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Biography for Melissa Echelberger, CCHt

As a Certified Master Hypnotist, Melissa Echelberger invites you to join her on a journey of exploration into the natural healing properties of your mind, body and spirit. Whether it is the achievement of a personal improvement goal or the urgent need to find a healthy more fulfilling life path, the therapeutic use of hypnosis, imagery and mindfulness is a powerful tool to comfortably and efficiently assist you to achieve your goals.

Melissa’s journey of understanding the healing powers of the mind began when a friend encouraged her to try hypnotherapy. In those private sessions, she experienced spiritual and personal breakthroughs unlike anything else she had tried previously. It was hypnotherapy that helped her discover – and more importantly access – the powers within her own mind that offered her the ability and path to transform her life. One by one, from personal goals and habits to deeper issues of self-esteem, self-love and fear of success, hypnotherapy delivered an organic, rapid, yet comfortable, path to the life goals and purpose she was seeking.

Melissa was guided to study at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute’s Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy. She enrolled in and completed the self-paced 300-hour program as a distance student from her home in South Orange County. When COVID-19 forced HMI to retool their 720-hour program, Melissa seized the opportunity to continue her hypnotherapy education and enrolled in HMI’s 720-hour interactive distance education program. The additional year of interactive classes and supervised clinical practice provided her with many wonderful and fascinating tools to assist people with empowerment and personal transformation.

During her clinical hypnotherapy internship, she had the good fortune to work directly with the Director of the Institute and key Senior Staff Instructors to learn to integrate her prior learning experiences into her hypnotherapy practice, combining everything she had learned on her own path with the clinical hypnotherapy skills she had acquired at the College.

Today, Melissa has found her life’s passion, reaching out her hand to others who are on or looking for the path of personal transformation. Nothing fills her heart more than to witness a soul releasing its pain, discovering its power, and finding its purpose. That’s what happened to her and she welcomes the opportunity to witness it happening to you.

Call or message her if you would like a free phone consultation to ask questions and explore further the potential of hypnotherapy for you.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Body Image
  3. Career Success
  4. Change Habits
  5. Fears
  6. Improve Health
  7. Insomnia
  8. Motivation
  9. Past Life Regression
  10. Perfectionism
  11. Performance Anxiety
  12. Phobias
  13. Public Speaking
  14. Relaxation
  15. Self Confidence
  16. Sleep Disorders
  17. Sports
  18. Stress
  19. Weight Loss


Amongst her other expertise, Melissa is Certified in Therapeutic Imagery, Past Life Regression Therapy, Grief and Loss, and Weight Loss. She also offers effective solutions for habit control, smoking cessation, stress management, career enhancement, sleep disorders, and more.


  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles - 213-740-1111
    Date Started: 01/01/1986 - Date Graduated: 12/01/1989
    Total Years: 3
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 07/21/2020 - Date Graduated: 08/30/2021
    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: 10/11/2022
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Body Syndromes - 09/2020
  2. Clinical Case History Package 1 - 11/2020
  3. Create a Professional Zoom Group Experience - 08/2022
  4. Explode Your Practice with Phone and Skype Sessions - 02/2019
  5. Extreme Self Care: Feed Your True Needs, Say Goodbye to Cravings - 02/2023
  6. Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction - 08/2021
  7. Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction - 08/2017
  8. Imagery for Life Passages - 03/2021
  9. Intimate Conversations with Dr. John Kappas - 10/2020
  10. Introduction to Positive Psychology - 08/2021
  11. Introduction to Somatic and Parts Work for Healing Trauma - 08/2021
  12. Intuitive and Energy Healing - 09/2020
  13. Intuitive Healing and Development - Level One - 03/2021
  14. Intuitive Healing and Development - Level Two - 06/2021
  15. Kappasinian Hypnosis - 07/2021
  16. Mental Bank Magic - 08/2022
  17. Metaphysical Imagery - 03/2021
  18. Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 02/2021
  19. Psychosynthesis: Creative Imagination and the Expansion of Consciousness - 02/2023
  20. Rapid and Instant Inductions - 01/2018
  21. Research Articles Course - 05/2022
  22. Subtleties of Hypnotherapy - 01/2021
  23. The Eel and the Blowfish: A Graphic Novel of Dreams, Trauma, and Healing - 08/2022
  24. Why Your Hypnotherapy Website is so Important! - 02/2023


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010475
    Certification Valid To: Jan 28, 2024

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Imagery - 02/2021
  2. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 08/2021
  3. Certified Practitioner Reiki Level One - 02/2023
  4. Handwriting Analysis - 09/2019
  5. Healing the Inner Child - 01/2018
  6. Hypnosis and ADHD - 05/2017
  7. Hypnosis and Grief Recovery - 06/2021
  8. Hypnosis and Sports Performance - 07/2018
  9. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 01/2021
  10. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 08/2018
  11. Hypnosis for Anxieties and Fears - 06/2019
  12. Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy - 08/2021
  13. Past-Life Regression Therapist - 04/2020
  14. Past-Life Regression Therapy - 04/2021
  15. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 01/2021
  16. Therapeutic Imagery Master - 04/2021


  • Honors Graduate
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 08/30/2021
  • Director's Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 08/30/2021
  • Academic Achievement Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 08/30/2021
  • Clinical Achievement Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 08/30/2021

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2019
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 2021


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Melissa Echelberger
Sea Breeze Hypnotherapy
San Clemente, California 92673, United States