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Biography for Michael A. Kamins, MA, LMFT, CCHt

Michael A. Kamins is a Certified Hypnotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist. He has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. Michael uses hypnosis to gently adjust subconscious behavior and utilize the holistic resources of the unconscious psyche.

Michael graduated with Honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) in 2007 where he worked as a hypnosis educator for HMI's Distance Learning department and taught promotional HMI classes on Guided Imagery and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), an advanced method of hypnotherapy. Certified at the Master level by the American Hypnosis Association and NLP TransWorld Michael was an assistant NLP Trainer for Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings. Michael is currently seeing private hypnotherapy clients at both the HMI Clinic in Tarzana and at offices in Hollywood, California.

Michael was educated at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California and awarded a Master of Arts Degree with Academic Honors in Counseling Psychology. Michael's graduate program emphasized theory and practice of Depth Psychology which examines the unconscious and expressions of the psyche in dreams and art therapy. With a background in literary arts and music, Michael has personal experience with these creative and imaginal approaches to therapy.

As a Depth Psychologist, Michael's practice of hypnotherapy is unique as he considers the unconscious to be what psychiatrist C.G. Jung called the "primary matrix" – the vital source of consciousness itself and a reservoir of personal and transpersonal resources. Hypnotherapy is a highly effective and reliable method to tap this matrix of potential.

Many of the subconscious behavioral issues for which we need hypnotherapy are often the result of losing this connection to the unconscious psyche. This connection may be blocked by an unhealthy habit, a negative emotion, or a limiting belief about the self or the world; conversely, such subconscious problems typically form where connection with the deeper psyche has been blocked. Hypnotherapy is a safe and powerful method for removing these subconscious blocks and activating the natural healing and transformative processes of the unconscious.

Michael's unique and innovative method of using hypnotherapy as an applied Depth Psychology is a potent synergistic tool for induced "mind change" and it is recommended for those seeking desired subconscious behavioral change or actualizing unconscious creativity. For more information and to schedule your own hypnotherapy session contact Michael today.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Biofeedback
  3. Creativity
  4. Dreams
  5. Fears
  6. General Practice
  7. Insomnia
  8. Lack of Direction
  9. Moodiness
  10. Motivation
  11. Pain Management
  12. Panic Attacks
  13. Phobias
  14. Reach Goals
  15. Relaxation
  16. Self Awareness
  17. Stress
  18. Substance Abuse
  19. Trauma
  20. Writers Block


Michael has been a practicing hypnotherapist since 2006. In addition, Michael's clinical experience includes practicing as a Marriage Family Therapist since 2012 in both private and community settings.

Michael's clinical MFT training included internships as a counselor at the Maple Counseling Center of Beverly Hills where he was supervised in Psychodynamic Therapy, and the Coldwater Counseling Center of Studio City with supervision in Jungian and Depth Psychotherapy. Michael has conducted both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy sessions with a diversity of individuals since 2006, remaining committed to helping each person utilize unconscious resources and achieving subconscious behavioral goals.


  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 01/20/2006 - Date Graduated: 03/20/2007
    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: 10/05/2022
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1
  • M.A. Degree in Counseling Psychology
    Pacifica Graduate Institute - 805-963-3626
    Date Started: 10/23/2010 - Date Graduated: 05/25/2013
    Total Years: 3
  • B.A. Degree in Psychology
    Argosy University - 800-377-0617
    Total Years: 3

Continuing Education

Michael is currently under the clinical supervision of a licensed MFT and certified Jungian Analyst, and he has completed the required 3,000 hours of supervised practice to be a state licensed therapist. Michael stays up to date in the latest developments of the fields of hypnotherapy and NLP, especially thru HMI and as a member in good standing of the American Hypnosis Association and the Hypnotherapists Union Local 472. Michael enjoys bringing to clients the latest ideas and technologies in the fields of hypnotherapy and biofeedback.

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. A Primer on Transpersonal Psychology - 06/2022
  2. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 07/2017
  3. Dr. Kappas Atlanta Series - 01/2022
  4. Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapeutic Metaphors - 04/2024
  5. Explode Your Practice with Phone and Skype Sessions - 05/2018
  6. Handwriting Analysis - 04/2018
  7. Holotropic Breathwork: A Teacher’s Perspective - 06/2022
  8. How to Give a Dynamic Hypnosis Speech - 03/2018
  9. Hypnotic Modalities - 04/2018
  10. Intimate Conversations with Dr. John Kappas - 06/2016
  11. Mindfulness: From the Perspective of Transpersonal Psychology - 06/2022
  12. Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 11/2017
  13. Psychedelics and Transpersonal Psychology: An Interview with Dr. Hartelius - 06/2022
  14. Research Articles Course - 10/2022
  15. Substance Abuse - 04/2018
  16. Synesthesia: The Neuroscience of Metaphor - 06/2022
  17. The First and Second Waves of Transpersonal Psychology - 06/2022


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010017
    Certification Valid To: Jan 01, 2100
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Board of Behavioral Sciences - 916-574-7830
    Certification Number: LMFT100384
  • Certified Master Therapeutic Imagery
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 03/2022
  2. Past-Life Regression Therapist - 01/2016
  3. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 03/2022


  • Honors Graduate - AOS Degree Program
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 10/05/2022
  • Honors Graduate - Clinical Hypnotherapy Program
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 05/30/2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2006
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 2006
    Member Since: 2012
  • Board of Behavioral Sciences
    Member Since: 2012

Instructor at HMI – Classes Taught

  • 2-4 - Ericksonian Hypnosis

Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Michael A. Kamins
Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Tarzana, California 91356, United States

Michael Aaron Kamins
Sherman Oaks, California 91403, United States