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Biography for George J. Kappas, MA, LMFT, CCHt

George John Kappas, MA, LMFT is the Director of Behavioral Science Centers and its college/clinic, the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI). Serving the Los Angeles community since 1968, HMI is home to more than 75 Hypnotherapists in private practice and has provided over 250,000 hours of private/individual hypnotherapy services.

Under Mr. Kappas’ direction, HMI has earned the distinction of becoming the first college and clinic of hypnotherapy to achieve National Accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Kappas’ responsibilities as director of HMI include lecturing, clinical supervision, publication, and research.

Mr. Kappas’ expertise in the field of human behavior and hypnotherapy have placed him in great demand to lecture on the role of the subconscious mind in understanding success in business motivation, financial prosperity and personal relationships.

Sharing his 29 years of HMI experience, Mr. Kappas' presentations present a concise and entertaining view of how our subconscious minds play a predominant role in our success in personal relationships and financial prosperity with specifics on how to get this powerful resource working for us on a daily basis.

The two lectures for which Mr. Kappas is most in demand are his presentation on motivation, success and prosperity which is captured in his lecture/text “Success Is Not An Accident” as well as his presentation “Relationships: The Subconscious Connection,” supported by the text Relationship Strategies: The E&P Factor.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Addictions
  2. Career Success
  3. Dreams
  4. Relationship Enhancement
  5. Resistance


  • Director, Hypnosis Motivation Institute, 1985 to Present
  • President, American Hypnosis Association, 1982 to Present
  • President, Hypnotherapists Union Local 472, 1993 to 2003


  • Master of Arts, Psychology
    Pepperdine University
    Date Started: 07/01/1983 - Date Graduated: 07/01/1985
    Total Years: 2
  • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology
    California State University, Fullerton
    Date Started: 01/07/1977 - Date Graduated: 07/15/1981
    Total Years: 4
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 06/01/1976 - Date Graduated: 07/15/1977
    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: 10/04/2022
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Body Syndromes - 03/2022
  2. Getting Your Zoom Room Approved - 08/2023
  3. Hypnosis in History - 03/2014
  4. Research Articles Course - 10/2022


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010001
    Certification Valid To: Jan 01, 2100

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 03/2022
  2. Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy - 03/2022

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2005
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
    Member Since: 1985
  • Council of Professional Hypnosis Organizations
    Member Since: 1981
  • PSY CHI Honor Society/Pepperdine University
    Member Since: 1984

Instructor at HMI – Classes Taught

  • 2-1 - Hypnotic Modalities
  • 2-5 - Kappasinian Hypnosis
  • 4-1 - Mental Bank Seminar
  • 5-1 - Emotional and Physical Sexuality 1
  • 5-2 - Emotional and Physical Sexuality 2
  • 6-1 - Dream Therapy
  • 7-1 - Law and Ethics
  • 8-3 - Substance Abuse
  • 9-1 - Advertising and Promotion 1



Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

George J. Kappas
Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Tarzana, California 91356, United States