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Gary R. Naccarato, CMS-CHt, FIBH


I am excited to announce that I have recently joined the Studio Wellness Centre team, located in Studio City, California. Starting now, I will be offering both in-person and tele-sessions at this amazing new location. This expansion allows me to better serve our community and provide a more flexible and accessible approach to your hypnotherapy needs.


Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses guided hypnosis to achieve a heightened state of focused attention and suggestibility, often referred to as a trance. While in this deep state of natural relaxation, the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions and changes, allowing us to address various issues such as stress, lack of motivation, phobias, chronic pain, and undesirable behaviors like smoking or overeating. Both suggestions and imagery can help the client reframe thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses, leading to significant and lasting improvements. Hypnotherapy is known for its ability to access and alter deep-seated beliefs and patterns that may not be easily reached through conscious effort alone.


Each personalized session varies according to your goals and specific needs. Together, we will evaluate these considerations, and I will utilize a combination of techniques Higher Self Hypnotherapy specializes in. My method is to use the best tool at the right time.


Preferences for tele-hypnotherapy or in-person sessions often hinge on individual comfort and convenience. Some people prefer tele-hypnotherapy because it allows them to engage in sessions from the comfort and privacy of their own home, eliminating the need for travel and providing greater scheduling flexibility. This can be particularly beneficial for those with busy lifestyles, mobility issues, or living in remote areas. On the other hand, others prefer in-person sessions due to the immediate personal connection and the controlled, calming environment of the therapist’s office, where subtle non-verbal cues can be more easily observed and addressed. Additionally, the physical presence of a therapist can provide an added sense of reassurance and support, especially during more intense therapeutic processes. Ultimately, the choice depends on what makes the client feel most at ease and supported in their therapeutic journey.


Medical support hypnotherapy is based on the theory that the mind can influence the body’s physical processes. If the body can affect the mind when we are sick or in pain, why can’t the mind in return affect the body?


It can be beneficial for pain reduction, accelerated healing, avoiding complications from medical procedures and responding better to medical treatments. It’s empowering because it makes it more likely that you can participate in your own recovery.

Hypnotherapy can have a profound and positive impact on your life. See what current clients are saying here, or read all of the benefits here.
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After retiring from a twenty-year career as an Emmy Award-winning producer and creative director due to complications from a rare autoimmune disease, I eventually became unable to care for myself and required full-time assistance. Now in complete remission, I am a Board-Certified Clinical and Medical Support Hypnotherapist, helping others who struggle with illness, pain, and the toll these take on physical and mental wellbeing.

I studied at the prestigious Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and am a Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy. IBH has the most stringent requirements for certification and maintains the strictest level of professional training and ethics in the hypnotherapy community. Based in Los Angeles, I share my life with my amazing husband P.J. and our dogs Herbie, Oscar, and Moneypenny.


Had great experience at Higher Self and would definitely recommend to anyone seeking hypnotherapy treatment. Gary is a practitioner who displays professionalism throughout the process and I am super pleased by the results. Gary is the best!


- Jay F., Los Angeles, CA (2024)

From a curious skeptic- Gary is a skillful practitioner who listens and provides pathways to understanding. I appreciate his thoughtful guidance and highly recommend his work to anyone seeking clarity.


- Jennifer M., Seattle, WA (2024)

I have the benefit of having a previous friendship with Gary but with that being said I had no prior experience with hypnosis let alone medical hypnosis. I was at a time in my life when my illness made it very difficult for me to relax physically or mentally. Gary was not only able to very quickly put my mind at ease but guide me to a place where I could confront my illness and start charting a path forward. If I were to speak to what I feel makes our sessions work, it would be Gary’s ability to listen, empathize and then design a session around my specific needs. It feels like a very intuitive and organic process with him and I mean that in the best way possible. 

- Shannon B., Los Angeles, CA (2023)

I met Gary when I was at a difficult crossroads and with each tailor-made session, he brought me through a very difficult time. In just one session he was able to change some of the habits that were troubling me in just a few days. Gary’s very intuitive and creates each session to benefit your mental and physical health and does it with a gentleness and thoughtfulness that really makes hypnotherapy work for the long term. 


- Andrea K., Los Angeles, CA (2023)

As someone who had never experienced hypnotherapy, I found it to be extremely beneficial in helping me overcome negative self-talk and lack of self-confidence. It even helped me get in touch with and heal some physical pain. Gary Naccarato is a very empathetic, non-judgmental and professional hypnotherapist. He creates a safe space for healing and genuinely cares about his clients and helping them reach their goals.


- Leslie S., Richland, WA (2022) 

Intrigued. Skeptical. Hesitant. Excited. Just a few words that popped into my head before my Hypnotherapy consultation with Mr. Naccarato. After our first session, I was sold. Every session since, a new breakthrough occurs. The positive reinforcement seems to be incredible. I cannot recommend hypnotherapy more.  Imagine, sense, and feel… and know that your psyche is safe in Gary Naccarato’s hands. You are deserving.


- Robert S., Los Angeles, CA (2024) 

Let me start by saying I had never undergone hypnotherapy before this, and like many things in life, you get out of it what you're willing to put in. Having struggled with anxiety and addictive behaviors for several years, I was having a lot of difficulty in my day to day and watching many unrealized moments of inner peace with myself and those around me pass me by. Right away, Gary had this unique ability to center in and work with me to verbalize my goals and provide me access to a place in my mind I had forgotten existed.


Through several sessions and a masterful process, I can now interact with my mind state in a healing, healthy, and positive manner. It's like being given back another chance at a more meaningful life. All I had to do was take it. I'm grateful beyond measure for this experience and would, without the slightest hesitation, highly recommend Gary's expertise to literally anyone wanting growth at any level.


- Jordan W., San Francisco, CA (2022)

Working with Gary is a heart and soul opening experience. The atmosphere he creates is safe, warm and positive. His approach is sensitive, intelligent, practical and results driven. So thank you Gary for improving my life!


- Stephane E., Los Angeles, CA (2023)

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