Testimonials

Whether you want hypnotherapy to help you with anxiety and stress, phobias and fears, weight loss and addictive behaviors, or dysfunctional relationships in the Bay Area, read Kay’s testimonials. Her satisfied clients speak for themselves and may strike a chord for you.

Satisfied Clients Speak for Themselves:

The feelings of anxiety and panic have receded BIG TIME.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay is AMAZING! I was feeling really down about myself and it was creating all sorts of anxiety for me including being PANICKED every time I had to present at work, even though presentations and public speaking has always been a part of my role. She worked with me to realign my self-image and the feelings of anxiety and panic have receded BIG TIME. I can’t recommend Kay highly enough to anyone who wants to get control back over any part of their life. – Judy B., Tiburon – Results may vary from person to person.

I am more than satisfied with my improvement for work-related anxiety.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I suffered with work-related anxiety that was significantly impairing my life. I followed through with the sessions and saw a significant improvement after just one visit. I like how she structures each session and was able to tune into things that I hadn’t realized. It helped improve my work-related anxiety and I am better able to cope with stressful situations. We worked on both specific triggers and overall energy. I am more than satisfied with my improvement. Like others I was also skeptical but am so happy I took a chance. I highly recommend Kay Heatherly! I know I will be going back to work on other things! – Ruby B., Redwood City – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay’s support has made it possible for me to make my life better.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay is a wonderfully warm, skillful and empowering hypnotherapist. I initially went to her in order to lose weight, but over 4 sessions, I have been able to improve several other areas of my life. My sessions with Kay have helped me to be more aware of how I can change things that aren’t working. Making changes can be challenging, but Kay’s support has made it possible for me to make my life better. I especially appreciate that she gives teachers a discount! If you wish to improve areas of your life, I highly recommend you work with Kay Heatherly. – C.D., Daly City – Results may vary from person to person.

Three sessions later, I’m smoke- free and stress-free.

Kay is great at what she does. After my first session, I was already seeing a difference in my everyday life. Three sessions later, I’m smoke- free and stress-free. Thank you, Kay!!! – J.G. – Results may vary from person to person.

After just one session, I have already seen an improvement.

“I have been listening to the recording and feel more at peace, have been more productive, and my spirit overall has been improved a great deal. I feel a lot lighter after I listen to the recording each day. I know it is still early, but it’s very encouraging to see an improvement after just one single session. I want you to know how appreciative I am for your help! I look forward to our next appointment!” – KF, SF – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay really helped with my anxiety and phobia issues.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay is absolutely fantastic. She was really able to help me with my anxiety and phobia issues and I really recommend her to anybody out there of all walks of life. She’s very caring, loving and really tries her best to help people with all kinds of issues and problems in everyday life. Thanks again for all your help, Kay 🙂 – Ivan, South San Francisco, CA – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay has literally saved my life in a number of weeks.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay has literally saved my life in a number of weeks. When I met Kay I was deep in the thralls of an illness, that I still have with terrible life threatening side effects. My way of dealing with the stress of this reality was by drinking and eating unhealthy substances that make my illness worse. For years I have struggled with this addiction and anxiety and after just a few weeks with Kay I feel as if I AM IN CONTROL of it and not the other way around.

“My sister just asked me on a family vacation, if she feels that my doctor (meaning Kay) has been the reason for my positive transformation and the answer was a grounded YES. This is not your average hypnosis, we have a light therapy session and then Kay forms the hypnosis and tapping to my current state. This is something that you have to be open to working WITH Kay on. I have to do my part, but Kay has given me the strength to change deeply from within instead of masking my issues in unhealthy ways. I will continue to do the work, but feel as if I will forever be in great debt to Kay. She is truly something special.” – Genevieve H., Hollywood, CA – Results may vary from person to person.

I’ve appreciated Kay’s insightful support in making many positive changes in my life!

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“I’ve been a client of Kay’s for over 15 years! She asks insightful questions that help you clarify what you want to work on and then guides you to identify the positive changes you want to make. The EFT and hypnotherapy process is recorded which allows you to listen later for continued reinforcement. I’ve appreciated Kay’s calm and insightful support in helping me make many positive changes in my life.”
– Mary M., Oakland, Results may vary from person to person

I’ll always recommend Kay as a therapist #1 in this field

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“I have been Kay’s client for the last few years. She is nothing else than: Great! She is professional, friendly and warm. What’s important for me, her techniques and focused approach lead me to the insight into my problem and overcoming it. She is a great supporter if you want to work on your personal growth in any field. She is very experienced and I’ll always recommend Kay as a therapist #1 in this field. Thank you Kay!” – T.S., Burlingame, Results may vary from person to person.

