Holistic Therapy & Hypnotherapy

Delray Holistic Therapy

Delray Beach, FL

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Dr. David L. Ransen provides compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy, family therapy, couples and marriage counseling, and FL Board Certified hypnotherapy. There are no diagnoses, no drugs, no tests, and no talk of "disorders." Instead, Dr. Ransen offers brief solution-focused therapy that helps you solve the most challenging of life's problems in a matter of weeks, and powerful hypnotherapy that works wonders in a single session.

Dr. Ransen knows that mental illness is quite rare, and that problems in living are quite common. Problems don't need cures or drugs -- they need solutions. Delray Holistic Therapy is the place for solutions.

Dr. Ransen is dual degreed as a psychologist from Cornell University and a marriage and family therapist from Nova SE University. He has 34 years of experience and 12 years of postgraduate training. That's more than most brain surgeons.

Dr. Ransen is a Florida Board Certified Hypnotherapist, and he can empower you to let go of smoking, excess weight, eating disorders, anxieties, panic attacks, fears, and unwanted habits in just a single session. He can even empower you to let go of chronic or repetitive pain or discomfort, in cases where no medical cause has been clearly identified.

Unlike with most therapists, just a few weeks are required -- even fewer when hypnotherapy is indicated. On the average, individuals and couples get exactly what they hoped for in 2 to 5 weeks. No one has ever needed more than 7 weeks. When hypnotherapy is indicated, only one consultation and one hypnotherapy session are required.

Yes, that's literally true. Most people are skeptical at first, but they change their minds very quickly. Just a few weeks. Really.


75 NE 5th Ave., L
Delray Beach, FL 33483

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  • 5/5 stars May 2, 2014

    Just wanted to touch base with you to say thank you for your help.
    As you may recall, I came to you with a nasty three and a half packs plus a day cigarette habit. Thats more than SEVENTY cigarettes a day.

    Your two step process of interview and the actual hypnotherapy session is though, complete and effective.

    How effective? Well, that's why I'm writing you.

    Today is my one year anniversary of being cigarette free. Now I'm the worst kind of smoker there is.... An EX SMOKER.

    I thank you, my wife thanks you and my dogs thank you.

    Best wishes,


    P.S. Please feel free to post, and pass this on to anyone who may benefit from your ministrations.

  • 5/5 stars March 14, 2014

    I have had a problem with sweets for my whole life. I was binge eating, sneaking sweets and just having a terrible time. I felt helpless and found Dr. Ransen. I was reluctant but was at the end of my rope so I had hypnotherapy on January 30, 2014 and I have not had a sweet since. It has been almost 3 months now and I have no cravings or desires. I love it!! Dr. Ransen did a wonderful job and I tell everyone I know how great it has worked for me.

  • 5/5 stars February 21, 2014

    I've never had an experience like I just did with Dr. Ransen. My husband and I have seen quite a number of marriage therapists over our 43 years together. This one initial session with Dr. Ransen helped us more as a couple, and me as an individual,than months and months of past sessions with other therapists.

  • 5/5 stars February 19, 2014

    Outstanding results! The hypnotherapy was a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone looking for help with hard to kick habit.

  • 5/5 stars July 10, 2013

    My husband and I went to see Dr. Ransen after not knowing for years what to do about the issues in our couple.
    We also were stuck with another psychologist who kept dragging her feet and basically did nothing to help us but take our money gladly year after year. Beware!
    We saw Dr. Ransen three times! And in these short sessions, he was able to pinpoint our problems, and basically showed us the way to resolve them.
    We liked his dynamic approach, as well as his honesty. I had yet to see a psychologist who turns off the clock when he is asking some background questions! It was a first!
    He also saw our daughter ONCE who was suffering from anxiety attacks. She used to wake up terrified that she would experience them during the day. It became so bad that she was afraid to lose her job.
    I have no clue what happened during the time they spent together but since then, she has gotten rid of these attacks, and when she feels that they are coming, she is able to manage them. It was a lifesaver for her.
    When I reviewed the comments of other patients Dr. Ransen had on his site, I was hopeful but suspicious as it is my nature. But I felt I had not other choice.
    And I am glad we did see him. It was a life changing experience. My husband and I since have found a way back to what we never were before. A new us, where harmony, love and care is now part of our daily life.
    After considering divorce for years, we are now looking forward to a great future together. Was it that simple? Yes!

  • 5/5 stars March 27, 2013

    I had a really amazing experience with Dr. Ransen! I have been chewing tobacco for 14 years and after 1 session with Dr. Ransen my nicotine addiction is completely gone! I am a type A personality that had little faith in hypnotherapy but after a solid 2 hour session I no longer feel the need to chew tobacco. You absolutely have to be willing to quit and the first couple days were tough but I am at week two and completely over my nicotine addiction.

  • 5/5 stars October 15, 2012

    I was very hesitant to go to "therapy" and was nearly forced to do so. It was the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Ransen made me feel comfortable and my fiance and I were able to to speak freely and resolve some of our issues. He gave us an experiment to try which basically saved our relationship. We will continue to go see him whenever the need arises.

