If you're not doing what you love, you're wasting your time.
Born and raised in Berea, OH, Traci was the only child of George and Carol Kanaan, who owned and operated Copy Center West. Traci began playing (pounding) the piano at the age of 2. Her parents traded printing for some piano lessons, and Traci found herself studying at The Cleveland Institute of Music at the age of 5. Traci’s piano teachers didn’t appreciate “her bursts of creativity.” They constantly pointed out her “inability to follow directions” and “reluctance to play the music the way it was written,” and Traci was eventually “dismissed” after burning through 8 teachers in 8 years. With the help of an understanding adjunct piano professor at Baldwin-Wallace College who encouraged creativity and independent thinking, she graduated from Berea High in 1987 with a scholarship in music. She attended Otterbein University in Westerville, OH and graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in Music and Business and minors in piano performance, electronic music, and music composition. In order to graduate with her degree in Music, Traci needed to complete a senior recital. She didn’t have the best memory or technical skills to perform, so she composed all of the music for her senior recital, including developing notation systems for children’s toys, pioneering a synthesis of reel to reel and electronic music compositions, and instructing the musicians how to act out comedic moments in her pieces. The recital was held Oct 31st at 11pm, and was sold out. Little did her parents know she would eventually use these composition skills and her $60,000 degree in music to sing funny songs…around the world!
Upon graduation, Traci worked at Suburban Clock and Repair and North Coast Imports, as a sales person, bookkeeper and sales manager for the imports and wholesale division. She tripled their sales in the 3 years she worked there, and learned a lot about owning and running a small business. In 1994, she left to begin taking over the family business, Copy Center West. It lasted 10 months. While at a service club conference, Traci met the man who would become her husband, and left Ohio in 1995 and headed down to Palmetto, FL. They married in 1997. Still wanting to own a small business, Traci opened up Traci Keychain Advertising Specialties with $200 and began selling promotional products and corporate gifts to local businesses. Her company was nominated for Manatee Small Business of the Year in 1999, 2000, & 2001. During this time she was very active in the community as a business leader and volunteer. She was an active member of The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and The Palmetto Rotary for nearly 20 years, serving as President of The Palmetto Rotary Club in 2004-2005 and again in 2014-2015. She was honored with Palmetto Rotarian of the Year in 2013. In 2014, she ended up selling her promotional products accounts so she could pursue comedy full-time.
Let’s back track a little, to 2002. Traci realized she missed her music and wanted to try stand up comedy. She loved it! She began hitting open mics everywhere she could, and worked her way up to headlining smaller clubs in 2007 by developing the comedy persona known as The Princess of Parodies. In 2009, she released her comedy CD “Tinkle Tinkle Little Star.” Also in 2009, she was hired to perform at a clothing optional resort. With the recession in 2008, comedy clubs were closing and she had nowhere to perform as a new headliner. She saw an opportunity to expand her comedy following with nudist resorts, and created another musical comedy persona specifically for swingers, nudists and BDSMers…The Dominatrix of Ditties. Through The Dominatrix of Ditties, she’s been able to entertain swinger cruises, hotel takeover parties, clothing optional resorts and other events for sexually adventurous adults on an international level. The Dominatrix of Ditties was voted Top Female Lifestyle Entertainer by the Annual Lifestyle Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
In her travels as a comedian, Traci tried hypnosis for fun and got hooked. She began researching everything she could on it. She got hooked, and started hypnotizing friends for fun. In January of 2015, Traci’s life changed forever when she and her husband of 17+ years separated. A few weeks later, Traci was about to go on a 6 week comedy tour. She went to say goodbye to her mother (who was then living in Florida), and found her unconscious. Traci was virtually “homeless” and now the primary caregiver of her mother, who had full blown dementia and rampant diabetes.
Her life shattered, Traci spent the next 3 years embroiled in divorce, battling attorneys while caring for her mother, who was extremely defiant and prone to depression and horrendous bursts of anger. With her promotional products business sold and now unable to go on long trips for comedy due to taking care of her mother, Traci drove for Uber and sold Pure Romance while planning her next move; enroll in Hypnotherapy school and eventually open a dedicated Hypnosis center. Traci only knew she wanted to help others, and had no idea when she enrolled just how much Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy was going to help her!
Traci found 85% of her grief with the divorce and her sadness with her mother’s death gone in 2 sessions. She is the woman she is today because of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and she’s on a mission to help others reconcile their pasts so they can enjoy an amazing future.
In 2018, Traci published her first book "Hey...And Other Scintillating Mating Calls From The Online Dating World." During the 3 years she was single, she started posting her dating adventures on Facebook, collecting hundreds of emails from men that allegedly wanted to date her, and her hilarious responses back. At the end of the book, you can read about her Rate-A-Date system that she used to ultimately find the partner of her dreams, in Doug Crenshaw.
Traci integrates her training as a Certified Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist with 25 years as a business owner/entrepreneur, 18 years as a stand up comedian, and 50+ years creative problem solving. She freely incorporates any number of 50+ hypnosis and healing modalities in sessions, easily adapting on the fly to her client’s needs every moment, and personalizing their sessions to their interests.
This is the basic training for any hypnotist. You learn what hypnosis is, how to hypnotize someone, put them into trance, give them basic suggestions, and get them out of trance. I received two Certified Hypnotist trainings, my first through The National Federation of Neuro-Lingustic Programming in Venice, FL and my second through Virginia Hypnosis in Franconia, VA.
Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist
I’ve studied Macro and Micro-cosmology, Reincarnation, Karma, Dharma, Past Life Regression, Life Between Life Regression, Out of Body Experiences, Remote Viewing, Spiritual Growth, Meditation, Mindfulness, Alien Abduction, and Entity Release. I work within the belief systems of my client and honor where they are in their spiritual journey. I received my training from The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy in Tampa, FL.
Smoking Cessation Specialist
If you’re tired of smelling like smoke, being controlled by cigarettes, worried about your health, and want to be around a little longer to enjoy your loved ones, I have a smoking cessation protocol where you quit smoking forever in 2 hours. Same process works for chewing tobacco, cigars, pipes, vaping, and pot. My smoking cessation program comes with a lifetime guarantee. In the unlikely event you start smoking again, come back any time for a booster session. I received my training from The North American Academy of Hypnosis in Sacramento, CA.
Certified Hypnotist: Hypnotic Presentation Skills
This certification taught me how to incorporate hypnotic language when I give a talk or presentation. I received this training from The San Diego Institute of Hypnotherapy in San Diego, CA.
NLP Basic, Master and Trainer Certifications
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programing. Basically, this is the study of re-programming your mind for maximum effectiveness. Successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. By studying how successful people think and emulating those thoughts, we all can achieve success in our own lives. I can put someone into a hypnotic state and giving them suggestions, but if I don’t word the suggestions correctly then the time was wasted. Training in NLP ensures I give my clients powerful suggestions for maximum impact and effectiveness. I received all of my training in NLP from The National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and supplemental training from The San Diego Institute of Hypnosis.
Face Reading, Chinese Medicine & Hypnotherapy
Face Reading first appeared in China in the 6th Century B.C. Doctors in China have used the ancient science of face reading since the time of Confucius as an aid to diagnose their patients. Close observation of the face provided deep knowledge of the personality of their patients as well as insight into the state of their health and the impact of their unique experiences on their journey through life. The Chinese believe that the face represents the energies, health, and tendencies of a person. I’ve been studying Chinese Face Reading for several years now and use these skills to communicate more effectively with my clients and to help identify deeper issues my client may not be aware of consciously. I received my training from The San Diego Institute of Hypnotherapy in San Diego, CA.
What can I say? I'm a huge Star Wars fan. It was only $10 more to become a Jedi Knight when I became an Ordained Minister. I even have a Star Wars blanket in my office. May The Force be with you!
I’ve had 300+ hours of training in facilitating childhood regressions with my clients. Childhood is where most issues begin, so being able to take a client into the past and transform an experience into an empowering future is often significant in helping my clients get from where they are now to where they want to be. I received my training from The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy in Tampa, FL.
Sexual Freedom Hypnosis Practitioner
In addition to my 10 years experience working with swingers and the BDSM community, I’ve had additional training in working with the LGBTQA community: lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, and asexuals. There are only a handful of Sexual Freedom Hypnosis Practitioners in the US. I received my training from Sexual Freedom Hypnosis in the UK.
Certified Hypnotist: Identity by Design
In addition to the modalities mentioned above, I learned additional hypnosis and NLP tricks to get my clients to where they want to be even faster. I received my training from The San Diego Institute of Hypnotherapy in San Diego, CA.
Ordained Minister with the Universal Life Church
Being an ordained minister allows me to legally “touch” my clients (taps on the wrist, occasional hugs), whereas “touching clients” is typically a no-no in mental health practices. I also use it to lead non-mainstream ceremonies, such as honoring newly formed polyamorous families, renewing vows for married couples at swinger conventions, or Collaring ceremonies.
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
I’ve been trained to use hypnosis and teach others how to hypnotize themselves for pain management, including but not limited to dental work, hypnosis for child birth, and chronic pain relief. I received my training from The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy in Tampa, FL.
Virtual Gastric Band and Weight Loss Specialist
If you’d like to lose a few pounds, then you may want to consider my Virtual Gastric Bypass Protocol. Instead of surgically putting a lap band around your stomach and risking all the unpleasant and often dangerous side effects of physically altering your body, I perform a gastric bypass hypnotically, thereby reducing your appetite. Subsequent appointments work on controlling your food cravings and encouraging movement and exercise. If you want to change how you look, you HAVE to change your mind. I received my training from Virginia Hypnosis.
Certified Hypnotist: Conversational Hypnosis
Occasionally, I get a client that is terrified of hypnosis. They’re afraid of losing control, don’t believe hypnosis is real, it goes against their religious beliefs, and/or is just having a rough time relaxing. Whatever the case may be, Conversational Hypnosis is perfect for these situations. My main concern is getting my client the results they want, within the belief systems they have to work with. If they don’t want to be officially “hypnotized,” no problem. I received my training from The San Diego Institute of Hypnotherapy in San Diego, CA.
There are 2 things that really set Traci apart from her competitors. Of course, there is her sense of humor! Traci combines creativity, comedy, and hypnosis to weave fun sessions leaving her clients much happier than when they arrived, often laughing throughout the appointment! The second, is that while trained in traditional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, Traci's connections performing for sexually adventurous adults has led her to becoming the leader in the field of Erotic Hypnotherapy for Sexually Adventurous Adults. She is one of the few Certified Sexual Freedom Hypnosis Practitioners in the U.S., as well as a BDSM, Kink & Fetish Friendly Hypnosis Professional. She receives referrals from other hypnotists because while these kinds of clients are out of their comfort level, these clients are just another day at the office for her! Traci has taught several classes at Hypnosis conferences including Hypnothoughts 2019, Mindquake Erotic Hypnosis 2020, and is scheduled to teach 3 classes at Hypnothoughts 2021.
You'll find Traci to be an open book, easy to talk to, and if you can surprise her? You've accomplished something significant!
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