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What are you working with or through?

How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

Sometimes another set of ears, eyes, and shoulders can relieve the stress of a dilemma or difficult situation and help you to feel better.


How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

Please join with me in creative explorations to unearth the blocks and challenges that keep you from having an optimal life. Together, with the power of hypnosis, we can break through old patterns, limiting belief structures and write a new life script.


How can we best sit with sadness, anger or negativity?

How can you bring the most joy to your life at any given moment?

How can we best sit with sadness, anger or negativity?

The way is usually through. I can be with you in the fire and help with strategies that lessen or quicken the rough path. My desire is to listen deeply and reflect back to help guide you to your inner healing wisdom.


My focus is on your sense of personal growth, integration, liberation, expansion and transformation. In addition to talking and hypnosis, either in person or online, services may include tailor made experiences, process work, nutritional guidance, artist's muse and inspiration coaching. I also can make recommendations for health and wellness seminars, retreats, ceremony, travel, and/or various somatic healing modalities.  


Optimize YOUR life with a mentor guide

PTSD, healing old hurts, developing new resources and resilience, empowerment, emotional release, integration support, and relationship to self and others, are some areas we might inquire into or examine. I offer guided meditations, NLP and therapeutic hypnosis for your personal vocational and avocational self improvement. I am teacher trained in mandala painting, a facilitator in Health Rhythms drumming, a Reiki Level Two practitioner and well versed in other modalities. Please allow me to show you how to connect deeply with yourself and the present moment to live a life filled with more joy. Let's navigate together areas of difficulty and set a course for love.


Empathy, deep listening, acceptance are at the heart of my practice

My life has been rich with experience. I was married, then divorced, second marriage, raised children who are now successfully adulting in life, empty nest, moved house, traveled extensively, ran my own business, worked as a camp counselor & life guard, volunteered with hospice, and managed various life issues with an attitude of interest, curiosity and gratitude. I have spent time with people in the arenas of addiction, homelessness, and mental illness. A life lived with meaning and celebration, plus lessons learned from challenges resolved, are the foundation of my empathy. 


Transformational Coaching

My ever expanding continuous training in counseling and professional coaching allows me to confidently work with you as an alchemist. My objective aim is your sense wholeness and connection in mind, body and spirit, also called integration. This is accessed by transmuting challenges into a gold that strengthens your life. In addition to being able to help you transform your golf game (sports performance) or test taking ability with hypnosis, integration, reducing anxiety and increasing resilience are my specialization. 


Hypnotherapy is a valuable therapeutic modality that combines traditional talk therapy or counseling with the added feature of a hypnosis session. Together we will explore your personal goals to gain a clear understanding of how best to access your subconscious to attain those objectives. Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness where the body is fully relaxed, but the mind is awake. This state allows access to your subconscious mind where the positive change and transformation you want for yourself can start to take place through the use of hypnotic suggestions. Our sessions would typically include between 15 - 30 minutes of hypnosis. Time will vary depending on the presenting issue. 




Applications include:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Career Success
  • Coping with Death
  • Exam Prep
  • Fear of Flying
  • Fear of Dentist
  • Motivation
  • Headaches
  • Nail Biting
  • Pain Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Relaxation
  • Confidence
  • Sexual Problems
  • Test taking
  • Sleep issues
  • Sports Performance
  • Stage Fright
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Study Habits
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Weight Loss
  • Cravings
  • PTSD
  • Dating and relationship
  • Financial prosperity
  • Driving Anxiety
  • And much more!

Frequently Asked Questions


Hypnosis is simply a state of focused concentration. There are many depth levels when experiencing hypnosis. One does not need to achieve extreme depth to benefit from it.

The experience is different for each individual. Being in hypnosis is nothing like the stage hypnosis that is commonly seen. That is only one form of hypnosis. Other ways of experiencing it are times such as being on auto-pilot when driving, being completely immersed in a movie, or even when falling in love. It can also be similar to times when you are daydreaming or ‘zoned out’ so to speak.

Hypnosis is experienced by everyone on a daily basis. Yes, you have been in hypnosis already today! When you first woke up this morning, during the dreamy-drowsy state before having your cup of joe, this is one of the numerous times we are experiencing hypnosis each day. Right before we fall asleep is another time we are experiencing hypnosis.

It is during the alpha and theta state, which is between the beta (fully awake) and delta (deep asleep) that hypnosis occurs. With hypnotherapy, this state is used to your advantage. This is a suggestible state, where only positives are given, so your subconscious readily absorbs all this in. The subconscious is more open during this state because this is when our 'thinking mind' relaxes. 


According to the American Psychological Association, "Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety." Pain & anxiety are only a couple of the boundless ways hypnosis is proving to work effectively.

Hypnosis is being acknowledged and used more each day within the field of licensed practitioners such as psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The use of hypnosis in the therapeutic setting has achieved great success in helping one to create desired change. It is a tool that has been in existence for centuries to help with behavior modification. Hypnotherapists uses hypnosis to help bring about relief and create healthy change for their clients using a 100% natural and safe process.


Our first hypnotherapy session is 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes in duration. Past Life Regression therapy sessions are approximately 2 hours in length. 


Each case is unique depending on the issue at hand.  HYPNOSIS IS NOT A ONE-SESSION FIX STOP.  Generally, a minimum number of sessions is recommended for lasting results. Powerful results can be achieved after just one session while another may prefer on-going sessions over a given time. It is common to have 3-6 sessions surrounding any given issue.


