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Dr. Randy Gilchrist, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
1899 East Roseville Parkway #100
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 899-4990
drgilchrist at

*Available for interview by arrangement

About Dr. Gilchrist

Dr. Randy Gilchrist is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified hypnotherapist. He has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 and has a successful private practice in Roseville, California ( His specialty is hypnosis for weight loss, and he has successfully helped many clients lose weight through clinical hypnosis since 2001. In 2006, Dr. Gilchrist also created a comprehensive self-help version of his hypnosis services called The Weight Loss Mindset ( Dr. Gilchrist has a blog and has written a number of articles related to “the psychology of weight loss”. He also conducts regular phone interviews on the psychological aspects of obesity and weight loss, including the use of clinical hypnosis as an effective weight loss technique.


Interview Topics

Dr. Gilchrist conducts interviews on various current and interesting topics related to “the psychology of weight loss”. You may choose one of the three discussion focuses below and contact Dr. Gilchrist to arrange an interview time at (916) 899-4990 or via email at drgilchrist at For your convenience, you will be emailed 20 sample questions for your topic before the interview to refer to if desired. Unique questions and calls from the listening audience are also welcome.


Topic 1 — Thinking Thin: Hypnosis and Weight Loss

People have always been fascinated with hypnosis and the mind’s role in promoting obesity or weight loss. This interview will address how our psychological motivation largely determines our ability to lose (or gain) weight. Hypnosis is introduced and highlighted as a powerful and somewhat mysterious tool to effectively spike weight loss motivation to help people finally accomplish their weight loss goals. This interview promotes what a weight loss mindset consists of, along with ideas on how to create and maintain such thinking to support one’s weight loss journey.


Topic 2 — Blame the Media: Society’s Role in Making Us Overweight

We receive a contradictory message in today’s society—look thin and attractive, but at the same time, please eat excessively and unnecessarily for fun, to fit in socially, and to soothe uncomfortable emotions like stress, anxiety, boredom, and loneliness. In addition to all of the advertising pushing excessive, low-nutrition foods, our current technology mass produces laboratory-created processed foods with unhealthy ingredients that pile up the calories. In addition, our current lazy/sedentary lifestyle fueled by online gaming, social networking, cell phones, etc. just adds to the problem. The solution: realize what is going on, and learn to minimize or reject these elements of society! This interview will review ideas how to do so.


Topic 3 — My Mind is Making Me Fat: How Our Mindset Sabotages our Weight Loss Efforts

What we associate psychologically with pleasure, we seek after. Conversely, which we associate psychological pain or negativity with, we avoid. Therefore, when we assign pain to making better eating choices and exercise and pleasure to eating junk food and being lazy, we tend to follow through accordingly and gain weight. On the other hand, when we work to change the association we have in our brain to associate pleasure to healthy eating and exercise habits, we can turn around our poor habits and follow through with out weight loss plan. This interview will discuss the pain/pleasure principle, along with ideas to turn this weakness around into a strength and powerful motivator to develop healthy weight loss choices.

*If desired, you may also request a different interview focus than these 3 (within the general focus of “psychology and weight loss”).


Interview Samples

Radio Interview with E-Health Radio on Psychology, Hypnosis, and Weight Loss
Product Talk Magazine interview on The Weight Loss Mindset® Audio Hypnosis Program


Interesting Facts and Figures

*Obesity Statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

  • 2/3 of all American adults are now considered “overweight” (with a body mass index over 25.0)—nearly double the rate of 40 years ago.
  • 1/3 of all American adults are now considered “obese” (with a body mass index over 30.0)—triple the rate of 40 years ago.

*Obesity statistics from The World Health Organization (

  • Worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980.
  • 1.5 billion people around the world are overweight.
  • Obesity is preventable.

*Weight Loss Market Statistics from Worldometers Statistics (

  • Estimated money spent on formal weight loss programs in the U.S. for 2010: $105 million
  • The overall U.S. weight loss market forecast for 2010: $65 billion.
  • The general U.S. weight loss market includes the following: diet soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, health clubs, commercial diet left chains, mail order and multi-level marketing diet plans, diet books and exercise videos, children’s weight loss camps and adult residential facilities, medically supervised programs (weight loss surgery, MDs, RDs, and nutritionist-based diet plans, hospitals/clinic programs, Rx diet drugs, bariatricians, retail meal replacements and diet pills, low-calorie dinner entrees low-carb foods).

*Hypnosis Highlighted as an Effective Weight Loss Option in Major Media

*Hypnosis for Weight Loss Shown Effective in Large Research Study

  • A meta-analysis study reviewed 31 previous research studies testing 13 different alternative weight loss resources. Their conclusion: hypnosis was the only reliable and safe resource found to promote effective and consistent weight loss as a legitimate complement to diet and exercise.
  • The remaining 12 resources not demonstrating effective weight loss included various popular dietary supplements, homeopathy, and acupuncture/acupressure.
  • Source: Pittler, M.H., & Ernst, E. (2005). Complementary therapies for reducing body weight: A systematic review. International Journal of Obesity, 29, 1030-1038.

Dr. Gilchrist’s Relevant Credentials

*1997-Present: Psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and families, with presenting issues including obesity/weight loss, body dysmorphic disorder/body image, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating (

*2001-Present: Regular graduate-level clinical hypnosis seminar trainings, most with world-renown hypnosis expert and trainer, Dr. Michael Yapko (

*2001-Present: Clinical hypnotherapist in private practice with a specialty in hypnosis for weight loss and eating disorders (

*2002: California License as a Marriage & Family Therapist, #MFC39159 ($LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=39159&P_LTE_ID=720)

*2003 Doctor of Psychology degree from The California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego (Website)

*2004: California License as a Clinical Psychologist, #PSY19726 ($LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=19726&P_LTE_ID=725)

*2004: Clinical Hypnosis Certification from The American Board of Hypnosis, #H18668

*2005: Created “The Non-Smoker’s Edge” hypnosis for smoking cessation audio program (

*2006: Created “Managing Stress and Anxiety” hypnosis for stress and anxiety management audio program (

2006-2007: Created “The Weight Loss Mindset” comprehensive hypnosis for weight loss audio program (

2006-Present: Blog on the psychology of weight loss (

2007-Present: Numerous written articles and audio interviews relating to the psychology of weight loss and hypnosis for various media outlets.

2010-Present: Regular article writer for Weight Loss Tips online magazine on the psychology of weight loss (