John McGrail, Ph.D., C.Ht.


Dr. John McGrail is a clinical hypnotherapist, personal and corporate performance coach, and spiritual teacher located in the West Los Angeles / Santa Monica area, serving both private and corporate clients throughout Southern California, the U.S., and abroad.

Dr. McGrail earned a BS degree from Cornell University and did graduate work in communication arts while serving as a commissioned officer and aviator in the United States Coast Guard. After distinguished careers in both military and commercial aviation and mass communications— film, television, and multimedia, he earned his initial certification in clinical Hypnotherapy at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the nation’s first federally-accredited college of hypnotherapy. He graduated with honors and was the recipient of the Director’s Award for outstanding academic and clinical achievement. He was further honored with a special award for outstanding performance as an HMI clinical resident. He is frequently invited back as a guest lecturer and student career consultant. After HMI he went on to earn his PhD. in clinical hypnotherapy from Breyer State University in Los Angeles, and is now a member of the faculty, teaching both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in clinical hypnotherapy.

Creator of the Synthesis Effect

In addition to clinical hypnosis, Dr. McGrail is also a certified practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming)Timeline Therapy®Therapeutic Imagery, and EFT, (Emotional Freedom Techniques). He integrates these therapeutic modalities with a life-long study and practice of Eastern and Native philosophies and quantum theory. He thus combines a practical and powerful combination of Western science and shamanic spiritual wisdom, in what he calls Synthesis, to guide his clients in manifesting change, transformation, and spiritual empowerment both quickly and profoundly. On average Dr. McGrail’s clients see results in about half the number of sessions than would be required using only conventional protocols.

Dr. John’s clinical practice focuses on personal growth and healing, behavioral modification, and performance improvement in the workplace, sports, and academics. His clients include celebrities, athletes, airline pilots, tradesmen, homemakers, corporate professionals, and children starting at about age 5-7.

His passion is helping people grow and enjoy a better life, and he brings over 25 years of leadership, management, teaching, and coaching experience to his clinical and corporate practice. As he likes to say, “Whatever the issue, whether it’s giving up a bad habit like cigarettes, winning on the PGA Tour, eliminating a fear or phobia, doing better in relationships, building confidence and self esteem, or finding one’s spirituality, it’s all the same process. I work with you to help you overcome limiting beliefs, decisions, and behavioral patterns that keep you from reaching your goals and obtaining the abundance in life that we all want and deserve. The tools I use— hypnosis, NLP, etc, and especially my Synthesis models are natural, safe, painless, powerfully effective and have been in use since the dawn of civilization.”

In addition to his Los Angeles practice, John is a frequent keynote speaker, lecturer, and facilitates seminars and workshops for an eclectic variety of civic and social groups, professional organizations, and corporations. “I love the chance to educate people and promote a powerful method for creating lasting change and improving virtually any facet of a person’s life.” For a list of upcoming workshops, speaking engagements and media appearances you’re invited to visit the Events Page on this site.

Dr. McGrail’s writing and expertise have been featured in numerous media outlets including Readers Digest,Time,Cosmopolitan, U.S. News & World Report, Redbook, Self, Ladies Home Journal, The Chicago Tribune, NY Daily News, WebMD,, Telemundo, TLC, MTV, ABC, CBS, WGN Superstation, and many more. Dr. McGrail’s heralded technique, which has helped thousands in his Los Angeles-based practice, is now helping millions around the country and all over the world through his new book, THE SYNTHESIS EFFECT: Your Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation (Career Press, March 2012).

He is a member of the American Hypnosis Association, the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the Hypnotists’ Guild. He has also served on the executive board of the Hypnotherapists Union, whose certification standards are among the most rigorous in the field of clinical hypnotherapy.

Dr. McGrail and his wife Lynne-Anne, make their home in Marina Del Rey, California. They are avid boaters and deep-sea fishermen. He also enjoys golf, skiing, hiking and camping, writing, and the study of native philosophies and natural healing.


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