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Biography for Kathy L. Gruver, PhD, CMH

Kathy Gruver, PhD has graced stages on four continents (including 2 TEDx), three cruise ships and a handful of islands. Her combination of humor, performance background, real life experience and formal education makes her a well-rounded, in-demand speaker. She hosted the TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and has earned her PhD in Natural Health.

Dr. Gruver is the twelve-time award-winning author of seven books including, Conquer Your Stress, Workplace Wellness, Conquer your Stress at Work, and Journey of Healing.

She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard, and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Forbes, Glamour, Fitness, Time, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post and Dr. Oz’s The Good Life. She has appeared on over 250 radio and TV shows including Lifetime, NPR, CBS Radio and SkyNews London.

In 2015 she had the privilege of creating a stress reduction program for the US Military and has been studying psychology and human behavior her entire life.

Dr. Gruver is a coach and hypnotherapist and is also the co-host of the new Fire and Earth Podcast. For fun and stress relief she does flying trapeze and plays Dungeons and Dragons.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Assist Healing
  3. Career Success
  4. Chronic Pain
  5. Communication
  6. Frustration
  7. General Practice
  8. Improve Health
  9. Motivation
  10. Pain Management
  11. Past Life Regression
  12. Presurgical
  13. Public Speaking
  14. Reach Goals
  15. Relaxation
  16. Self Criticism
  17. Self Esteem
  18. Self Image
  19. Stage Fright
  20. Stress


Kathy Gruver, PhD has been involved in health and wellness for over 30 years. Her long career started as a massage therapist and she has since added multiple modalities to help her clients heal. Always attracted to hypnotherapy for health Dr. Gruver has recently added that to her practice in Santa Barbara, California.

Already working with clients in pain and dealing with stress issues hypnotherapy was the next logical step to add tools to her vast box to help clients. Specializing in pain management, pre- and post-op, creative visualization and past life regression, she helps clients tap into their subconscious for healing.

Kathy has helped thousands of clients through her stress management programs, massage and hypnotherapy. She has also lectured around the world and has written seven books on health.


  • PhD
    Clayton College of Natural Health
    Date Started: 10/01/2008 - Date Graduated: 07/01/2011
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 06/10/2014 - Date Graduated: 09/23/2014
    Total Hours: 300 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education

Dr. Gruver has studied extensively at Harvard Medical School participating in dozens of hours of continuing education. She participated in multiple classes through the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind/Body Medicine and other institutions nationwide.

Kathy also recently finished her coaching training through CTI and will be certified with International Coaching Federation later in 2020.

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 04/2014
  2. Chakra Balancing Level One - 11/2014
  3. Clinical Case History Series 1 - 06/2014
  4. Counseling and Interviewing - 07/2018
  5. First Three Hypnosis Sessions - 09/2014
  6. Healthy Boundaries - 09/2021
  7. Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction - 07/2016
  8. Hypnosis in History - 04/2014
  9. Neuro Linguistic Programming 1 - 09/2018
  10. Neuro Linguistic Programming 2 - 09/2018
  11. Rapid Inductions - 02/2015
  12. Stage Hypnosis Demonstrational Techniques - 11/2014
  13. The Power of Releasing Guilt and Shame - 05/2021
  14. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Imagery for Life Passages - 11/2015
  15. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Metaphysical Imagery - 11/2015
  16. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 11/2015
  17. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 11/2014
  18. Thirteen Breaths to Freedom - 09/2016


  • Certified Master Hypnotist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 011327
    Certification Valid To: Aug 25, 2024

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Healing the Inner Child - 08/2015
  2. Hypnosis and Pain Management - 03/2014
  3. Hypnosis and PTSD - 02/2015
  4. Hypnosis for Immune Disorders - 06/2015
  5. Past Life Regression - 09/2014
  6. Past-Life Regression Therapist - 04/2014
  7. Pre and Post Surgery Hypnosis - 06/2014
  8. Smoking Cessation - 06/2017
  9. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 09/2015
  10. Therapeutic Imagery Master - 12/2015
  11. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Advanced Imagery - 11/2015
  12. Trauma Recovery Hypnosis - 12/2017


  • Spirit of Entrepreneurship award
    National Assoc of Women Business Owners - 07/01/2016

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2014
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 2014
  • Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
    Member Since: 2000


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Kathy L. Gruver
Healing Circle Hypnotherapy
Santa Barbara, California 93130, United States