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Biography for John McGrail, CHt

John McGrail, Certified Hypnotherapist

John McGrail provides compassionate and professional care to a clientele comprising virtually all social and professional backgrounds from ages 7 and up. He focuses on personal growth, physical and spiritual healing, behavioral modification e.g. eliminating unwanted habits, emotional issues, fears, and phobias, and performance improvement in the workplace, sports, and academics.

John earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, with a major in anatomy and physiology and a minor in psychology and communication arts. He did graduate work in communication arts while serving as a commissioned officer and aviator in the United States Coast Guard.

In addition to his initial Certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy, John earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnosis from Breyer State University, and was subsequently invited to join the faculty. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level classes. He is also a Certified Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, Therapeutic Imagery, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and developed his own exclusive method of accelerated healing that he calls Synthesis. He uses all of these tools in concert to design a highly personalized program for each of his clients.

John's passion is helping people grow and enjoy a better life. "Whatever the issue, whether it's giving up a bad habit like cigarettes, winning on the PGA Tour, eliminating a fear or phobia, doing better in relationships, building confidence and self esteem, or finding one's spirituality, it's all the same process, overcoming limiting beliefs, decisions, and behavioral patterns that keep you from reaching your goals and obtaining the abundance in life that we all want and deserve."

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Career Success
  3. Change Habits
  4. Chronic Pain
  5. Communication
  6. Exam Anxiety
  7. Improve Sales
  8. Panic Attacks
  9. Past Life Regression
  10. Performance Anxiety
  11. Phobias
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Self Confidence
  14. Self Esteem
  15. Sexual Problems
  16. Social Phobia
  17. Sports
  18. Stage Fright
  19. Stress
  20. Weight Loss


In addition to his full time clinical practice, John is a frequent keynote speaker, lecturer, and facilitates seminars and workshops on personal change, growth, and performance enhancement for a wide variety of civic and social groups, professional organizations, and corporations.

John's writing and expertise have been featured in many major print and online publications and periodicals including Time, Readers Digest, U.S. News and World Report, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Self, Brainworld, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, WebMD, LIVESTRONG, Huffington Post, Spry Living, and many more. His heralded book, "The Synthesis Effect, Your Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation" is receiving rave reviews and has introduced his Synthesis process to thousands of people around the world. He is also a frequent guest expert on radio and TV programs across the nation and abroad.


  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 04/15/2002 - Date Graduated: 04/15/2003
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1
  • Bachelor of Science
    Cornell University
    Date Started: 09/01/1970 - Date Graduated: 06/07/1974

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Stage Hypnosis Demonstrational Techniques - 05/2017


  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    National Guild of Hypnotists - 603-429-9438
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association - 800-553-6886


  • Director's Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 04/15/2003
  • Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Residency
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 04/15/2003

Professional Memberships

  • Time Line Therapy Association
    Member Since: 2002
  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2002
  • American Counseling Association
    Member Since: 2002
  • National Guild of Hypnotists
    Member Since: 2006
  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
    Member Since: 2006


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

John McGrail
A Better You, Inc.
Los Angeles, California 90025, United States