I value Kay’s professionalism

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay really values good relationships so I could easily work with her because of this. She also gives you an MP3 of her work so you can use this at home to further your sessions and continue the work on your own. I value Kay’s professionalism.” – Laura S., Novato, Results may vary from person to person.

I still listen to the personalized MP3 recording she made specifically for me

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“Kay is great! She’s caring, patient and has a warm vibe! She really helped me get on the right track to where I wanted to be and who I wanted to become. I still listen to the personalized recording she made specifically for me, which I thought was a very caring gesture. I highly recommend Kay to anyone looking to overcome any obstacles or challenges they are facing or if you want to make a change in yourself!” – Desirae J., San Francisco, Results may vary from person to person.

Talk to Kay to get some real action and real results in your life

“Kay really helped me to let go of the frustration and anxiety I was feeling from living next to a very bad neighbor. I now feel much happier, more relaxed and more myself when dealing with any issues that might arise. Whatever stress you might have in your life, consider talking to Kay to get some real action and real results in your life.” – Pam C., San Francisco, Results may vary from person to person.

I still can’t  believe how easy quitting smoking was after 38 years of addiction

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“Kay helped me get rid of a strong and long smoking addiction in just 2 sessions! I started smoking when I was 13 years old and was still struggling with nicotine at 51, either in the form of tobacco, patches or gum. I did manage to quit for short periods but always felt miserable. Kay was recommended by a friend and she was kind enough to schedule 2 sessions during a short stay in SF (I live on Maui). The first appointment was emotionally intense and I found the practice of the taping mixed with the guided meditation extremely powerful. I went out from the first appointment really moved and did not smoke nor put on a patch. I actually had very little craving until the next session 3 days later from which I came out free of nicotine. Kay also gave me the recordings of the 2 sessions and it was really helpful to be able to listen to them during the first weeks.

“I still can’t  believe how easy was the quitting process after 38 years of addiction.

“I will definitely contact Kay again to work on other issues and I definitely recommend her practice to anybody seeking help in various areas.” – Franky B., Maui, Results may vary from person to person.

I was consoling myself with red wine and cheese and crackers every night

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“I was stuck. I had gotten myself into an emotional rut and was consoling myself with red wine and cheese and crackers every night. Pretty dismal! I had read about people trying hypnosis and knew I had to change what my in my mind before I could change myself… 3 sessions with Kay, 6 weeks later, I kid you not, I have stopped drinking red wine! I don’t want it. I don’t crave it. I don’t need it. After the first session, I felt euphoric that week. I did the tapping everyday. The second session, we talked about more things I wanted to let go of, I kept on doing the tapping everyday. It works, it really does. But you have to take the time to do the tapping every day to get the real benefit I found. Gradually, over the few weeks, my craving for red wine vanished. I am at home, drinking herbal tea and feeling so light and free. 

“Thank you Kay!” – Nicola Q., San Francisco, Results may vary from person to person.

I knew that Kay has helped people “get over it”, whatever that is for them

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“Kay is working with my spouse and I can see firsthand the huge benefits Kay provides her clients. I knew from the experiences of several friends that Kay has helped people ‘get over it’, whatever that is for them: clarity and confidence in big tests like the CA Bar exam, confidence in public speaking, freedom from fear of flying, recovery from debilitating grief, tools to help deal with challenging and draining family situations, and so many other ways.” – Adrienne D., Berkeley, Results may vary from person to person.

I found the EFT method effective… and I have numerous recordings that I play when problems re-appear

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

“Although I’ve seen several therapists, I find that Ms Heathery’s approach in which she asked me to identify what I ‘want to get rid of’ has been the MOST EFFECTIVE. She is excellent at accurately summarizing client input. She then uses a combination of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Guided Meditation to assist the client in letting go of the things they had previously identified.  I found the EFT method effective, especially the part where she asked me to tap on areas of the body identified by Eastern Medicine practitioners and repeat personalized things like ‘I forgive myself, I’ve done the best I could.’ She also guides the client in a meditation while under hypnosis and provides the client with a recording of the meditation. I have numerous recordings that I play when problems re-appear and the recordings are as useful as they were the first time.” – Anne M., SF – Results may vary from person to person.

