Ajamu James Ayinde, M.A., A.C.H. is a Certified Medical Hypnotherapist and Master Mental Coach with advanced training in pain management and catastrophic illnesses. He specializes in pediatric hypnosis applications and psycho-oncology. Ajamu offers a practical, results-oriented program for unlocking the athletic potential of student athletes.
Ajamu has provided hypnotic support to clients in 29 states and 10 countries via Skype or Zoom. His work has been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines, internet radio, and cable television. He was the subject of a documentary film by History on Video which showcased African Americans in the field of holistic medicine.
The M.E.N.T.A.L. Games™ training system is based on his sports psychology research, clinical experience and background as a classroom teacher, professional dancer and martial artist. The program teaches 6 core mental skills and addresses pre-game jitters, slumps, lack of confidence, emotional recovery and academic difficulties. He created the Vitamin V: Visualization for Cancer Support ™ program in 2001. The Vitamin V ™ program helps women with breast cancer to handle the anxiety associated with diagnosis, adopt the mindset of long-term survivors, manage the side effects of conventional treatment and rebuild the immune system.
Ajamu Ayinde was born and raised in the South Bronx,
surrounded by poverty, crime, and hopelessness. His mother
completed the Silva Mind Control program in the early 1970’s
and used it daily with her children to program them for success.
In 1982, Ajamu learned self-hypnosis using the late Dick
Sutphen’s mail order hypnosis cassette tapes and later from his
martial arts teachers. Hypnosis saved his life. It helped him
become a gentleman and a scholar and avoid gangs, guns, and
prison. His positive, focused state of mind helped him to earn
full scholarships to boarding school and college and excel in
theatre arts, dance, and martial arts. Through martial arts,
he was introduced to meditation and the application
of self-hypnosis for performance enhancement.
In 1991 he received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Trinity College emphasizing multicultural education and performing arts. As a member of the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble, he performed modern dance in various cities throughout the US and in Europe. He has been a Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Trainer since 1998 having completed his training with the late Dr. Allen Chips, Executive Director of the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (NATH) in Virginia Beach. Ajamu completed a 2-year apprenticeship in Neuro-Linguistic Healing with Michael Ellner, Ph.D. at the Hypnosis Institute in New York, later that year. Since 2000 he has traveled across the US and to Canada and England to train physicians, nurses and other health professionals in various aspects of guided imagery. His informative presentations have been offered at SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley-(Broadway campus and Mary’s Ave. campus), St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Morehouse School of Medicine, Orange County Dept. of Health and the Dutchess County Dental Society.
From 2003-2005, he was the staff hypnotherapist at Millennium Healthcare/Avatar Cancer Center in Atlanta. For 3 years he wrote for the newsletter of the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital. In 2004 he earned his Master's degree in Motivational Psychology from Huntington Pacific University, in which he profiled the mindsets of elite athletes and performers. Ajamu received his certification as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming from John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn. Ajamu was the 2004 International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) Therapist of the Year.
Ajamu offers certification training for health professionals in Transpersonal Medical Hypnosis through the NATH and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA). In 2012 Ajamu was honored by the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (NATH) for his outstanding contributions to the field. Since 2014, he has led monthly guided imagery seminars for cancer survivors through the Oncology Support Program at the Herbert and Sofia Reuner House in Kingston, New York. Most recently, he garnered the 2017 NATH Most Unique Contribution award for his work providing pregnant families in NY and CT with in-home prenatal and postpartum hypnosis support.