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Biography for Melissa Gentry, MA, CCHt

I enjoy working from a mind-body wellness approach that is person-centered and unique to each individual. I have experience working with neurological disorders and neuropsychological challenges and concerns: Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, life stress, goal setting, marital/relationship challenges, sex and intimacy challenges, Bipolar, Trauma/PTSD, codependency, and addiction.

I like to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Imago Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Psychodynamic Therapy. I am also interested in integrating the latest technologies into treatment (Neurofeedback and Biofeedback), in line with the latest neuroscientific research.

I am a doctoral candidate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles in the Applied Clinical Psychology program. I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. I also specialize in sex and couples’ therapy and am a Certified Advanced Tantra Educator. I am also Certified in CBT-TF (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Trauma Focused).

I have studied somatic healing and energy work over the last ten years. I studied with Taoist Master, Mantak Chia in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Energy Mastery and Healing. Connection of mind, body and spirit through psychological and somatic healing), and with Lynda Caesara and TJ Bartel (Elements of Energy Mastery, focused on emotional and psychological regulation as well as healing and helping others heal). I am also a Yoga Instructor (200-Hour Hatha and Tantra Yoga), Certified International Practitioner of Holistic Medicine in Bali, and Hot Yoga Certified in Los Angeles, California.

In addition, I studied Buddhism for Psychotherapy at the Vajra Yogini Institute in the South of France, and Drama Therapy for Addiction: Healing the Effects of Trauma, Shame and Regret at DTI (Drama Therapy Institute). I also studied with Charu Morgan (tantra, women’s pleasure, and mindfulness meditation).

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Addictions
  2. Anxiety
  3. Assertiveness
  4. Biofeedback
  5. Breathing
  6. Career Success
  7. Communication
  8. Exercise
  9. Lack of Ambition
  10. Motivation
  11. Panic Attacks
  12. Procrastination
  13. Reach Goals
  14. Relationship Enhancement
  15. Relaxation
  16. Self Confidence
  17. Self Image
  18. Sexual Problems
  19. Stop Smoking
  20. Weight Loss


I have worked with both individuals and couples as a life/relationship coach and tantra educator for the last five years with my company Healing the Love. I am a person centered therapist that likes to focus on a person’s individual strengths and unique gifts. I also specialize in sex therapy and enhancing couples communication and connection.

I have been working in the field of neuropsychology for the last three years and am currently working with Mighty Village in Santa Monica, California. I have also worked with One Neuro in Los Angeles, working with both children and adults specializing in neuropsychology testing, neurofeedback, and psychotherapy. I also trained at OPICA in West Los Angeles working with adults challenged by memory loss associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Traumatic Brain Injuries. In addition to hypnosis, I have experience working with CBT, DBT, SFT, EMDR, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic Therapies.


  • Masters of Clinical Psychology
    Antioch University
    Date Started: 08/21/2017 - Date Graduated: 03/28/2020
    Total Years: 2
  • Doctorate of Applied Clinical Psychology
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    Date Started: 08/28/2020 - Date Graduated: 08/30/2023
    Total Years: 3
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2747
    Date Started: 05/10/2021 - Date Graduated: 09/27/2022
    Total Hours: 300 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1


  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 011181
    Certification Valid To: Sep 29, 2023

Other Certifications

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Institute for Creative Mindfulness
  • Sex Therapy Certification - Center for Healthy Sex


  • Honors Society for Leadership and Achievement
    National Society of Collegiate Scholars - 12/01/2020
  • Honor Society & Scholarship
    Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement (SCLA) - 04/01/2021

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2022
  • APA (American Psychological Association)
    Member Since: 2018
  • AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists)
    Member Since: 2018
  • ISNR (International Society for Neuroregulation & Research)
    Member Since: 2022
  • INS (International Neuropsychological Society)
    Member Since: 2021
  • ISSWSH (International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health)
    Member Since: 2019
  • NAN (National Academy of Neuropsychology)
    Member Since: 2020
  • SSSS (Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality)
    Member Since: 2019
  • LACPA (Los Angeles County Psychologists Association)
    Member Since: 2019


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Melissa Gentry
Healing the Love
Los Angeles, California 90035, United States