Ken Steinmetz, CCHT
Hypnosis 4 Health® | San Francisco Hypnotherapy
Ken Steinmetz, CCHT, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with experience in self-healing modalities modalities since 1979, starting with his study and practice of G.I. Gurdjieff’s self-remembering techniques, a simple and elegant way to experience enlightenment in every day life. He graduated from San Francisco State University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Drama. The “Way of the Actor” served as basis for intense psychological character study, professional vocal training, and focused stage presence. Wishing his heart to remain within his body, he stayed in San Francisco and resisted the southward pull down to LA.
From 1991 to 1997, he worked as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Counselor for several psychiatric half-way houses in SF, often teaching guided imagery for relaxation to mentally disabled adults and recovering drug addicts. Curing himself from debilitating sciatic low back pain with self-hypnosis, he decided to pursue a full-time career in the holistic healing arts. He went on to study with Randall Churchill and Marleen Mulder at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, receiving his diploma in 1994. The scope of his practice includes Traditional and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, NLP, Psychosynthesis, Gestalt Therapy, Dream Work, Holotropic Breathwork, and occasionally, Past Life Regression. His Stop Smoking NOW! Programs meet the educational requirements for listing as a community resource by the SF Dept of Public Health’s Tobacco-Free Project and on the 1-800-NO-BUTTS California Smoker’s Helpline for the city of San Francisco.
He has been a featured speaker at the SF Whole Life Expo, The Jewish Community Center, and has led Self-Hypnosis for Mind/Body Healing workshops through The Learning Annex and The Mindful Body in SF. He and several of his clients were interviewed in 1998 for a science program about hypnosis for Japanese Television.
He is currently certified (#CHT 894-441) as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE). He is also an approved ACHE Hypnotherapy Instructor.
Meanwhile, he still finds time to practice Hatha Yoga and hike in the high Sierras with his family. Ken hiked the entire 225 miles of the John Muir Trail in 13 days, averaging 17 miles a day, which included climbing Mt. Whitney (14,496 ft.). On his third attempt he completed a climb to the summit of Mt. Shasta (14,182 ft.). And most recently in December 2007, he summited Mt Kilimanjaro (19,342 ft.).
Ken is also the proud father of two children, Zackary Dakota Steinmetz and Nika Sage Steinmetz. Both were completely natural, unmedicated births using hypnosis. Zack was born wide-eyed and rosy at 2:06 in the afternoon of Sunday, February 13, 2000. Minutes later he was breast feeding like a champ! Nika was born on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 9:19 in the morning. Nika was born in 5 1/2 hours start to finish…15 minutes after they got to the hospital. Ken had Nika’s head in his hands before the doctor had his gloves on! Ken has served three years on the Board of Directors for Noe Valley Co-op Nursery School where his children have attended and was elected President of the Board for 2004-2005.