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Biography for Cheryl O'Neil, CCHt

Cheryl’s passion to help other people was ignited in her youth when she took up a metaphysical quest to understand the “how” and “why” of life. Through years of life experience and as a Kappasinian Hypnotherapist, Cheryl knows how stress and anxiety can lead to personal problems.

Successfully helping clients to achieve their heart’s desires since opening her practice, Cheryl says, “Clients who come through my door range in age from 6 to 92, covering a wide spectrum of issues. It is my privilege to help these courageous souls find solutions as quickly as possible. I believe life is to be enjoyed and it is possible to find happiness.”

Cheryl calls her company PathFinder because, she says, “Everyone’s on their own path, finding their way. I help them to enhance their life journey, overcome fears, release resistance and self-sabotage, accomplish goals, find relief, and move forward comfortably into confident positive living.”

As an honors graduate from HMI, Cheryl began her practice in 1997. She was invited to join the HMI teaching faculty in 1998. Trained by hypnotherapists/teachers, Candace Brown and Shelly Hammill, Cheryl gratefully acknowledges their expertise. In addition, the HMI experience of being a teacher’s assistant greatly enhanced Cheryl’s training not only as a teacher, but also as a hypnotherapist.

During her early teaching days, Cheryl approached Dr. John Kappas for in depth work. She is happily one of the hundreds of thousands who can say, “He changed my life!” The next two and a half years began a mentoring relationship for which Cheryl received extensive training from Dr. Kappas. Ever appreciative of that time, Cheryl is dedicated to passing on what she learned from this brilliant mentor who was beloved by so many.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Career Success
  2. Change Habits
  3. Death or Loss
  4. Fears
  5. Motivation
  6. Overeating
  7. Pain Management
  8. Procrastination
  9. Reach Goals
  10. Relationship Enhancement
  11. Self Confidence
  12. Self Mastery
  13. Shame
  14. Sleep Disorders
  15. Stage Fright
  16. Trauma
  17. Writers Block


Cheryl began her hypnotherapy practice in 1997. On the teaching staff at HMI since 1998, she was invited by George Kappas to create an imagery program for the American Hypnosis Association. Under the guidance of Dr. John Kappas, Cheryl created the Therapeutic Imagery Certification Program. Every year, she trains hundreds of students and healthcare professionals in using the art of imagery.

Cheryl also conducts motivational/imagery seminars for corporations and private groups in the Los Angeles area, as well as across the country. In 2003, she opened an office in Beverly Hills due to the growth of her practice on the west side. For fifteen and a half years Cheryl enjoyed a successful practice in Beverly Hills.

In 2018, Cheryl decided to come back home to HMI where her practice began years ago. While here, she is so happy to be more available to students who also are interested in Kappasinian Hypnotherapy.

While Cheryl has participated in radio and television programs, and is a speaker on the subjects of Hypnosis and Imagery, her heart remains focused on her private practice. Every day, Cheryl meets with individual clients to help them succeed in their personal development and mastery.


  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 12/12/1996 - Date Graduated: 12/17/1997
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1
  • Associate of Occupational Studies in Mind-Body Psychology with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 09/13/2021 - Date Graduated: 10/05/2022
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education

  • University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - Graduated with Honors
  • Graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC
  • Graduate of the Academy of Guided Imagery
  • Certified in HypnoBirthing and Fertility Hypnosis
  • Certified in Complimentary Medical Hypnosis
  • Certified in HIV/AIDS and Immunity Disorders

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Advertising and Promotion - 10/2022
  2. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 07/2014
  3. Body Syndromes - 10/2022
  4. Clinical Case History Package 1 - 10/2022
  5. Clinical Case History Package 2 - 06/2014
  6. Clinical Case History Package 3 - 02/2019
  7. How to Give a Dynamic Hypnosis Speech - 03/2009
  8. Hypnosis in History - 07/2015
  9. Intimate Conversations with Dr. John Kappas - 06/2018
  10. Love, Sex and Intimacy - 12/2015
  11. Master the Arm Raising - 10/2022
  12. Research Articles Course - 10/2022
  13. Understanding the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous - 02/2020


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010015
    Certification Valid To: Jan 01, 2100

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Certified Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis - 10/2022
  2. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 02/2017
  3. Healing the Inner Child - 06/2019
  4. Hypnosis and ADHD - 12/2015
  5. Hypnosis and Tinnitus - 12/2016
  6. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 07/2018


  • Honors Graduate - AOS Degree Program
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 10/05/2022
  • Honors Graduate - Clinical Hypnotherapy Program
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 11/11/1997
  • Kappasinian Lifetime Achievement Award in the Private Practice of Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 09/29/2006

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 1997
  • American Counseling Association
    Member Since: 1997
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 1997
  • National Guild of Hypnotists
    Member Since: 1998

Instructor at HMI – Classes Taught

  • 3-1 - Therapeutic Imagery 1
  • 3-2 - Therapeutic Imagery 2
  • 8-2 - Counseling and Interviewing


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Cheryl O'Neil
Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Tarzana, California 91356, United States