I now fly regularly for business and pleasure without targeting my anxiety trigger

“I felt compelled to send you a quick note privately. I met with you for several sessions perhaps 7 years ago or so for help with Claustrophobia while flying. I had a goal to travel to Europe as one of my wife’s passions. After several sessions with you, along with my recorded session you provided, I’m happy to report that I not only took my first trip to Italy last summer, but fly regularly for business and pleasure with little if any issues.  Your technique obviously targeted my anxiety trigger successfully and empowered me to overcome this issue. I hope you enjoy many successes such as mine in your practice.  I’m deeply grateful for your assistance.” D.S. – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay helped me work through a variety of issues.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Kay is an especially effective facilitator for positive change. She helped me work through a variety of issues and guided me in defining and letting go of negative thoughts and behavior. She is articulate, attentive, professional and extremely competent. – Anne, SF – Results may vary from person to person.

After 10 years of struggling with anxiety, I finally have hope when I picture my future.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I am so grateful that I found Kay! For over 10 years, I struggled with anxiety. And in three sessions and less than a month, I have come so very far in ridding myself of anxiety with Kay’s help. I finally have hope and excitement when I picture my future. Every time I leave a session I have a lightness of heart and sense of peace, independence, joy, and freedom that is truly unparalleled. She has a kindness and genuine talent for what she does that, when combined, leave me feeling blessed to have found her. Her technique is very relaxing and geared very much to exactly what I need to let go of. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Whatever you need to be freed from, she is the woman to do it. Without her help, I would still be struggling to rid myself of crippling anxiety, but now I know I am a strong independent woman and nothing will hold me back. I haven’t experienced an attack since my first session. Call her, talk to her about how she can help you. I promise she will change your world for the better! – Lil F., Healdsburg – Results may vary from person to person.

My talk in front of 60 people went very well, and I owe it to the work Kay did with me.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I had some fear of public speaking and old mental tapes I was running about self worth. Kay put me at ease by being very matter of fact and getting to the core issue. We did the Emotional Freedom technique together which is very powerful and something she taught me to do myself.

My talk in front of 60 people went very well, and I owe it to the work Kay did with me. It was unusual to have none of the usual nervousness and shaking I would normally have! I have always been a little uncomfortable socially with certain people, but seeing how important Kay feels about relationships and how she deals with friction between people is inspiring.

She always said “relationships are the most important thing for me” and that stayed with me long after our sessions. Now I can say the same thing too and mean it. Thank you, Kay Heatherly! – Laura B. Novato – Results may vary from person to person.

Whatever your goal, Kay is your guide to making positive changes in your life.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I have enjoyed working with Kay very much. She is intuitive, educated, professional, focused, well spoken, and supportive. She is not flighty, mystical or weird. Her approach is subtle and gentle. Nothing is force fed. In fact, it is the exact opposite; her style engages you wholly into healing/resolving/­confronting whatever issue(s) you may have — smoking, weight gain, narcissistic family, career change, marriage problems, phobias — through discussion, analyzing the facts, setting achievable goals and deep meditation. Whatever your goal, Kay is your guide to making positive changes in your life.

A typical session goes like this:
• Sit down in a comfy chair.
• Sip a cup of tea. Breathe. Look at the pretty Bougainvillea in the back garden.
• Then start talking about why you are there / what you want to change.
• Spend the bulk of the session allowing Kay to probe further to get you to pinpoint the specific wording that conveys exactly what you want to accomplish. Generally multiple goals.

When you have the specifics hammered out…
• Kay guides you through a tapping meditation that incorporates these actionable goals.
• Kay records the meditation and emails it to you so you can work on it at home until you see her again.
• You walk out relaxed, pensive yet jazzed, and empowered.

Change takes time and concerted effort. It can be uncomfortable and nerve wracking. So why not make it a bit easier on yourself and seek out a professional whose vocation it is to help people achieve their goals? Kay is a wonderful tool to have in your Self Improvement Tool Box. – C.C., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay has given me new tools to change all of my bad habits of self-defeating thoughts.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I sent a friend to Kay after reading reviews on Yelp. She had such a positive experience that she pointed me back to Kay when I was in a troubled state a few weeks ago. I am so grateful. After just a few sessions with Kay, I have turned a real corner. Stress, negative thinking, bad habits of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors have been with me for a very long time. Kay has given me new tools to change all of this — and the changes I have made are real and amazing.

