San Diego Hypnosis

Expand your mind's power.

About Us/Our Team

Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Registered Hypnotic Anesthesiologist, Peak Performance Coach & Mentor

marla-200x200As a motivational trainer and peak performance coach, Dr. Marla Brucker has inspired thousands of people worldwide to realize their hidden potential and learn to trust their intuition as they move toward achieving greater success. Dr. Brucker earned a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, is a Registered Hypnotic Anesthesiologist, a master practitioner of NLP, is certified in BioEnergy Therapy, and a seminar leader through the American Seminar Leaders Association. Dr. Brucker is also a certified Laugh Leader, helping to bring laughter and healing in all aspects of people’s lives.

Dr. Brucker has been practicing in the fields of performance enhancement, pain management, and counseling since 1978. She has worked in hospitals, mental health clinics, educational institutes and social service agencies. Dr. Brucker conducts leadership training programs in the areas of Energy Psychology including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnosis, Psychokinesis and Motivation for corporate and professional organizations. Her frequently requested “Mind over Metal” (spoon bending) seminars are the highlight of many professional and corporate gatherings, training seminars and parties.

“Marla is one of the best teachers I ever had. I walk out of class not only inspired but also able to use fundamental techniques for true application. She is truly engaging and inspiring in her approach to teaching. As a result of her program, I have begun my own private practice and it is a fabulous journey!”
Randi Beckman, 
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Dr. Brucker is also the Director the Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy in San Diego, and is a certified instructor of Hypnotherapy, Hypnotic Anesthesiology, and Energy Therapies. She has been teaching Hypnotherapy at various schools since 1991 and has been the Director of another school since 2003. Throughout her years of teaching she has written three instructional training manuals, and developed the comprehensive Integrative Hypnotherapy Program offered at the Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy.

Dr. Brucker’s gentle approach in assisting people to achieve Peak Performance has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. The combined approach of using Hypnosis, Energy Psychology, and Coaching greatly enhances one’s success. Currently in private practice in San Diego, California, she works with individuals as well as groups. Dr. Brucker also conducts phone sessions throughout the nation in Hypnosis, EFT and Coaching.
Read more about Hypnosis, Energy Therapies and Coaching and all their benefits on Marla’s website at:

Awards received by Dr. Brucker:

  • Award of Excellence for Counseling and Therapy. 2005
  • International Hypnosis Federation 
Award of Recognition. 2004
  • International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association
Founder’s Award. 2000
  • National Board of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Anesthesiology
Faculty Award. 1997
  • National Board of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Anesthesiology
Fellow Award. 1996
  • National Board of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Anesthesiology
Member of the Year. 1994
  • National Board of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Anesthesiology


Success Lies Within…Invest in yourself.

Marla Brucker, DCH, R.HA
Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy
(858) 587-0422

Marla, you truly have made a difference in my life with all the love and wisdom you share. I appreciate your training, expertise and encouragement for self growth and change. After applying these tools in my own life, I can successfully help others develop and grow into their full potential. My awareness has been awoken and I can now see myself developing into the person I want to become as I help others do the same. I’m excited to begin my practice as a hypnotherapist.
M.H., Hypnotherapy Student

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Andrew-200x200Andrew Utley has many backgrounds in the professional and personal development world. While graduating with honors from San Diego State University in Communication and Psychology, he invested his free time into learning as much as he could about Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis as well as business training and facilitation. His love and passion is studying, learning and teaching about Communication and Psychology in a seminar training environment. As a business consultant, he has worked with a variety of industries but enjoys the thrill of being able to impart specialized knowledge to an audience more than sitting in offices. He‘s an internationally known speaker, having run large-scale training classes in the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

His style of communication and training is that of a fun, experiential environment where students are encouraged to ask questions, enjoy themselves and even challenge the methods being taught in order to fully understand how something works. While training, Andrew feels that he learns just as much from the students as the students learn from him. There is always something to be learned in every situation and Andrew’s insatiable hunger for knowledge allows him to be open to new ideas, while critically examining his own theories and system of beliefs.

In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his amazing girlfriend, playing with his dog and personally developing his body and mind. He is preparing to enroll into a highly competitive Masters program at SDSU. While still taking time to train in martial arts, reading anything from Ayn Rand to Calvin & Hobbes, and attending Toastmasters and various other networking groups. He is available to contact on Facebook, but could never get into Twittering his every action and thought. Also, he always has a joke on hand and is looking forward to meeting you soon.

tara-natarajanTara Natarajan is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a graduate of the Motivational Institute of Hypnotherapy. Prior to becoming a hypnotherapist, Tara attended the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained a B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology. After college, Tara attended law school in the Bay Area and obtained her law degree. She has been practicing law since 2009. Her main practice area is civil litigation. Tara’s unique background is a culmination of all of her passions.

Tara believes that the mind is a person’s most powerful tool and incorporates this belief into her legal practice, hypnotherapy practice and general way of life. Most recently she has joined MIOH’s Board of Directors as its general counsel where she will be a contributor of Hypnosis and the Law. Tara currently resides in San Diego with her husband.

Steve is the newest member of the MIOH team. He brings an extensive background in website development, IT support and computer knowledge to the organization. An early adopter of website technology, Steve has built numerous websites for various companies since the early days of the internet. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.

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