About Stuart Hellebrand


stuart-ranchMy experience with hypnosis began in 1965.  However, my career extends to 1967, when I began teaching self-hypnosis classes at California State University Northridge.

In addition to my hypnotherapy practice, I have lectured and taught hypnosis and hypnotherapy subject matter classes at colleges, universities, and for professional and community groups throughout California.


Beyond being active in my profession for 50 years, I have extensive counseling experience, through having worked for Los Angeles County for 32-years, before retiring in 2002.  My career assignments included but were not limited to:

  • Counseling probationers
  • Supervising counseling and treatment services provided to individuals on probation
  • Working as a consultant to the administrators of 21 counseling and treatment programs
  • Designing and implementing a ‘model’ counseling program for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, and
  • Having administrative responsibility for a 120 bed counseling and treatment program in Malibu, CA.

Hypnotherapy Practice

My client base is diverse, ranging from individuals seeking personal and professional self-improvement  to medical referrals, dental referrals, and referrals from licensed counseling professionals.  Referrals from dentists, physicians, and counseling professionals have historically accounted for some 30% of my clients.

In addition to my private counseling practice, I am a Senior Clinical Instructor in White Memorial Medical Center’s (WMMC) Craniofacial Pain Clinic, in Hawthorne, CA. In this capacity, I have taught self-hypnosis techniques and worked with dental referrals who presented with chronic pain.

In the professional educational arena, I have taught a continuing education classes titled Learn Hypnosis and Understand How Hypnotherapy Can Benefit Your Clients and Understanding Stress, Hypnosis, and the Use of Self-Hypnosis for Stress Management.  One or both of these classes have been taught to licensed therapists through the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS), Psycho-Legal Associates, and the Department of Educational Psychology, at California State University Northridge (CSUN).  I have also taught a 12-hour continuation education class to dentists in California.  This class is titled Hypnosis in Dentistry: Learn Hypnosis While Understanding Its Use in 21st Century Dentistry.

Lastly, by way of Skype, Face Time, and in person, I have mentored licensed therapists about The Use of Hypnosis in 21st Century Counseling, and Developing Your Business Plan and The Business Practices Necessary to Develop and Grow a Thriving Counseling Practice.

My areas of specialization include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Avocational and Vocational Counseling
  • Test Taking Preparation and Test Taking Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Sleep Improvement
  • Medical Hypnosis by Referral to include Weight Loss, Pain Management, etc.
  • Integrative Therapy with Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and
  • Teaching Self-Hypnosis to All Clients as an Adjunct to Hypnotherapy

Note: As a Hypnotherapist I Do Not Diagnose, Prescribe, or Treat any Medical or Psychological Condition.


  • A.A., B.A. and M.S. Degrees
  • Post-Secondary Certifications as a Hypnotist, Master Hypnotist, and Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Ht.)
  • Dale Carnegie School Graduate
  • Approximately 1,500 Hours of Standards and Training in Corrections Classes
  • Modern Hypnosis for 21st Century Dentists ~ The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC
  • Approximately 1,000 Hours of Monthly Continuing Education ~ WMMC Craniofacial Pain Clinic ~ through April 2015

American Hypnosis Association Certifications:

  • Guided Imagery and Advanced Imagery Facilitator
  • Therapeutic Imagery Master
  • Imagery for Life Passages
  • Hypnosis and ADD / ADHD
  • Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation
  • Hypnosis and Weight Loss
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Past Life Regression

Affiliations and Professional Memberships

Community Workshops

  • Improving Sleep through the Use of Self -Hypnosis
  • Learn Self-Hypnosis: A Skill That Can Improve Many Areas of Your Life
  • Understanding Stress and Learning How to Use Self-Hypnosis for Stress Management
  • Using Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis to Achieve and Maintain Successful Weight Loss
  • Using Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis to Stop Smoking

Geographic Service Area

In that I now am a full time resident of La Quinta, I primarily work with clients who reside in the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella.