Teresa Van-Zeller


Teresa Van-Zeller has been intrigued about the world of hypnosis since childhood, however, it wasn’t until she started her training to become a Hypnotherapist that she realized the incredible potentials of using hypnosis and hypnotherapy to effect change in people.  She learned the values of using hypnosis from personal experience.  In the first year that she practiced self hypnosis, she overcame several issues of her own, including chronic neck and back pain, fear of flying, and insomnia--all issues that at one time were suffered on a daily basis and are now only rarely experienced, so rarely that they can only be categorized as an occasional nuisance.

What was most amazing to her was how easy it was to make changes in life and how once those changes were made, all the other areas of her life improved as well.  Using and teaching hypnosis to help others effect changes in their lives has become her passion.

Within one year after becoming a Certified Hypnotherapist, Teresa was asked to teach the National Guild of Hypnotist’s Hypnotherapist Certification course at the school she had attended.  Soon after, she was  asked to join the faculty and sit on the Board of Directors of the HypnoBirthing ® Institute.  In 2005 Teresa received "The Director's Award" for her continuing service at the Annual HypnoBirthing® Conclave which is one of the highest honors given. She has trained over one thousand parents and HypnoBirthing® Practitioners.  In addition, she was asked to join the faculty of Roy Hunter’s Alliance Self-Empowerment, Inc. and Teresa now has her own school where she teaches Roy’s highly acclaimed Certified Hypnotherapist course which is accepted in many colleges across the nation.

After teaching childbirth education for over eleven years and having attended over 100 births, Teresa has taken her accumulated wealth of experience and knowledge and written a book titled "Birthng As Nature Intended", (B.A.N.I.) - a guide to achieving the birth you envision.

Her childbirth education course: "Birthing As Nature Intended" (B.A.N.I. Classes): is a complete childbirth education program that will prepare expectant parents for the beautiful, calm birth that every expectant mother is entitled to.

Stage Shows and Seminars

The advantages and benefits of hypnosis seminars and demonstrations are recognized and commonplace in the corporate environment, especially in the areas of stress management and motivational training.

Stage shows are exciting highlights for corporate functions, special engagements and private parties.

As a Master Hypnotist, Teresa is available for hypnosis stage shows as well as for speaking engagements and seminars.  Every show/demonstration is different because the volunteers come from the audience, allowing for the excitement of the unexpected.

Please contact me for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of focused inner awareness whereby you permit your conscious mind to “step aside”, allowing direct communication with your subconscious mind.  When you are ready for change, hypnosis is a powerful tool and perhaps the missing instrument that can be used to gain control of your life and well being.

How does hypnosis work?

The subconscious mind is opened up to positive suggestion when hypnotized.  This allows you to let go of negative or unwanted behaviors, fears or habits that may be getting in the way of achieving your goals or that may be causing an impasse in your life.  Old feelings and beliefs can be released in favor of choosing new, more positive ways of responding to current issues.

Will I get stuck in hypnosis?

This just does not happen.  Should the practitioner stop talking, the client will respond either by slipping into a natural sleep for a few minutes, or naturally coming out of hypnosis due to the absence of the practitioner’s voice.

Will the hypnotist be in control of my mind?

In hypnosis you are in complete control and aware of everything that is going on around you at all times.  You accept only those suggestions that are beneficial to you.

Will I reveal financial or family secrets?

Since you are aware of everything throughout a hypnosis session, it is you who controls what will be revealed.  Hypnosis is not a “truth serum”.

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Everyone with average intelligence or above, (an IQ of at least 70) frequently experiences hypnosis, sometimes hundreds of times a day.  You must pass through hypnosis to fall asleep at night and to wake up in the morning.  Every time you daydream, gaze into a fire, become engrossed in a good book or movie or even drive your car and think about something other than driving, you are experiencing hypnosis.

What if my mind is too sharp or I am too strong willed to be hypnotized?

The idea of someone being too sharp or strong willed to be hypnotized is a myth.  Hypnosis is relaxation.  Actually, the more a person is able to utilize both sides of the brain, (both the logical and creative aspects), the better.

Testimonials :

"I just wanted to thank you for working with me to overcome my nailbiting habit.  I am 64 years old and don't remember a time in my life when I didn't bite my nails.  It feels so good to be able to shake someone's hand without feeling embarrassed.  Now I look down at my hands and see the white tips over my fingers and have a real sense of pride. I sincerely thank you." Ben L, Sherman Oaks

"Thank you so much for spending time with me last night.  You told me to keep track of my "successes" so I'll share these with you:  I did the exercise before I went to sleep; I fell asleep quickly." Tara S., Calabasas

“I have known Teresa VanZeller for almost 4 years.  I am 51 years old and originally visited Teresa after being hit by a car 6 years ago and suffering multiple injuries.  After 5 months in the hospital I was left with severe chronic pain related to spinal cord nerve damage. I had been treated with every conventional treatment available including a host of the strongest narcotics with almost no pain relief. As both a scientist and a psychotherapist I am keenly aware of the interconnection between the mind and the body.  I now realize that a fundamental link for my physical healing and pain relief is my willingness to access the healing power of my mind via hypnotherapy.  Although each individual is ultimately responsible for maintaining this connection it is the skill of the hypnotherapist that initiates this relationship. It is Teresa’s skill as a hypnotherapist and her consistent commitment to self-improvement as a therapist and as a human being that I attribute to my willingness to see my recovery as an outcome.  In my darkest hours I can not dismiss the fact that when working with Teresa, even with the most severe pain (10 on a scale of 1-10), I  experience long periods of peace.” Mark Siegel, Ph.D., M.A. MFT

"I just wanted to thank you again for the presentation you did on Tuesday morning.  After talking to students and faculty, I can tell that this event was a success and that the school is interested in doing more specialist presentations like yours." Noah L., Sherman Oaks

Please find additional testimonials on Birthing As Nature Intended and Course page.


National Guild of Hypnotists

Roy Hunter

Birthing As Nature Intended

Your concise & thoughtful instruction is going to be so useful to us as we approach our delivery of our baby - Virginia & Tim O., Woodland Hills

Thank you for the wonderful gift you taught us and so many others.  I wouldn't have a baby any other way - Antonia Gravink

In my darkest hours I can not dismiss the fact that when working with Teresa, even with the most severe pain (10 on a scale of 1-10), I experience long periods of peace - Mark Siegel, Ph.D., M.A. MFT