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Biography for Janet Ricci, PsyD, CCHt, MS

Dr. Janet Ricci (PsyD, CCHt, MS) educational and professional background includes experiences in psychology and medicine. Born and raised in Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 2014 to pursue additional education and training.

Prior to her career in psychology, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and worked as a nurse in coronary intensive care and inpatient psychiatric units. She also earned a master’s degree in clinical and health psychology from La Sapienza University of Rome.

While in Italy, she practiced as a psychologist utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, autogenic training, mindfulness, and bioenergetic techniques with various clinical populations.

After moving to the United States, Dr. Ricci received specialized training in mindfulness-based interventions from UCSD Center for Mindfulness, she was trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness Self Compassion (MSC).

Dr. Ricci is a CCHt (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist) and an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist. Her specialties include general mental health, trauma, anxiety and panic disorders, mood disorders, chronic pain, addiction, and somatic disorders.

Dr. Ricci received her doctoral degree in psychology and graduated with honors. She is passionate about psychoanalytic ideas and techniques, as well as cultural sensitivity and awareness. Working in different countries and clinical settings has shaped her personal and professional identity and enhanced her clinical expertise. She is fluent in Italian, French, and English and enjoys working with patients from various ethnic, cultural, and clinical backgrounds.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Aggression
  2. Anger
  3. Anxiety
  4. Assist Healing
  5. Biofeedback
  6. Breathing
  7. Chronic Pain
  8. Death or Loss
  9. Helplessness
  10. Irritability
  11. Lack of Direction
  12. Pain Management
  13. Pessimism
  14. Relationship Enhancement
  15. Self Confidence
  16. Self Defeating Behaviors
  17. Sleep Disorders
  18. Stop Smoking
  19. Stress
  20. Trauma


Since 2023 Dr. Ricci works as a Psychological Associate in private practice located in San Diego, California, implementing multiple techniques including hypnotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Biofeedback, DBT, and Mindfulness-Based interventions.

Since 2018 Dr. Ricci works as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at MiraCosta College, California.

Prior to moving to the United States, Dr. Ricci has worked in Europe as a mental health provider, assisting a variety of clinical groups including those with severe mental disorders.

Prior her career as a mental health clinician, Dr. Ricci has worked as a nurse practitioner for numerous years, specializing in both cardiology and psychiatry.


  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2747
    Date Started: 11/30/2020 - Date Graduated: 02/17/2022
    Total Hours: 300 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1
  • Magistral Degree in Clinical and Community Health Psychology
    Sapienza University of Rome
    Date Started: 09/03/2012 - Date Graduated: 01/15/2014
    Total Years: 2
  • Doctor of Psychology
    California Southern University
    Date Started: 11/01/2020 - Date Graduated: 12/31/2023
    Total Years: 3

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Hypnosis in History - 10/2020


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 012193
    Certification Valid To: Jun 15, 2024

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Healing the Inner Child - 05/2021

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2023

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Contact Information

Janet Ricci
Dr. Janet Ricci
Escondido, California 92027, United States