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Biography for Steven Lee Stinnett, CHt

I’ve always been a quiet, peaceful guy. As a kid I read a lot. I also obsessively built and painted model airplanes. I think I had the largest private air force in the world.

In painting all those models, I discovered that I really liked painting. So I become a fine artist and illustrator. I made a living with graphic art and illustration for 25 years.

 And I read a lot. To draw something well you learn about its structure, its history, or purpose. For instance, if you understand how a skeleton fits together you can draw a believable body.

Some of the books I read were about hypnosis and the subconscious mind. They said essentially the same thing, that if you understand how the brain processes the information it perceives you can better understand how it builds a pattern and that all behaviors are driven by patterns of subconscious thought! They also claimed that you can change those patterns.

Eventually reading and illustration bought me a condo in Tarzana, California which happened to be right around the corner from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. I wandered in one day just to check it out and instantly connected to the ideas they presented. I signed up for their training. About two months into the year-long course I felt as though I’d been handed the secret instruction manual for life. It was that profound. It was the manual they should have given me in art school, if not in the third or fourth grade.

Now I do Hypnotherapy professionally as well as illustrate. I’ll always love art, but the cool thing about Hypnotherapy, aside from its almost magical power to transform, is that, like art, it’s very quiet and peaceful. Which is why it suits me right down to the bone. As I mentioned, I like quiet and peaceful.

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Addictions
  2. Anxiety
  3. Breathing
  4. Career Success
  5. Chronic Pain
  6. Creativity
  7. Headaches
  8. Immune System
  9. Lack of Initiative
  10. Motivation
  11. Pain Management
  12. Panic Attacks
  13. Phobias
  14. Procrastination
  15. Self Confidence
  16. Self Hypnosis
  17. Stop Smoking
  18. Study Habits
  19. Weight Loss
  20. Writers Block


Much of the experience behind my training comes from dealing with, and helping others deal with, addiction. Which is to say, dealing with fear, and all of it's debilitating and corrosive effects. Even the quickest glance of the country confirms that it's not an isolated problem. Even in it's lighter shades – procrastination, mild anxiety, avoidance – fear is still the name of the beast.

My training, in and outside of HMI, my experience within myself and in working with others, feels like ongoing match of wits between our higher selves and that street-fighting primitive emotion – fear. Luckily, there is a solution.


  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with Honors
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 09/19/2017 - Date Graduated: 09/26/2018
    Total Hours: 720 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Anxieties and Fears - 02/2018
  2. Basic Emotional Freedom Technique - 07/2018
  3. Body Syndromes - 09/2020
  4. Build and Enhance your Hypnotherapy Practice with Group Hypnosis - 11/2018
  5. Explode Your Practice with Phone and Skype Sessions - 07/2018
  6. Healthy Boundaries - 08/2019
  7. Helping Hypnotherapy Clients with Driving Anxiety - 11/2018
  8. How Forgiveness Impacts Brain Functioning - 03/2018
  9. Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction - 01/2018
  10. Hypnosis for Clients with Cancer - 06/2020
  11. Hypnosis in History - 09/2017
  12. Hypnotic Scripts - 01/2018
  13. Introduction to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) - 08/2019
  14. Marketing Mastery - The Basics of Building your Practice - 03/2018
  15. Master the Arm Raising - 02/2018
  16. Rapid Inductions - 02/2018
  17. Release Technique - 11/2018
  18. Research Articles Course - 09/2018
  19. Spoon Bending - Come to the PK Party! - 11/2018
  20. Taking Positive Psychology to Corporations - 03/2018
  21. Teens - Managing Stress in this Fast-Paced Competitive World - 08/2019
  22. The Power of Releasing Guilt and Shame - 05/2018
  23. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Imagery for Life Passages - 03/2019
  24. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Metaphysical Imagery - 03/2019
  25. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Mythic and Archetypal Imagery - 02/2019
  26. Uplifting Depression - How Hypnotherapy Can Help - 08/2019


  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 010233
    Certification Valid To: Nov 29, 2023

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Handwriting Analysis - 12/2018
  2. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 06/2018
  3. Hypnosis and Pain Management - 02/2019
  4. Hypnosis and PTSD - 11/2021
  5. Hypnosis and Seniors - 10/2020
  6. Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation - 03/2018
  7. Hypnosis and Weight Loss - 06/2018
  8. Hypnosis for Immune Disorders - 12/2018
  9. Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy - 06/2018
  10. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 02/2019
  11. Therapeutic Imagery Master - 05/2019
  12. Therapeutic Imagery Training - Advanced Imagery - 02/2019


  • Honors Graduate
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 09/26/2018
  • Director's Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 09/26/2018
  • Academic Achievement Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 09/26/2018
  • Clinical Achievement Award
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - 09/26/2018

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2017


Languages Spoken

  • English

Contact Information

Steven Lee Stinnett
Tarzana, California 91356, United States