  • 5/5 stars September 17, 2012

    Dr. Ransen is extremely helpful and treats in a way that gets positive results- fast! I have been through years of therapy in the past and spent thousands of dollars seeking answers and working towards relief. Dr. Ransen works like not other therapist - he seeks solutions to issues rather than dredging up painful memories which keep the pain alive. I am very happy to have his guidance and use the tools which he taught me so I can be happy and healthy daily basis.

  • 5/5 stars May 15, 2011

    Very highly recommended. We were skeptical about the "brief therapy" thing, because our problems went back a long time. But it really worked for us, just as Dr. Ransen promised. After just 5 sessions, we felt almost like newlyweds again. The best part is that we just don't fight anymore, and it's been almost 8 months since our sessions. I feel like I'm seeing a whole new side of my husband, and I love it. We are very grateful. He has checked up on us twice since our counseling sessions, so it seems like he really cares how we're doing.

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  • Although not the largest component of my practice, hypnotherapy has grown to 35 percent of my work. I invest a great amount of time in each case, and the results have far exceeded my expectations. I now meet for 1 hour to learn as much as possible about each patient's goals, then schedule a 2-hour session for hypnotherapy. In the interim, I create a 25-page "script" that I will use to guide me during hypnotherapy -- for each patient, and to be used only one time. In the vast majority of cases, people have achieved their goal after just one hypnotherapy session. And yes, I keep in touch with them for up to a year, just to be sure that the results are permanent.

    No, I'm not a super-genius hypnotherapist. I credit the excellent results to having two separate meetings, to spending hours preparing for each hypnotherapy session, and to spending much longer doing the hypnotherapy itself than other hypnotherapists do. I am among the very few in Florida who are officially Board Certified by the State of Florida in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Beware of others who call themselves "certified." This can mean anything. You can get "certified" by send $150 to a P.O. box. Board Certification is very different, requiring tough training, evaluation, and testing by State-appointed instructors. Please take a few extra minutes to check credentials before deciding whom to see. You will be glad you did.

    For the record, more than half of my patients continue to be married or unmarried couples seeking to repair their relationships and eliminate problems permanently. Of course, I always welcome individuals also, but not if they come to discuss relationship problems. Relationship problems require the presence of both partners. Individuals are welcome to address individual problems or goals.
    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

  • I've been swamped by requests for hypnotherapy, and my clients have been extremely happy with the outcomes. Moreover, many problems have been solved in just one session, including smoking cessation for long-time smokers. That's the good news. The bad news is that I've discovered that I need to block off at least 2 hours for a session, and I've had to raise the fee to $275. Judging by my clients' reactions, it's well worth it!
    Nov 19, 2011 at 2:45 am

  • Now offering up to 4 hypnotherapy sessions per week. Great for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress relief, anxiety, and much more. Please ask for hypnotherapy in advance, because we'll need at least 90 minutes. Fee is just $200.
    Oct 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. About two-thirds of my clients are couples who know that something has gone amiss in their relationships.

I also help many individuals, either with powerful solution focused therapy or with amazingly effective hypnotherapy. Ready to quit smoking? One hypnotherapy session is enough.

Regardless of method, the goal is always the same -- quick and enduring solutions.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Truly, the best answer is that I witness miracles in my office almost every week. After all these years, I am still amazed and delighted by these outcomes. My clients, of course, feel even more strongly, because their lives are literally turned around almost overnight. Their futures change from scary to exciting.

You can learn more from the clients themselves. Just browse my website for the testimonials page. Every testimonial is an exact quote from a real person in this area.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. At least 90 percent of people who visit therapists are not mentally ill, do not need a cure, and have no need for drugs.

At Delray Holistic Therapy, we understand that you came for help in solving problems that happen in life. Problems need solutions, not dangerous & habit-forming drugs, and Delray Holistic Therapy is the place for solutions.

Therapy & counseling are not medical specialties. I don't look for illnesses, and I don't attempt to "cure" you. If problems that trouble you vanish permanently, then I have done my job.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. No secrets here. Just common sense solutions to life's problems. Once problems have been solved, people can't help but feeling happy.

In my case, I have little interest in your past diagnoses, nor will you get another one from me. I am much more interested in what's right with you than what's wrong with you. Once I know that, I can easily show you how to create solutions using your existing gifts and skills.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. How much training & experience have you had? 34 yrs. Former professor at Cornell, Tulane, Princeton, and Harvard Medical School.

How long will therapy take? 1 to 7 sessions, usually 2 to 5.

What if it doesn't work? It almost always works. If it doesn't work as you wanted it to within a few sessions, then I will not accept any more of your money, because that would be a sign that I misunderstood your goals. If, after your first hour, you state that it was a waste of your time, then there will be no charge. Not one penny. I'm not aware of anyone else who offers such a guarantee.

Hypnotherapy: is done in two parts: a 75-minute consultation, then a 2-hour hypnotherapy session about a week later. In between, I prepare for your session for at least two hours by writing an individualized, 25-page script just for you, and which I'll never use again. I am Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy by the State of Florida.

