Beverly Hills Hypnotherapy

The name ‘Beverly Hills’ conjures up images of wealth, privilege, prestige, glamor, and luxury. Lured by its spectacular climate, gorgeous real estate, and proximity to the film and television studios, many of the planet’s richest and most successful screen moguls, sports celebrities, plastic surgeons, financiers, industrialists, and entrepreneurs live, travel, work or play in Beverly Hills. And, of course, shop here on Rodeo Drive.

Bravo’s T.V. reality show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, certainly gives the impression that these rich Beverly Hills women live in an intense social climate where gossiping, lying, and backstabbing are common practice. Acts of betrayal and hypocrisy also abound. Personal attacks, often couched in foul language, even become violent on occasion.

Yet, many are professionally accomplished and financially independent women who generously donate time to raise tons of money for charitable organizations.

How much of this is staged and how much is spontaneous doesn’t really matter. That these women are willing to demean and debase themselves in front of the world to be part of the glitz and glamour is really sad. Worse yet, their behavior provides the young female audience with a very ugly, mean-spirited, and destructive model of how women of privilege co-exist and “work through” their differences.

Despite popular opinion, Beverly Hills is also home to non-wealthy residents who own, lease, or rent modest dwellings. Some are young working class people struggling to pay back student loans while competing to advance their careers, be fit, and find love.

Young marrieds raising children in Beverly Hills have even greater financial pressures. And what about older parents and grandparents whose retirement funds are dwindling more rapidly since their empty nests are full again. Even worse off are those whose nest eggs were stolen by the likes of Bernie Madoff.

The Stresses and Strains of Beverly Hills Living

Living and working in such an upscale, high-pressure environment as Beverly Hills can be very stressful and anxiety provoking. Trying to juggle work with partners, family, friends, home, school, health, fitness, finances, hobbies, vacations, goals and dreams can be overwhelming. Strong negative feelings and painful emotions arise. In addition to physical illness, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and suicide attempts are not uncommon among both adults and children in Beverly Hills.


Diversity in the Beverly Hills Wellness Community

Treating Physical Ailments

Fortunately, many different types of wellness practitioners in or near Beverly Hills offer medical, emotional and psychological help to its residents, visitors, executives and worker bees.

You can find old-fashioned family doctors, some still making house calls, as well as countless medical specialists who require you a visit to their clinic or hospital. As to be expected, plastic surgeons are plentiful in this town. Some cater to victims of tragedy; others, to victims of vanity.

In addition to medical doctors, there are many licensed or certified wellness professionals in Beverly Hills who specialize in other forms of healing, such as therapeutic massage, Reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy. With help for virtually every form of malady, Beverly Hills is a therapy mecca.

Treating Psychological Problems

Beverly Hills has a large population of professional therapists (also referred to as ‘counselors’) who specialize in helping clients with learning problems as well as mental, emotional, family and spiritual issues.

For simplicity sake, I refer to the collective class of non-physical problems they handle as “psychological problems” and the therapists who deal with them, “psychological therapists/counselors”.

Beverly Hills Providers of Psychological Counseling

If you have a challenge involving a psychological issue you can’t seem to handle on your own, seek help. Finding professional(s) trained to deal with your issues is a wise, constructive action to take, not a sign of weakness or failure.

Figuring out what is the right form of therapy and which therapist would suit your particular emotional, geographical, and financial, needs may seem complicated and time-consuming. Seeking referrals from someone you trust, like family members, friends, clergy, or colleagues is a smart way to start. But if you are reluctant to discuss your problems with friends and family, fearing you will seem weak, dysfunctional, unbalanced, or worse, technology can help.

Living in the Google Age, from the privacy of your home or office, you can use the Internet to perform relatively quick, easy, on-line searches using appropriate key words to describe what you need in a therapist. For example, you can start by entering the keywords “Beverly Hills family therapist divorce counseling accepts insurance”. Then click on some of the results to learn more about the therapists who match the search criteria. You can always refine the search further with additional keywords.

My Experience with Psychological Therapy

My name is Ellen R. Coleman. I am not from Beverly Hills, but grew up on the East Coast and came to Southern California in 1991. I am the owner of Mindworks Hypnotherapy, located in West Los Angeles, a few miles from Beverly Hills, where I specialize in issues of low self-esteem and self-sabotage.

Before I became a hypnotherapist, I taught philosophy of mind at universities such as Cornell, Stanford, and San Francisco state, and then consulted in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles as a computer software documentation specialist. In both worlds-the academic and corporate– I experienced first-hand how stressful and anxiety producing it can be striving for career success while trying to balance work with health, fitness, finances, and personal relationships.

Trying to finish my Ph.D. while teaching full time at a university far from Cornell, where I did my graduate work, and my advisor, who was in England at the time, I felt overwhelmed and anxious. More and more, I tended to procrastinate when it came to working on my dissertation. I became fearful that I wouldn’t be retained in my teaching position without finishing the degree, and this only added to my procrastination. I needed help.

Not knowing what else to do for my writer’s block, I saw a clinical psychotherapist recommended by student healthcare. After four or five sessions of talking, I began writing again, which pleased me. But the therapist acted alarmed and said that my behavior indicated a “flight into health” which he interpreted as my dodge from continuing therapy with him. I was reluctant to continue especially when he started talking, out of the blue, about his unrelated problems with his mother.

During my undergraduate years, and after I left academia to work in the computer industry, I suffered bouts of low self-esteem and problems with intimate relationships. I went to clinical psychologists who mainly asked questions and listened. Sometimes I found insight from those willing to offering a point of view; and often I felt a bit better talking to them. But after I left their office, the negative feelings, emotions, and self-talk resumed. I really needed tools for positive change that I could use to redirect my focus and motivate constructive action.

At one point, over the course of about a year, I regularly saw an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) who adapted some creative play techniques to help me work through some of the childhood issues I had with my mother. She would have me sitting on the floor and “act out” some of the painful memories and then she would use some techniques that would release the negative emotions associated with those painful memories. Working with her, I felt I made a lot of progress getting past the anger I was holding onto.

Discovering Hypnotherapy Changed My Life

I discovered clinical hypnosis at a time when I was interested in making another transition in my work life. I attended a lecture on training for a career in hypnotherapy at the first nationally accredited college for clinical hypnosis, the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, CA. I was so inspired by the effective use of various hypnotherapeutic techniques to help heal a wide array of diseases and overcome psychological blocks, that I decided to study there and get my certification as a clinical hypnotherapist.

Having always enjoyed helping people with their problems, I was often told that I would make a great therapist. I was particularly pleased to learn that hypnotherapy is a very natural, safe, short-term, drug free approach to overcoming everyday problems.

Anxiety, fears and phobias, bad habits, limiting beliefs, procrastination, disorganization, cluttering, and lack of self-confidence are just a few of the many problems hypnosis tackles with tools that go far beyond asking clients questions and listening to their responses.

For the last fifteen years, I have been in private practice as a certified clinical hypnotherapist with an office very close to Beverly Hills. Using a variety of hypnotic techniques and teaching self-hypnosis, I help my clients gain direct access to their subconscious, where almost 90% of mind power resides and positive charge begins. With repeated listening during the week to the hypnosis audio recordings I make of each session, they reinforce constructive ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that gain dominance and motivate their success in achieving their goals.

I invite you to learn more about my practice and me on my website: (

If you or someone you know are Beverly Hills resident or worker who needs help with a psychological issue that does not require medication or treatment by a psychiatrist, call me, Ellen R. Coleman, for a complimentary phone consultation at (310) 454-3181 or email me at [email protected].

Helping clients achieve their goals makes my spirit soar and my heart sing.

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