HCH Staff

Holly Holmes-Meredith:
Doctor of Ministry, MA, Clinical Director,
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist,
Board Certified Regression Therapist

Holly Holmes-Meredith, HCH Institute Director

Holly's teaching and therapy is grounded in a four decades in education, psychology, hypnotherapy and metaphysics. She teaches with an engaging expertise, ease and competence that builds professional skill and confidence in her students. Holly integrates a psychospiritual perspective in her teaching, models client empowerment and practices hypnotherapy as an art. In the last fifteen years she began studying and adding hands on healing and energy therapies to her work including Reiki and EFT. Holly is an examiner and a founding member on the Board of Directors for the International Board of Regression Therapy.

She was awarded her Doctorate in Ministry degree in 2007. Holly's dissertation on Hypnotherapy as a Spiritual Practice evolved into her hypnotherapy textbookSpiritual Hypnotherapy Scripts for Body, Mind and Spirit. It is available at HCH or through Amazon books.

Paul Michael Meredith:
HCH Administrator, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Paul Michael Meredith, HCH Institute Administrator

As husband and partner to Holly, Paul brings thirty years experience as a business owner into the job of running the HCH office and attending to all of the creative work at HCH: managing the web site, producing and recording hypnotherapy CDs and teaching recording and website building workshops to hypnotherapists. Paul also owns his own music company, Peaceful Music, through which he composes and records original keyboard, harp and Native American flute music. As a metaphysician and hypnotherapist Paul adds a special dimension to connecting with students and clients who come to the Institute. Paul will most likely be your first contact either by phone, email or in person. He looks forward to introducing you to HCH.

Greg Harper:
PhD, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, EFT-ADV

Greg "Wilder" Harper, HCH Institute Instructor

After receiving his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Greg was a geology professor for many years, with more than 60 scientific research publications. He has long had interests in human behavior, how reality is affected by beliefs, the true nature of reality as revealed by quantum physics, and enlightenment. Workshops in shamanism, including advanced training with Michael Harner and Alberto Villoldo, revealed the nature of non-ordinary reality experienced during the shamanic state of consciousness.

Recognizing a link between shamanic journeys and hypnosis, Greg decided to attend HCH, which has a tradition of incorporating aspects of shamanism into hypnotherapy training. Now he is continuing that tradition by teaching at HCH.

susan lyons, CCHT, reiki master

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Susan Lyons is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Practitioner. Throughout her life she has always been in some kind of a “helping profession”. Several years ago Susan found herself at an impasse. She felt she had so much more to offer the world and on a much deeper level. For Susan, Hypnotherapy and the HCH Institute has been a blessing both personally and professionally. Hypnotherapy has opened up a whole new beautiful world to her and dramatically changed her perception on life. 

Susan graduated from the HCH Institute in Lafayette, Ca. She also completed a 6 month long internship and advanced training in Past Life Regression. In addition to Hypnotherapy she is also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Susan has witnessed profound and heartfelt transformations in her clients which has confirmed her belief that Hypnotherapy is an excellent empowerment model. She is dedicated to  working with her clients so that they may break free from their limitations and discover their true self!

Tamara Nakhjavani, Reiki Master/Teacher, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Energy Therapist, and Shamanic Practitioner

Tamara Nakhjavani, HCH Institute Reiki Teacher

She began her studies of the healing arts after she attended a Reiki clinic at HCH about 8 years ago upon experiencing a sudden shift in her consciousness while receiving Reiki. Tamara has a healing practice (Moonlit Soul Healing) based in Oakland, California, drawing on all the various modalities she has studied to help empower and strengthen her clients’ sense of self and connection to source energy. Prior to her healing studies, Tamara studied biology and worked as a molecular biologist in NJ and attended law school here in California.  She has also worked as a human rights activist and a pre-school volunteer teacher for several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. She considers learning a life time passion and is currently studying to become a Qigong teacher under the guidance of Qigong Master Mingtong Gu. She lives with her husband and daughter in Oakland, CA.

 

Carolyn Rigiero:
Advanced Certification in EFT, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Carolyn was trained in the field of nursing but realized nursing wasn't for her. Not wanting to abandon her love of medicine, she parlayed her medical training into a career as a Medical Research Assistant at the Mason Research Institute in Worcester Mass, then the Wistar Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, for a total of twenty-five years. 

After a serious illness in 2002, she was introduced to Bio-feedback, which became the bridge to hypnotherapy and EFT. She earned her Clinical Certification in Hypnotherapy from HCH in February 2006. She became a devotee of EFT during a hypnotherapy class after her instructor applied EFT on her to avert a migraine. The results were amazing and she was hooked. In 2008 she earned her Stop Smoking Certificate and Past Life Therapy Certificate through HMI in Tarzana, CA.

