Dr. Lee Overholser, Ph.D.

Dr Lee Overholser, Ph.D.


Dr. Lee Overholser has worked as a hypnotherapist and teacher of hypnosis for over 25 years. Currently he is in private practice in the San Diego area and teaches at the International School of Professional Bodywork in San Diego.

Lee has been a massage therapist for 30 years and has taught massage therapy at Mueller College. He has combined his expertise in hypnosis and massage to create HypnoMassage and has produced three courses that meet the requirements of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

He has written many books on the subjects of health and hypnosis, including:

HypnoMassage: Guide Your Clients to Lasting Physical, Mental and Emotional Change. Hypno-Tapes Publishing. (2000)

Alternatives in Cancer Therapy. Ross Pelton and Lee Overholser, Simon and Schuster. (1994)

Signs of Health. Lee Overholser and Ramona Moody-French. Empire Press. (1990)

Ericksonian Hypnosis: A Handbook of Clinical Practice. Lee Overholser, Irvington. (1985)

Dr. Overholser earned his Doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1971 in linguistics and literature. He went on to complete a masters in counseling psychology at International College in San Diego in 1981. He specialized in hypnosis and studied with Milton Erickson, MD, the famous psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, later writing a book on Dr. Erickson’s hypnotic techniques. He has twice been a presenter at the San Diego Conference on Hypnotic and Strategic Interventions sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Institute of San Diego.

Lee is a Certified Hypnotherapist with the International Hypnosis Association (IHA). He has given presentations at the annual national convention of ACHE on Hypnosis for Cancer Patients and Sports Hypnosis. At this year’s convention he will speak about Scientific Breakthroughs in Hypnosis.

For five years Dr. Overholser taught a popular self-hypnosis class to cancer patients at the Wellness Community. For this work he received the Health Hero award from the Combined Health Agencies of San Diego County.

If you have any questions that you would like me to answer, please feel free to e-mail me.

Lee Overholser, PhD, is not a California licensed health care provider. Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated profession and does not qualify for State licensing. Hypnosis services are non-diagnostic and are complementary to the healing arts services that are licensed by the state. The primary purpose of licensing laws for legally defined Healing Arts and Mental Health professionals is to protect public health and safety. The California State Legislature has determined that state licensing may not be conferred upon an occupational group for purposes of status or prestige. Accordingly, hypnotherapists are not issued licenses by any State Governmental Agency to engage in their professional services.

Thank you and I look forward to helping you,

Dr. Lee Overholser, PhD


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