Kay is kind, very smart, compassionate and insightful. In such a short time, she has helped me to recognize how thoughts are habits that can be changed. I love the recordings that she sends after each session. They are like having Kay in my ear, encouraging me and guiding me. I can’t thank her enough and I can’t recommend her highly enough.

PS – I was extremely skeptical, nervous and reluctant to see her. I am a changed woman, thanks to Kay.– Trish R., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay helped me through a rough patch in my life and we conquered through it together!

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

When I met Kay, I felt immediately comfortable and safe with her. I trust my feelings a lot, and I just knew I could trust her!

She helped me through a rough patch in my life and we conquered through it together!

These days, I feel so uplifted and elated. I’m really blessed to have met Kay!! Thank you so much!! – Dee, San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

I am so happy I have found someone I can seek guidance from during times of stress.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I’ve been working with Kay for a number of months on anxiety issues and her compassionate approach has been so helpful. The best part of the session is that it doesn’t end when you leave her office, the recorded hypnotherapy is what really helped me stay focused on changing the way I think so I can change the way I feel.

It was around my fourth session that I really started to notice I was able to ease out of my negative thought patterns and remain calm in situations that in the past would have been overwhelming. I am so happy I have found someone I can seek guidance from during times of stress. – Madeleine G., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

Life’s too short and too precious to be struggling with unnecessary baggage.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Working with Kay was highly effective for me and I wholeheartedly recommend her! For some time, I’ve been aware of several negative thought patterns that I could feel influencing me on a daily basis. I’d known these beliefs were holding me back from what I truly wanted and had been looking for ways to get my head in the right place. I went into the meeting with Kay with several fears to release and many positive beliefs to instill. Having gone through the process now, I think that’s certainly happened.

It’s definitely worth doing the 3 sessions, since changing your mindset is a process and our emotional hangups can be complicated. You’ll find that as one block is released, another one that was previously beneath it and perhaps unnameable emerges, so you can then work on that. In my case, I found that by the 3rd session the initial negative thought patterns I had weren’t even there anymore, so I was able to focus more on what I really wanted to create. It’s been a remarkable shift to find that negative thoughts I was constantly contending with a few weeks ago, now feel foreign, as if they’re happening to someone else and don’t apply to me.

I’m very happy I took the leap and went to Kay. Life’s too short and too precious to be struggling with unnecessary baggage! – R.R., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

I went to Kay because of my intense fear of flying. I then did brilliantly on an 11-hour flight!

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I had a long plane flight ahead of me that was causing me a lot of anxiety. Kay saw me for the first time the day before my flight. The first session was relaxing and helpful. Kay’s setup is very warm and comfortable. She offered me tea and we spent the first hour just going over why I feared flying. She then hypnotized me and recorded the session so I could listen to it before and on the plane flight.

I left Kay’s office feeling calm, without a hint of anticipatory anxiety about the flight. The next day, I flew on a 11-hour flight, cramped in coach, and did brilliantly!! My husband was shocked at the transformation and so grateful to Kay for the work she did.

I had two more sessions after that with Kay — one to tackle weight-loss and the other for general anxiety. Both were very helpful. I highly recommend Kay — she is the real deal. – Amy L. San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay is simply superb. I was able to see both of my parents, now deceased, when they were young.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended
I did not know what to expect from hypnosis, as I had never experienced it before. I was delighted with the results; Kay is simply superb. On top of making some important discoveries, there was an unexpected and joyful surprise. I was able to see both of my parents, now deceased, when they were young (with tremendous clarity), in my childhood home. Truly an unexpected bonus! Thank you, Kay. – Edward M., Concord – Results may vary from person to person.

Kay saved me when I had hit rock bottom.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended
This review is long overdue! When I first got to Kay I was an emotional wreck over my relationship. I was so hurt and paranoid that that’s all I could think about. She helped me address issues that all affected not only the way I thought about the relationship but also about myself. I knew that I had to work on other issues such as weight loss because I had lost my self confidence, my sanity, and my sense of calm. Coming in for a session was a relaxing space with great music and Kay’s soothing voice that always put me in my trance. Talking to Kay was a sense of relief for me as she was not judgmental but gave great advice and helped me make my own decision about what I wanted to do with myself or issue at hand.