Beware of those who describe themselves as "certified hypnotists." There is only one official Board of Certification in Florida. I was trained, evaluated, tested and certified by experts appointed by the Florida Board, and I have a State-issued certificate to prove it.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. The more thought you have given to why you have come, the more quickly and effectively we can progress. This applies especially to couples.

Still, sometimes people just don't feel right. It won't take long to figure out what's bothering you.

Don't be fooled by low per-session fees when shopping around. After all, the total cost to you is what really counts. My per-session fee is higher than average, but since we'll need just a few sessions, your total cost is always much lower that it would be with traditional therapists or counselors. That's a promise, not an estimate.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. 1. No dredging up your past.

2. No useless, drawn-out, and very expensive analysis of your problem(s) or your past.

3. Expect success in 2 to 5 weeks. Occasionally fewer, sometimes as many as 7. Never longer.

4. My work is not about lengthy and expensive analysis and the search for profound insights. Expect practical solutions that begin to work immediately after your first visit, and make problems disappear indefinitely, whether or not you or I fully understand their root causes. Perhaps that sounds odd, but I'll prove it works.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. There is rarely any doubt about my efficacy in helping people to find life solutions. I am not 100% successful, but every case presents another opportunity for me to learn something important, and I grow steadily more effective, even after 34 years.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Q: I'm having problems in my relationship or marriage. May I see you alone first?
A: No. Both members of the couple must visit me together, right from the start.

Clients often ask what's wrong with them. ADHD? OCD? Bipolar Disorder? The list is endless.

My answer? I don't even use words like that. I am most interested in what's RIGHT with my clients, so I can empower them to use those gifts to solve current problems.

My aim is to help you create solutions, not to diagnose or analyze your problems, which wouldn't help you in the least. Quick, permanent solutions are what people want most of all. I don't disappoint them.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I see miracles occur at least once a week in my office. It is impossible to describe how rewarding this is, or to single out one case in particular.

Read the unedited testimonials on my website for recent examples.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I don't diagnose. I don't ever use psycho-babble. I look for your strengths, not your problems. I show you how to deploy those strengths to create solutions that are life-changing.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Not an unusual story. It all began with just one brilliant and inspiring professor in college in the early 1970's. Once hooked, the rest flowed naturally.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. Recently I was seeing a client who had very bad sleep apnea. So bad, that he was too exhausted during the daytime to leave his house, and was on disability. He had visited three national sleep labs, and endured four surgeries, all to no avail.

I cured him completely in just five weeks of therapy. Today he walks, shops, goes to movies and restaurants with his wife daily. Soon he will be able to go back to work if he chooses to. The boon to his self-esteem and to his marriage is impossible to describe.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I spend hours every week, reading a dozen authoritative journals in my field and related fields. I was trained at Cornell as a research scientist before I became a therapist, so this comes very naturally to me.

Reading about the most current research in therapy & counseling is the only way to remain up-to-date with recent advancements worldwide. Nowhere in the world are there developments newer than what I do now.

It is a rare day when I don't learn something very important from my clients.

I correspond with Master Therapists weekly, all over the world.

Finally, I take Continuing Education courses almost every year.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. If you have seen -- or are seeing a therapist who expects you to come weekly for months, then your therapist is old-fashioned, and your investment of time and money is far too great.

I empower my clients to build permanent solutions in just a few weeks, not months or years. That's a promise. I don't waste your time and money dredging up ancient history or analyzing your problems to death. Instead, we work on solutions from day one.

One hour spent creating solutions is worth 20 hours analyzing problems. Think about that.

During the past few years, I have especially appreciated the new findings by brain scientists that support ideas that I have believed for years as a clinician working with real people and real problems. Science is catching up with the intuitions that good therapists have had for years.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Although I can't afford to offer discounts to most people, I do have a guarantee that is almost unheard of. If, after the first hour, you declare that it was a total waste of time, then there will be no charge. Not one penny.

I know of no other therapists who offer such a guarantee.

I also help some desperate homeless families for free, every month.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. This is very hard work. Be extremely dedicated, or find another profession. There are many easier ways to earn a living. The worst thing one could do is to be a mediocre therapist. However, the non-monetary rewards are fantastic, if you are willing to stay up to date with progress in the field by doing a great deal of reading, and never to become complacent. Resting on one's laurels is just not an option.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I have witnessed extraordinary progress among couples who wanted so much to repair damaged relationships, but didn't know how. I am especially pleased that this normally requires just a few weeks of counseling, not months or years.

In more recent years, I have been delighted to witness the amazing and steadily improving outcomes of hypnotherapy for so many problems, especially since I earned Board Certification from the State of Florida.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I've enjoyed outstanding success ever since I became Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy by the State of Florida. It's been very exciting to discover the very wide range of problems that can be quickly and painlessly solved using hypnotherapy. It seems as if there is always something new that can benefit from hypnotherapy.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. In which "disorders" do you specialize?

I never diagnose people, nor do I seek to cure them. Therapists who give you diagnoses you probably don't even understand, assume that there is something wrong with you, and they try to fix you.

I am not interested in what's wrong with you -- I want to know what's RIGHT with you. Once I know that, I have the key to helping you to build solutions using your existing strengths, gifts, and skills. This takes just weeks -- not months or years. That's a promise.

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