East Bay Integrative Hypnotherapy  


John Thatcher Ph.D. CCHT
East Bay Integrative Hypnotherapy
Oakland / Lafayette, CA




There is in each of us an innate drive to realize our fullest potential and to express ourselves in an authentic and empowered way. But so often this potential goes unfulfilled because we find ourselves trapped by patterns of behavior, reactivity, and thought that no longer serve us but which we feel unable to change.

What we want is a deeper and more open perspective about ourselves that will allow us to integrate the various aspects of our self, to envision and create new possibilities in our lives, and to enjoy a wider ranger of choices as to how we view ourselves and interact with others and the world.  We want to be in touch with our own deeper wisdom and strength so that we can live a life that has direction and meaning.

There is no magic in hypnosis.  It is simply a state of focused attention in which the mind is completely absorbed with that on which it is focused.  Attentional absorption happens in our everyday lives, such as when we become completely absorbed in a movie or a TV program or perhaps when we read a good book. Likewise, our beliefs and the running commentary inside our head keeps us absorbed in a series of trance-like states about who we are and about the world in which we live.  Hypnotherapy utilizes this natural ability of ours, but in a more conscious fashion to utilize our full powers of concentration to focus our attention inwardly, allowing us to discover hidden resources, strengths, and latent abilities within our unconscious mind.


All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis, and so hypnosis is not a sleep state nor are you as the client passive.  Although the body appears to be relaxed and inactive, your mind is focused and alert as it attends to what the hypnotherapist is saying or suggesting. The hypnotherapist’s role is to guide and assist, and your mind can therefore make decisions whether to participate or not in what is being suggested. Hypnosis cannot make you do anything that is against your moral and ethical codes.  The power does not reside in the hypnotherapist; the power resides in you.


Hypnotherapy enables us to step outside our usual experience of ourselves, to let go of old beliefs about ourselves and the world, and to release old behavior patterns. Hypnotherapy allows us to discover and access our own positive inner resources and achieve an expanded and empowered sense of self.  We can then get in touch with the free-flowing inner wisdom of the heart and thus create new possibilities in navigating and enhancing our everyday life.


Some of the many areas which integrative hypnotherapy can address are:



-Fears & anxiety


-Inner conflict


-Medical issues

-Low self-esteem

-Inner child issues

-Habit control


-Skill Rehearsal

-Past life regression

-Inner guidance


-Future goals

-Stress management

-Spiritual direction

-Inner critic attacks

-Smoking cessation













My integrative hypnotherapy practice utilizes hypnosis combined with aspects of Psychosynthesis and of sound therapy using crystal singing bowls. 


Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal psychology that is focused on personal growth and self-actualization.  Within each of us there is an innate drive to embrace and actualize the whole of who we are, to realize our fullest potential, and express ourselves in a way that is both authentic and responsible.  But in most of us this drive is unrecognized, unused or truncated by the wounding we suffer in childhood.  The goal is to learn to recognize this drive within and to work through whatever obstacles are in the way so that we can discover and be in touch with our own inner resources and express the fullness of our true self.  As human beings, our personality is composed of a multiplicity of aspects or parts which operate outside of our conscious awareness until they get triggered by various people, events or life situations. This is why we can become different people in different circumstances.  These various parts can unconsciously drive our behavior and cause conflict within and obstruct our personal growth.  One of the goals in this work is for me to help bring these parts into your conscious awareness, allowing you to dis-identify from them and integrate them so that you can live a life with more freedom and more choices. 

Another aspect of this psychology is its consideration of the spiritual dimension of a person, i.e. our experience beyond the individual self, including experiences of spiritual insight and higher states of consciousness.  As we move through lie, many of us begin asking questions, the most central of which is “Who or what am I?”  Psychosynthesis holds that meaning and purpose derive from a healthy relationship between the personal self and a deeper Ground of Being. We are always being invited by this deeper ground to move in certain directions in our life, and many of our life frustrations develop from being out of harmony with this deeper direction.  My goal is to help you connect with your own deeper wisdom and to help you address whatever obstacles are preventing you from responding to your deepest callings.


Sound Therapy

Sound is an ancient and universal form of healing used in many cultures and spiritual traditions around the world. Healing sound touches and transforms us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.  I use quartz crystal singing bowls to produce harmonics which help to quiet the mind and bring about a state that is conducive to hypnotherapy.  Quartz  crystal produces one of the purest sound waves possible, and these pure vibrations resonate with the various crystalline structures in the human body. The sound waves massage the body at the molecular level and slow down mind activity.  I use two or three bowls in conjunction with hypnotherapy in order to facilitate a state of deep relaxation which is conducive to healing.  The bowl vibrations can also help you get in touch with the deepest parts of your self where you can access inner resources and new perspectives.


I also have a separate private practice in sound therapy in Oakland.  To find out more about the benefits of crystal singing bowl therapy and my private practice in sound therapy, please visit soundhealingtherapy.net


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John Thatcher Ph.D. CCHT
Oakland/Lafayette, CA

Affiliated with Hypnotherapy Associates


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Serving the East Bay and SF Bay Area

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