Kathy Gruver, PhD, Cht

Kathy Gruver, PhD, Cht

Coach and Hypnotherapist

I am a life coach specializing in communication, conflict and decision-making. I help w/relationships, stress, motivation & clarifying goals

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About Me

Hey all. I am a coach and hypnotherapist. I have been involved in national health and human behavior for over 30 years. I started out as a massage therapist and then expanded my knowledge into other modalities such as Reiki, hypnosis and coaching. I also have my PhD in natural health and studied mind/body medicine at Harvard.
I currently operate out of Santa Barbara, California where I live with my long-term boyfriend and my cat Aleister. I love to help people clarify goals, remove blocks and partner with people to make their dreams come true. I love working with couples and teams as well ...

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What inspired me to become a wellness professional?

Wow that's a tough one, as it was definitely not a straight path for me. My mother died when I was young with cancer and I'm sure that was part the motivation. Though I think it was more watching my father be such an incredible caregiver. I very accidentally apprenticed as a massage therapist in college when I was a theatre major so when I made the journey cross country to Hollywood I figured it would be a great sideline to all the award-winning film roles. The film roles never came but the massage and healing stayed with me. I have since added to that Reiki, herbs, mind body medicine, stre...

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How my clients describe their first visit?

My first hypnotherapy appointment is about 35 minutes of talking to get to the true root cause of the issue and the rest of the session is done in the hypnotic state. This follows a 15 minute get to know you phone call.
My first coaching session follows a 15 minute discovery called and the client filling out a rather extensive information form that we will cover. We will form our alliance of how we are going to work together, do a few get to know you exercises, put together a working plan to allow the client to get to where they want to go and take it from there.

What I say to someone who has never tried hypnosis?

As well as a coach, hypnosis is one of my other offerings. There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis. One of the big ones is that you can get trapped in hypnosis and be made to do things against your will. Hypnosis is actually a very alert state, you will hear everything that is said to you. There is no way for you to get trapped in the state or be completely at the will of someone else. We often reference the people dragged on stage at the state fair, made to do silly things during the stage hypnosis show. Rest assured that is not what we do in a clinical setting and those people ar...

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Location & Appointment Details


  • Initial Appointment: $140

  • Appointment: $140

  • By appointment only

  • Virtual visit available

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