Peter Fortunato, MFA, CHT Poet & Artist, Novelist, Certified Hypnotherapist, Ordained Minister 

Welcome! You’ve found my website. On this homepage is basic information about me and my professional services.  On this site you’ll also find information about my literary activities, a gallery of my artwork, links to my social media platforms, and my occasional blog.

My novel, Carnevale, is now available in print and e-book formats. Click on this link to my publisher’s website for complete information and easy, on line purchasing:  https://www.fomitepress.com/carnevale.html

I am a practitioner of complementary alternative medicine working in several mind/body modalities.  I specialize in hypnosis, Reiki, shamanic healing and Buddhist based counseling.   In essence, I help people to learn about themselves so as to enable their personal and spiritual growth.  I have experience with all of the classical applications of hypnosis including stress reduction, smoking cessation, phobia eradication, pain control, decision making, past-life regressions, preparing for surgery, preparing for birthing, and performance excellence. 


I am an educator and life coach, a spiritual guide rather than a mental health practitioner. My services are professional in nature, not “medical” or “psychological,” and so, I do not accept insurance reimbursements. I have been in private practice for more than 25 years in Ithaca, NY, and I have worked with hundreds of clients on many kinds of issues.

As well as being a healer, I’m a poet, novelist, essayist, performer, ceremony maker, visual artist, and teacher.  I use the term 21st Century Shamanism to describe the organic relationship among my gifts.  Read at length about 21st Century Shamanism on the page with that title. 

For many years I taught writing at both Cornell University and Ithaca College, and from 2005 through 2009 I taught at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. There, my writing seminars for the Pre-Medical Program introduced future doctors from all over the world to literature in English, as well as to such subjects as narrative medicine and psychology.

I’m non-sectarian, and I’m always interested in how others make sense of their reality. However, as a Buddhist practitioner for more than 40 years, I have applied its principles in many settings and with diverse people.  As an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church I frequently perform non-sectarian and interdenominational services, including weddings.

Telephone me to talk about yourself or send me an e-mail. Take some time at my website—and thank you for visiting!

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