During even our first session I felt so comfortable with Kay. It was as if I knew her for years. I loved how we had a combo of regular therapy and hypnotherapy. I wasn’t sure if hypnotherapy would work for me but it worked really well. My subconscious controlled more of my life than I ever really knew and this is something that anyone else who does hypnotherapy will see for themselves.

One big thing that I loved being able to do after our sessions was listening to our sessions over and over again at home with a personal CD. Kay was also great at making the sessions affordable to me which I am very grateful for because I knew I desperately needed her help. Overall I would recommend anyone to Kay. She saved me when I had hit rock bottom. Today I asked myself if I would’ve been able to overcome it all alone without her wise words and knowledge and I don’t think I could’ve so she holds a special place in my heart. So go to Kay; she’s awesome!!!!” – Karen S., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

The results were impressive and empowering

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended
Kay is intuitive and pragmatic. My sessions with her were comfortable and warm and we wound up addressing far more than what I initially thought would be covered. She really made me feel like “everything is ok” and that I am not a lost cause. We addressed very specific issues as well as general blahs and the results were impressive and empowering. I have referred friends to Kay and will continue to do so. She really knows her stuff!
Denise C., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

I’ve been telling myself the exact opposite of what you and I came up with.

Thank you, Kay. Things are going better. Still doing my recordings about three times a day and I’ve come to realize that I’ve been doing self-hypnosis for years, only with the very wrong and unhealthy input. I’ve been telling myself the exact opposite of what you and I came up with. With your help, I’m working every day to correct that.
Joan V., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

Her approach reduces latent stress and offers realistic positive suggestions.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended
Kay is compassionate and intelligent. She’s very good at what she does and I feel I’ve made very rapid progress in our work. These are challenging times, especially for anyone who is an entrepreneur. This approach not only reduces latent stress – it also provides a way to offer realistic positive suggestions to the deep regions of the mind that influence our daily lives.
Nancy F., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

I had a very challenging couple of years… Kay’s relaxation techniques absolutely work.

5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended
I am so thankful for having found Kay Heatherly. Truly, she is an incredible person and an outstanding therapist. I have had a very challenging couple of years, suffering bereavements, ‘loss’ of my mother to dementia, job losses, anxiety and depression and personal relationship issues (I would have been an ideal guest at any party…) and really was at my wits’ end.

I had been to counselling before (specifically grief counselling) but hadn’t felt it helped particularly. I also kind of thought, being English, that therapy just wasn’t ‘done.’ However, it finally got to the point where I thought I had nothing to lose, and found Kay after reading her Yelp reviews. It’s the best decision I have made in a long time. She is perceptive, pragmatic, worldly, extremely kind and straightfoward. The focus is on dealing, directly, with issues and making sure you are moving forward.

Her relaxtion techniques absolutely work, and she sends you an MP3 of them so you can practice them on your own. Quite simply, I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Emma J., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.

You gave our daughter a positive attitude and tools she can use in life.
5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

I wanted to thank you for the time you spent with our daughter. I’ve often told her that if she was in pain, she could always talk to me, a friend or a therapist. So, in addition to giving her a positive attitude and tools that she can use in life, you have shown our daughter how therapy can help. For that I am grateful.
E.Y., San Rafael – Results may vary from person to person.

I couldn’t have achieved my dreams without you.
5 Star Rating: Highly Recommended

Before I found Kay, I was feeling horrible about myself. I have been preparing for a graduate exam for months. Despite taking a prep class, studying all the time and receiving personalized tutoring, I was still not achieving the score I want. The most frustrating part had to be the fact that I was able to achieve my desirable score on practice exams, but not on the real exams. All this stress translated to my low sense of self-esteem and inability to sleep well at night.

One day, my instructor suggested that I try hypnotherapy to see if it will help me achieve my target score. I thought why not? Although I have never experienced hypnotherapy, I trust my instructor so I looked on Yelp and found Kay. What I love about Kay was that she was very straight-forward and proactive in connecting with me. I was able to schedule all three visits before my actual exam. And yes, I finally got the score I want.

For all of you that are thinking about if hypnotherapy may help you out, give Kay a call. She will put your doubts to rest, just like what she did with mine. Thanks, Kay! I couldn’t have achieved my dream without you.
D.R., San Francisco – Results may vary from person to person.