Meet Our Trainers & Consultants

//Meet Our Trainers & Consultants
Meet Our Trainers & Consultants2020-06-05T10:12:01+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

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.

Vesela Pehlivanova is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher at MNDLF New York and she has completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at Weill Cornell Medicine. Vesela is also a Zen practitioner at the Zen Mountain Monastery where she continuous her studies with the Buddhist teachers there. In addition, she holds Bachelor degrees in Physiotherapy and Healthcare Management, and has completed NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner trainings, Ericksonian Hypnosis Level I and Level II, as well as Core Transformation. Vesela is a successful personal and corporate coach based in NYC where she is helping people maximize their potential in each area of life. She enjoys meditating, exercising, reading, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling and exploring new places, cultures and the human mind.

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.


Josh Davis, PhD is the author of the international best-seller, Two Awesome Hours.  He is Chief Scientist and Senior Faculty at the Mentora Institute.  He has been studying NLP since 2000, and a trainer with the NLP Center of NY for the last decade.  He is a sought after public speaker, and has been teaching online regularly since 2011.  He received his doctorate from Columbia University, then joined the psychology department at Barnard College of Columbia University, prior to working in leadership development.  His writing has appeared in venues ranging from Harvard Business Review and Fast Company to Psychology Today and highly-regarded academic journals.  He or his work has been mentioned in the Times of London, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other major media sources.