Meet Our Trainers & Consultants

//Meet Our Trainers & Consultants
Meet Our Trainers & Consultants2017-05-24T16:49:21+00:00

Rachel Hott

Rachel B. Hott, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel B. Hott, who holds a Ph. D. in clinical psychology is a certified master practitioner and trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and co-director and co-founder of The NLP Center of New York. She is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist and holds a master degree in Dance/Movement Therapy. She is also a hypnotherapist certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).  Rachel has been a course leader for American Management Association and a private consultant for executives. She has been trained by Jack Canfield to facilitate self-esteem trainings. Her specialization areas include: Performance anxiety, Sexuality, Life Transitions, Addictions and Healthy Lifestyles including weight control, sleep and exercise.

In addition to NLP, she includes Thought Field Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Self-Relations in her therapeutic repertoire. Rachel is also authorized and endorsed by NLP Comprehensive to conduct Core Transformation© workshops. Rachel has written numerous articles for Anchor Point magazine. Rachel is sought after as a presenter on NLP and Communication. Some of her recent clients have been the International Coach Federation (ICF), RogenSI, Uventures and Equinox.
Click here to read a 2011 interview with Dr. Hott.
Click here to listen to a 2014 interview with Dr. Hott.

Steven A. Leeds, M.A.

Steven Leeds, M.A.. LMHC, NYS licensed mental health counselor, who holds masters degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Secondary Education is a certified Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Steven, who is co-director and co-founder of The NLP Center of New York began studying NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis in 1981 with John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Robert Dilts, Leslie Cameron Bandler and Virginia Satir. He has also studied extensively with Stephen Gilligan and Jack Canfield. For over 25 years, Steven has designed and conducted NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis training in the United States, Europe and South America. He conducted the first Swiss NLP Certification Training in Zurich, Switzerland.

Steven has been teaching NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Post Master Practitioner and Trainer Training as well as the Ericksonian Hypnosis Certification Training since 1986. Steven is also authorized and endorsed by NLP Comprehensive to conduct Core Transformation© seminars. Steven is a founding member of the International Association of NLP and is certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).

Steven and Rachel are authors of the new NLP book, NLP: A Changing Perspective

Photos of Steven and Rachel by Jerry Herman

JoshDavis-15 SmallJoshua I. Davis, Ph.D., who earned his doctorate in Social Psychology from Columbia University, is the Director of Research and Lead Professor for the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global leadership institute devoted to translating neuroscience and psychology research into application for leadership. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Barnard College of Columbia University, where he teaches Emotion and Self-Regulation.

At the NLP Center of New York, Josh is a member of the training staff, and teaches brief topic specific courses, on either The Art of Public Speaking or Goal Follow Through. Both have received excellent reviews. Josh has been speaking publicly for over a decade, ranging from leading small discussions, to teaching highschool and college, to presenting to 1000s of people at scientific or business conferences internationally.  He has helped numerous students over the years to become comfortable speaking, come to enjoy the process, and build mastery.  He loves facilitating others to learn, overcome presentation issues and achieve their goals, and thus looks forward to taking a new journey with the students every time.

unspecifiedRobert Schwartz, M.A. earned a masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors in Jazz improvisation from New York University. After working as an institutional architect for 7 years, Rob moved into consulting and has worked on both large IT projects as well as organizational development and leadership consulting. Rob works both in the US and Japan with companies including Amazon and Suntory.

Rob has been a trainer at the NLP Center of New York for 10 years. He also has a third degree black belt in Kung Fu and has practiced Aikido for 10 years.

John_OConnor-5989-HIRESv2John O’Connor is a successful Executive Business and Personal coach in NYC. He coaches top sales teams in real estate, E-commerce and in the wellness industry and speaks to groups nationally about the inner game of building their business. His selling career began 20 years ago with direct sales, and has now built two six figure service businesses. Whether you sell a product, service or ideas, John has excellent strategies and tools to help you achieve your professional sales goals. John is an NLP  Master Certified Coach and Hypnosis practitioner. When he is not selling John enjoys leading men’s groups, spending quality time with wife and kids and practicing Brazilian Ju-Jitsu with the Gracie’s.

Trudy Raschkind Steinfeld, a certified trainer of NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis, is a consultant, facilitator, and coach. For many years she was consulting editor to the Yale Child Study Center’s School Development Program, for which she also coauthored several textbook chapters on the relationship of social and emotional development to academic learning and to team building and team work. As a researcher, editor, and author, she also worked for many years with the independent Impact Analysis and Strategies Group, Inc., which evaluated and offered guidance to school systems and school intervention programs.

As a staff developer, Trudy conducts on-site workshops, courses, and individual sessions for health professionals, business people, educators, and students on a wide range of subjects including communication, rapport, and mediation skills; increasing personal effectiveness and creativity; modeling excellence; modeling personal and group sense of purpose and meaning; overcoming test and performance anxiety; and the power of metaphor. She also maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, working with individuals, couples, and groups. In addition, Trudy is a trained musician who sang professionally for many years.


Mickey Afeher

Mickey A. Feher heads the in-house corporate division of the NLP Institute of New York. Mickey also built and developed Advantage Group in Central Eastern Europe where AG provides services in 8 countries. He is a former leader in multinational companies and start-ups and also a successful entrepreneur. He is the CEO of AG’s international arm in the United States. AG is part of London headquartered Prosell’s global network of performance improvement specialists and is the East Coast representative of Dilts Strategy Group founded by the internationally recognized top coach and trainer Robert B. Dilts.

He is married and has two children and is passionate about meditation, Kung-fu and yoga.

He believes that you can love what you do and create a business that is both successful in financial terms and helps to make the word a better place, this notion is known as Zentrepreneurship.