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Biography for Melinda Wiman Gholson, CHt

I have been helping people for over 22 years previously as a Massage Therapist, and a Reiki 2 Practitioner. I believe and live an alternative medicine lifestyle also practicing Kundalini Meditation since 2004.

About 1 year ago in 2020, I wanted a change in my career; a friend suggested Hypnotherapy. A bit of a skeptic at first, I did some research which led me to HMI College of Hypnotherapy, and I was immediately intrigued by the free classes, especially self-hypnosis.

Still unconvinced, I decided to make an appointment to get hypnotized immediately, I was in awe about the experience and the results. I experienced an overwhelming sense of well-being, and a new indescribable freedom. The week following, I slept like a baby. Sleeping and reading retention are two of the issues I sought hypnotherapy for. I knew then that I wanted to learn and share this “gift” with others.

Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.
Oprah Winfrey

So here we are today… I look forward to helping you, your family, and friends get through to the “other side” of any obstacles that are preventing you from living the life to the fullest potential.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Addictions
  2. Anxiety
  3. Bed Wetting
  4. Change Habits
  5. Exercise
  6. Gambling
  7. Insomnia
  8. Motivation
  9. Overeating
  10. Public Speaking
  11. Relaxation
  12. Self Hypnosis
  13. Sleep Disorders
  14. Stop Smoking
  15. Stress


  1. Addiction – Gambling, substance abuse, overspending, eating and the list goes on. I can help you regain control of your life and help you manage the stress that triggers them.
  2. Change Habits – Through the power of hypnosis and the power of your own mind, I can help you get rid of the negative, unwanted habits and replace them with positive suggestion/reinforcement.
  3. Insomnia/Sleep Disorders – Sleep disturbances affect most areas of our life negatively. I can share my techniques and tools to help you start the pleasure of slumber again.
  4. Public Speaking – Did you know that Public Speaking is one of the top five fears known to humankind? I can help with self-confidence and to alleviate the fear of standing in front of a crowd.
  5. Anxiety/Stress – Are you anxious, overwhelmed or stressed out? With hypnosis I can help you learn to relax with specific tools so you can “de-stress” and regain control of your life again.
  6. Exercise – I can assist you with the motivation needed to get going and to stick to a routine.
  7. Motivation – I can assist with the challenge of procrastination to get you moving forward in your career, exercise a large, overwhelming project, etc....
  8. Stop Smoking – I can assist you with tools and anchors to help with the craving, replacement and stress coping methods so you can halt the destruction of nicotine for good.
  9. Bed Wetting – I can help your child change his bedtime routine along with other tools to alleviate the shame and embarrassment of this concern.
  10. Overeating/Emotional Eating – I can help with the triggers associated with this situation and tools to help sate false hunger.
  11. Self Hypnosis/Relaxation – I can share my tools to assist you into a relaxing state OR self-hypnosis, my most favorite tool that I’ve learned! I practice it often on MYSELF!


  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 10/08/2020 - Date Graduated: 07/05/2021
    Total Hours: 300 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique - 12/2023
  2. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 12/2023
  3. Build and Enhance your Hypnotherapy Practice with Group Hypnosis - 12/2021
  4. Hypnosis in History - 08/2020
  5. Intuitive Healing and Development - Level One - 07/2023
  6. Stage Hypnosis - 11/2023
  7. The 12 Steps of AA and Hypnotherapy - 02/2022
  8. The Gifts of Trauma - 02/2022
  9. Thirteen Breaths to Freedom - 01/2024


  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 011729
    Certification Valid To: May 25, 2026

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Healing the Inner Child - 05/2021
  2. Hypnosis and Childbirth - 06/2024
  3. Hypnosis and Pain Management - 01/2022
  4. Hypnosis and PTSD - 09/2021
  5. Hypnosis and Sports Performance - 02/2024
  6. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 08/2022
  7. Smoking Cessation - 07/2021
  8. Trauma Recovery Hypnosis - 10/2023

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2021
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 2021


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Melinda Wiman Gholson
Alpha Theta Hypnotherapy
Chula Vista, California 91911, United States

Imperial Beach, California 91932, United States