Hypnosis Education and Hypnotherapy Counseling for Coachella Valley Residents

My work involving hypnosis and hypnotherapy has now spanned 57 years.

During this time, I completed a 32-year career with Los Angeles County, working primarily in counseling and treatment programs.

Also, during this time, I engaged in the following professional activities:

  1. I Maintained a hypnotherapy counseling practice;
  2. Worked as a hypnotherapist in a regional medical center’s pain clinic;
  3. Taught hypnosis and hypnotherapy subject matter workshops to licensed psychotherapists throughout California; and,
  4. Taught continuing education classes for the Department of Educational Psychology, at California State University Northridge (CSUN)

That which sets me apart from others in my profession involves the following:

  1. The extent of my diversified training;
  2. The scope of my education;
  3. The fact that for 10 years I worked, as a hypnotherapist, in a medical center’s pain clinic;
  4. My extensive client experience with hypnosis and hypnotherapy;
  5. The fact that I have trained licensed therapists thought California in the use of hypnosis; and,
  6. My diversified work, by way of referrals, from dentists, physicians, and licensed therapists, as documented on the Professional Testimonials page of my website

In short, I am uniquely experienced and qualified in the profession of hypnotherapy. This is also the case when it comes to using Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, where I provide proficiency training at no cost. 

To protect the confidentiality and privacy of clients, I use the HIPAA compliant version of Zoom, my video conferencing platform of choice.

Hypnotherapists’ address issues that do not qualify as medical, emotional, or psychological disorders.  However, as a hypnotherapist, I have had a long history of working, by way of referrals, with the patients of dentists, medical doctors, and psychotherapists.  Said work most often involves issues beyond the scope of self-improvement counseling.

Generally speaking a hypnotherapist address the little things that the majority of people struggle with on a daily basis. It is safe to say that most everyone you know, yourself included, wants to improve in one way or another.  Improving your golf game, increasing your confidence and motivation, reducing stress, improving sleep quality, stopping smoking, addressing your fear of public speaking, and more are all specialties of a hypnotherapist. A comprehensive list of the issues I have addressed, over these many years, can be viewed under the Issues Frequently Addressed Through Hypnotherapy tab on my website.

Unlike psychologists and medical doctors, a hypnotherapist is the only professional specifically trained to work in most areas of self-improvement.

As a hypnotherapist, my goal is to help you achieve your underlying potential, while placing you on a path of personal growth and success.  Though we cannot change your past; you can change and thereby become empowered to resolve the current challenges you face in life life.  By way of hypnosis and through hypnotherapy, you can modify long-standing behavior patterns and or underlying negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, meaningful, productive, and rewarding life.

Stuart Hellebrand, M.S., C.Ht.

Certified Hypnotherapist

…hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally occurring state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.

-Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine

Areas of Specialization

As a hypnotherapist,  I have worked with sports performance enhancement,  stress management, sleep improvement, self-esteem building, test taking anxiety, self-improvement, fears and phobias, smoking cessation, weight loss, etc.  I also teach self-hypnosis to each client, as a self-empowerment tool to manage many of life’s challenges. For a list of issues I have addressed during my career, please  ‘click’ on “About” on my homepage’s banner, and then ‘click’ on  “Issues Frequently Addressed through Hypnotherapy.” 

Hypnotherapy by way of Zoom and other platforms has been an integral part of my practice for more than 10 years. Using Skype, FaceTime, and now Zoom has afforded me the opportunity to work with clients throughout the United States and even Internationally. Conversely, it has afforded individuals the opportunity to access my professional services from the convenience of where they live or work. 

A highlight example of the above involved working with a three time Academic All American swimmer on Cal Berkeley’s National Championship Swim Team.  Our work spanned the gamut, from traditional one hour sessions to 5-10 minute sessions shortly before academic tests or invitational swim meets throughout the United States. Traditional in person meetings would have made this impossible.

Before moving to La Quinta, I worked for many years as a Senior Clinical Instructor in the Craniofacial Pain Clinic at White Memorial Medical Center, in Los Angeles, where I taught self-hypnosis techniques and worked with dental referrals who experienced chronic pain.  I remain affiliated with the clinic.

Also, before moving to La Quinta, I taught continuing education classes 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 continuing education class to dentists in California.

In that I now am a full time resident of La Quinta, California, I look forward to the privilege of working with individuals who reside in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and surrounding areas. I also look forward to continuing to train licensed therapists through my interface with continuing education providers and through one on one work with private practice clinicians.


Telecommuting, Telemedicine, and Teletherapy have evolved, such that they have become mainstream since the advent of COVID-19.  Obviously, this prioritizes health and safety.  At the same time, convenience, cost savings, and other benefits are undeniable.

As for flexible fees, I reduce my fees for first responders, including law enforcement, paramedics, EMT’s, and firefighters.  Also included are medical and mental health professionals, educators, member’s of the National Guard, and active duty and retired members of military service.

Offering flexible fees does not reduce my quality of service or or the length of time spent during sessions. More so, it is my way of honoring, thanking, and giving back to those who work in service to others, while at times risking health, safety, and at times even life itself.

Lastly, for reasons over which I have no control, search engine’s like Google and various on line directories often mistakenly categorize hypnotherapists under a master heading of “Psychologist.” Such is incorrect, in that to call one’s self a psychologist requires a doctorate in psychology and licensure by the State in which one works as a psychologist.