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Biography for Niki Payne, MA, AMFT, CCHt

Niki Payne is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 132012) based in Torrance, California where she was born and raised. Niki works with individuals, couples, children, and adolescents to achieve desired behavioral changes.

Between her experience in journalism and marketing, her training in clinical hypnotherapy and psychoanalytical coaching, as well as her education in marriage and family therapy and mind-body psychology, Niki offers a concierge-style of treatment that centers around an individual’s cultural values and natural strengths. She marries her education, training, and experience with her commitment to personal growth and healthy relationships to provide creative hypnotherapy solutions with integrity, authenticity, and a sense of humor.

Niki started her therapist career as a resident intern for HMI College of Hypnotherapy before launching her own private practice. After two years in private practice as a clinical hypnotherapist, Niki decided to pursue advanced education to expand her scope of practice beyond the realm of self-improvement to include mental health. While continuing to work as a hypnotherapist, Niki gained much of her experience as a psychotherapist at Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. There she supported individuals experiencing challenges with addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. She also gained valuable experience as a volunteer Counselor Advocate for Peace Over Violence from 2020 to 2022 where she worked with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault through a local crisis hotline.

In her private practice, Niki helps her clients overcome fear, self-doubt and limiting beliefs so they can achieve their health, career or relationship goals and live a life by their own design. She is committed to helping her clients discover their deepest truths, indulge in their greatness passions, and develop lifelong strategies feeling healthy, wealthy and loved. Niki aims to help individuals bridge the gap between the heart and mind with a practical, results-oriented approach to love, success, and happiness. She believes the quality of our lives are dictated by the quality of our relationships, especially the relationship we have with ourselves. Enhance how you relate to yourself and others, and the world will relate to you in a whole new way. She has a particular interest in how couples navigate and negotiate consensual nonmonogamy.

Together, you and Niki can explore the terrains of your innermost thoughts to better understand yourself in the context of your most intimate relationships. By doing so, Niki can help you develop the skills you need to lay personal insecurities to rest while handling everyday challenges with confidence and self-compassion. Niki’s approach brings together the best of coaching, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help individuals create their very own blueprint for personal success so they can create meaningful changes in their lives.

During her free time, Niki enjoys writing, singing, practicing yoga, playing outdoor sports, geeking about business development, and learning about the world through music, film, art, and travel. She also volunteers as a collegiate chapter director for a local sorority chapter at her alma mater of California State, University, Long Beach.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Career Success
  3. Change Habits
  4. Communication
  5. Death or Loss
  6. Fears
  7. Fertility
  8. Improve Health
  9. Insecurity
  10. Motivation
  11. Perfectionism
  12. Phobias
  13. Relationship Enhancement
  14. Self Confidence
  15. Self Criticism
  16. Self Defeating Behaviors
  17. Stress
  18. Substance Abuse
  19. Trauma
  20. Weight Loss


Niki Payne has over a decade of experiencing working with entrepreneurs and business owners in various capacities – as a freelance writer, social media manager, marketing consultant, and even as a copy editor.

Niki also works extensively with college women as a sorority advisor to enhance their self-confidence and grow their leadership and communication skills so they can excel academically and professionally.

She has over six years of experience as a hypnotherapist and almost three years of experience as a psychotherapist.


  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - 213-615-7200
    Date Started: 01/07/2019 - Date Graduated: 12/18/2021
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 05/25/2016 - Date Graduated: 06/21/2017
    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: 10/04/2022
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education

With a hunger for knowledge and commitment to personal growth, Niki is constantly exposing herself to new ideas and concepts through the books she reads, the podcasts she listens to and the video training programs she watches.

She also advances her knowledge and skills by regularly attending in-person classes, workshops, seminars and conferences related to self-improvement and mental health. She continues to integrate everything she learns and understands into creating positive changes in her life as well as the lives of others.

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 03/2017
  2. Body Syndromes - 01/2019
  3. Body/Mind Imaging - Creating Powerful, Personal Presence - 04/2018
  4. Build and Enhance your Hypnotherapy Practice with Group Hypnosis - 11/2018
  5. Clearing up Traumas at the Energy Level - 06/2018
  6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis - 11/2016
  7. Embracing Your Shadow Self - 06/2018
  8. Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapeutic Metaphors - 09/2022
  9. Ericksonian Hypnosis and Trance Phenomena - 01/2020
  10. Family Systems - 08/2018
  11. Handwriting Analysis - 12/2018
  12. Healing Developmental Trauma and Adaptation with Hypnosis - 12/2016
  13. Healing the Child Within - 06/2020
  14. Healthy Boundaries - 11/2016
  15. Helping Hypnotherapy Clients with Driving Anxiety - 11/2018
  16. Hoarding: How It Can Harm, How You Can Help - 06/2016
  17. How to Release Self-Limiting Beliefs - 11/2016
  18. Hypnosis and Anxiety - 02/2018
  19. Imagery for Life Passages - 05/2021
  20. Important Dynamics in Creating Successful Relationships - 01/2020
  21. Increase Your Profitability: Create Session Packages That Sell! - 10/2018
  22. Intuitive and Energy Healing - 04/2022
  23. Is it Intuition, or is it NLP? - 02/2018
  24. Make Anxiety Your Best Friend - 10/2016
  25. Making Fast and Permanent Change - 04/2022
  26. Making the Unconscious Conscious - 01/2020
  27. Metaphysical Imagery - 07/2021
  28. Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 04/2021
  29. NLP: Principles and Strategies of Success - 04/2019
  30. Rapid and Instant Inductions - 10/2018
  31. Release Baggage with Mental and Emotional Release (MER) - 10/2018
  32. Release Technique - 11/2016
  33. Shadows, Sabotage and Subconscious Success - 11/2016
  34. Spiritual Tarot: Hypnotic Applications for the Archetypes of Tarot - 07/2016
  35. Teens - Managing Stress in this Fast-Paced Competitive World - 01/2020
  36. The Art of Positive Thinking - 11/2016
  37. The Basic Understanding and Principles of NLP - 03/2017
  38. The Gifts of Trauma - 04/2019
  39. The Incredible Power of the Mind/Body Connection - 02/2017
  40. The Power of Releasing Guilt and Shame - 12/2019
  41. Therapeutic Creative Journaling - 10/2016
  42. Transformation: Tools for Changing Behavior - 12/2016
  43. Uplifting Depression - How Hypnotherapy Can Help - 01/2020
  44. Using Hypnosis in Dealing with Change - 06/2016
  45. Working with Children and Children on the Autism Spectrum - 02/2017


  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010191
    Certification Valid To: Jan 01, 2100
  • Certified Life Coach
    American Union of NLP - 702-430-1196
    Certification Number: 5907
  • Certified Dream Coach
    Dream University - 415-381-5564
    Certification Number: 5907

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Imagery - 04/2021
  2. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 10/2017
  3. Hypnosis and Pain Management - 01/2019
  4. Hypnosis and Transgender Clients - 07/2022
  5. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 03/2019
  6. Hypnosis for Anxieties and Fears - 03/2020
  7. Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy - 10/2017
  8. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 04/2021
  9. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 07/2020


  • Honors Graduate
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 06/21/2017
  • Clinical Achievement Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 06/21/2017
  • The Best Hypnotherapy in Torrance
    Quality Business Awards - 05/04/2022

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2016
  • American Counseling Association
    Member Since: 2020
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
    Member Since: 2019


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Niki Payne
Torrance, California 90505, United States

Soul 2 Soul Healing
El Segundo, California 90248, United States