Carolyn teaches several modules within the HCH's Hypnotherapy Course. Outside of the Hypnotherapy Course, she teaches Deep Hypnosis, as well as EFT and other Meridian Tapping procedures, beginning and advanced. She has a private Hypnotherapy practice in Lafayette and Martinez.

 

Robin Piazza: B.S. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist

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Robin has been working and teaching in the health and wellness field for over 30 years. Her experience has been in clinical as well as alternative healing modalities. When Robin first experienced hypnotherapy she realized that it was a field that had such deep potential for transformational healing, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Robin graduated from HCH and went on to complete the six month internship. She also completed advanced trainings in Past Life Regression Therapy, EFT and Spirit Releasement Therapy.

Robin continues to be honored and inspired by the transformational work of her clients. She has a private practice in the East Bay and in Redwood City California.

suvani stepaneck:MA, CCHT

Suvani Stepanek, M.A., CCHT, is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, and a certified yoga instructor and movement educator, teaching and practicing yoga, dance and meditation for the past 40 years. She served as a professor of Yoga in the Physical Education Dept. of City College of San Francisco from 1999-2015 and trained numerous students in the CCSF yoga teacher training program.

Suvani has studied yoga and meditation with many master teachers in the U.S. and India, practicing the styles of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Integral, Sivananda, Anusara, Sacred Heart Yoga and Siddha Yoga. She has taught at ashrams in India and the U.S. as well as yoga studios, health clubs, community centers and colleges on both east and west coasts of the U.S. Suvani has created her own unique teaching style, blending the physical and spiritual and incorporating the spiritual philosophy of yoga in all of her classes.

Loyd Auerbach:
MS, Parapsychology, Paranormal Investigator,Author

Loyd Auerbach, HCH Institute Parapsychology

Loyd has been on faculty at JFK University since 1983, and is in his fourth year as President of the international organization, the Psychic Entertainers Association. He is a Past President of the California Society for Psychical Study and a long-time contributor and columnist for FATE Magazine. He is on the advisory board of the Rhine Research Center. He holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University and a graduate degree in Parapsychology from JFK University.
He has worked as a consultant on the paranormal for organizations in the field of Parapsychology, as well as for a variety of media. As for the former, he worked in the early 1980s as Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society for Psychical Research, and has consulted with various researchers since then.

Loyd is the author of several books and audio CDs. His most recent books are Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal and Hauntings and Poltergeists: The Ghost Hunter'­s Guide.. Both are from Ronin Publishing, 2004.
His first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS was named the Sacred Text on Ghosts by NEWSWEEK in 1996. He is co-producer for and appears on camera in the video documentary The Haunting of the USS Hornet.

David Leong
MA in Counseling Psychology. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Certified Hypnotherapist. EMDR Trained Therapist.

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David combines solid clinical experience, detailed theoretical knowledge and a very human approach to teaching. By encouraging the class to explore their experiences within new frameworks, he helps to broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding of both the class materials and themselves. David is particularly interested in trauma work, neuropsychology, and is passionate about helping people move past the deep, often unconscious, issues that block their growth.

David is a skilled and gifted clinician, successfully working with issues of trauma, life changes, grief, gender and sexuality issues, as well as what has been called issues of self. He integrates a wide variety of techniques and modalities in the service of helping his clients heal.

 

 

Diana L. Acompo
BS,JD,CCHT,Reiki Master/Teacher, Animal Reiki Practitioner, Energy Therapist

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Diana has a diverse background including finance, law, small business owner and entrepreneur. However, her most fulfilling and heartfelt work has been in the area of mind, body, and spiritual empowerment. Since 2006, Diana has been a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Health & Wellness Coach. Recognizing the mind / body connection, Diana decided to expand her knowledge of holistic nutrition and culinary arts by becoming a Chef specializing in Natural Foods and a Holistic Nutrition Educator. Her studies have continued with certifications in additional modalities: Oncology Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Healing & Reiki (CCH), and Meditation Master / Teacher. Diana hopes to one day combine all of these modalities by creating the Empowerment Wellness Center where clients can experience mind/ body/spirit empowerment and transformation.

Diana is passionate about the curriculum at HCH Institute and has completed her Reiki Master / Teacher and Energy Therapy Certifications, as well as advance studies in EFT, Sandplay, and Past Life Regression Therapy. She is currently working towards completing her Clinical Hypnotherapy and Shamanic studies certifications. When not studying at HCH, Diana works as an Animal Reiki Practitioner specializing in small breed animals and race horses.