Yes. There is a common misconception that some people are not able to go into hypnosis due to the common Stage Hypnosis we tend to associate it with.  Everyone experiences hypnosis daily, we are simply triggering this 100% natural state to work towards your advantage.


No.  No matter how deep of a state you are under and I suggest, 'You are a chicken,' chances are, your mind will reject this suggestion.  It is a two-way street with hypnosis.  Your mind only takes in suggestions it is willing to accept.  

*You cannot be forced/coerced into doing/believing anything you don’t want

*You are always in control

*You cannot be stuck in hypnosis

*You can awaken from hypnosis at any time simply by opening your eyes

*You will hear everything that is said

*Each individual experience varies

*You may not feel hypnotized, when in fact you are.

*It is safe to drive after being hypnotized.


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the study of excellence. It can be described as a system or modality used to reprogram the images and patterns in our mind. Our thinking produces our behavior and emotional state of being. As we change the pictures running in our head, we can then change our behavior and how we feel. As a Certified NLP practitioner I use specific proven techniques to reprogram the subconscious by eliminating unwanted thought patterns getting in the way of optimal functioning and wellbeing.


Online sessions are just as effective as in person sessions. Ideally, our first session is in office, but not a requirement. A session online is via Zoom and I will send you an easy to use link for the appointment time. Additionally, a session on the phone can feel more intimate and comfortable because you are in the privacy of a room of your choosing. This works best if you keep your hands free by using a computer and headphones. Please make arrangements for a quiet undisturbed experience. 

About me

Value statement

I believe in living in alignment with the mind body connection and that a life infused with JOY, LOVE and PEACE is available for us to reclaim as our rightful heritage. When we change our thoughts and our subconscious programming, our world improves and we move towards a life of expanded possibilities. I am an LGBTQIA ally and use the pronouns she / her / hers.


Diploma (with honors) in Clinical Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis Motivation Institute

Los Angeles, California

B.A. Communications
University of the Pacific 

Stockton, California

Professional Coach Certification
Life Coach Institute

Costa Mesa, California

Counseling Certification

Interchange Institute 

San Francisco, California

CAPT Certification 

Medicinal Mindfulness

Boulder, Colorado 

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  • Hypnosis and PTSD  
  • Hypnosis and Sports Performance 
  • Hypnosis and Weight Loss 
  • Past Life Regression Therapy
  • Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation
  • Mental and Emotional Release Therapy
  • Hypnosis and Tinnitus (in process)

A clinically certified hypnotherapist with a private practice in Encinitas and Los Angeles. Carol graduated with Honors and Awards from the prestigious Hypnosis Motivation Insitute, the first nationally accredited college for Hypnotherapy training in the nation. A Certified Therapeutic Imagery Master and a Certified Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Loving words from a client

"Working with Carol Benton has been an amazing gift. Her wisdom and presence have been an enormous help in both my spiritual and emotional development. Carol's practice crosses the borders of spiritual teaching, integrative counseling and genuine friendship." Josh W. 

"Words cannot express how you've impacted my outlook on life. You've reminded me that I have the power to do anything that I want and with the right attitude and mindset, anything is possible. Thank you for always being there to listen and lift me up. You've given me the tools to make every moment a learning experience and every day a good day to be alive. Here's to staying positive and never forgetting to shine my light!" Nicole P.

Group Offerings

Group Hypnosis with Guided Imagery

Group Hypnosis with Guided Imagery

Group Hypnosis with Guided Imagery

 Join with me to learn about the subconscious mind and to experience hypnosis and an imagery journey.

InnerSpace Integration Circles

Group Hypnosis with Guided Imagery

Group Hypnosis with Guided Imagery

A bimonthly gathering of community to ground and share in a nonjudgmental, confidential safe space for the purposes of harm reduction

New Moon Meditation Circle

Conscious Cannabis Community

Conscious Cannabis Community

We gather on the evening of the new moon to set intentions for the month and enjoy a Crystal Sound Immersion concert.

Conscious Cannabis Community

Conscious Cannabis Community

Conscious Cannabis Community

An educational forum to discuss the healing benefits of this medicine with the focus on being in correct relationship with the plant. 

Cannabis Enhanced Meditations

Shamanic drumming, ecstatic dance, chanting, breath-work and sensory deprivation / float tanks, kundalini activation, hypnosis and meditation are all avenues into non-ordinary states or "psychedelic" ways of being and alternatives to the use of psychoactive substances. The above mentioned modalities, along with the intentional use of legal cannabis as an agent for transformation, are safe ways to facilitate change in the subconscious. These activities create deep flow states where one is in trance, releasing stored or blocked energy in the body and open to suggestions for positive change. I selectively offer guided cannabis meditation journeys for those (over 21) looking to experience a deeper activated state for the purpose of transformation. While cannabis is safe for most people, there are certain contraindications (work requirements, addiction concerns, mental health diagnoses) for others. An assessment process is required to determine if this is an appropriate modality for you.                                                                                                                   



Professional Affiliations

Hypnotherapists Union Local 472

Professional Member # 44608578

American Hypnosis Association

Professional Member # 003915

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Psychedelic Integration Provider  https://integration.maps.org/carol-benton/

Question or comment?

Optimize Life, LLC

Carol Benton, CHt. CPC

310-340-5787 760-271-1617

By appointment

312 North Coast Highway 101

Encinitas, California 92024

Online sessions with Zoom