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Biography for Melissa Gentry, PsyD, CCHt, MA

I enjoy working from a person-centered and customized mind-body wellness approach, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. My professional experience encompasses working with a wide range of concerns, including neuropsychological challenges such as Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, life stress, goal setting, marital/relationship issues, sex and intimacy challenges, panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, mood dysregulation, Trauma/PTSD, codependency, weight-loss, and addiction.

My therapeutic toolkit encompasses a diverse array of approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Imago, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Psychodynamic Therapy. I am enthusiastic about incorporating cutting-edge technologies into treatment, staying aligned with the latest neuroscientific research, with a particular focus on Neurofeedback and Biofeedback.

I hold a doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. I also earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Additionally, I specialize in sex and couples' therapy and hold certification as a Certified Advanced Tantra Educator. Furthermore, I am Certified in CBT-TF (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Trauma Focused).

Over the past decade, I have dedicated myself to the study of somatic healing and energy work. My journey has taken me to train with renowned experts, including Taoist Master Mantak Chia in Chiang Mai, Thailand (focused on Energy Mastery and Healing, emphasizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit through psychological and somatic healing). I have also studied under Lynda Caesara, delving into the Elements of Energy Mastery, with a specific emphasis on emotional and psychological regulation as well as healing and aiding others in their healing journey. My qualifications extend to being a certified Yoga Instructor (200-Hour Hatha and Tantra Yoga), a Certified International Practitioner of Holistic Medicine, and Hot Yoga Certified in Los Angeles, California. I also studied Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Dr. Dan Siegel.

Furthermore, my pursuit of knowledge has led me to study Buddhism for Psychotherapy at the Vajra Yogini Institute in the South of France. I have also explored Drama Therapy for Addiction, focusing on healing the effects of trauma, shame, and regret at DTI (Drama Therapy Institute). Additionally, I had the privilege of studying with Charu Morgan, a renowned expert in tantra, women’s pleasure, and mindfulness meditation.

My dedication to holistic well-being and my commitment to ongoing learning serve as the cornerstones of my therapeutic practice.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

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


Over the past seven years, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals and couples. In my approach as a therapist, I am firmly grounded in person-centered principles, placing a strong emphasis on recognizing and harnessing each individual’s unique strengths and distinctive gifts.

Moreover, my specialization extends to sex therapy and tantra, where I assist individuals and couples in enhancing their communication and deepening their connection.

My professional journey has also led me into the field of neuropsychology, where I have dedicated the past four years of my career. Currently, I am contributing my expertise to Mighty Village in Santa Monica, California, where I actively engage in neuropsychology related work. My previous experience includes a role at One Neuro in Los Angeles, where I had the privilege of working with both children and adults. Within this capacity, I specialized in neuropsychological testing, neurofeedback, and psychotherapy.

I further honed my skills at OPICA in West Los Angeles, where I worked compassionately with adults facing the challenges of memory loss associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

In addition to my extensive experience in hypnotherapy, I have cultivated proficiency in a range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic Therapies.

My dedication to providing comprehensive support and a diverse skill set reflects my commitment to helping individuals and couples navigate their unique journeys towards personal growth and improved mental well-being.


  • 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 Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 011181
    Certification Valid To: Sep 29, 2024

Other Certifications

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


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

Professional Memberships

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


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

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

Mighty Village
Santa Monica, California 90403, United States