Meet Dr. Steven Gurgevich, PhD

Dr. Steven Gurgevich, with wife Jody and 2-year-old daughter Elise in tow, traveled from Gary, Indiana, to Tucson, Arizona, in 1969, with graduate school and a teaching job lighting the way. After working his way through Purdue University in local steel mills and gas stations, a nice clean teaching job sounded like heaven. So did the 80-degree winter temperatures.

Dr. G completed graduate school at the University of Arizona with two master’s degrees, a doctorate and lots of teaching experience. He established his private practice, Behavioral Medicine, Ltd., in 1973, specializing in mind-body medicine, specifically clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy. But Dr. G’s interest in things hypnotic began long before he even thought about college.

A 15-year-old Steven stopped to watch a radio broadcast one day on his way home from school. Separated from the on-air DJ by a glass partition, he was drawn to one of the guests, a hypnotist sporting a Vandyke beard and a long black cape. The hypnotist was telling the DJ how he could hypnotize anyone. Then, with a dramatic sweep of his hand, and a glaring stare of his penetrating eyes, he pointed at Steven and said, “I could even hypnotize HIM.” With that, the now very startled teenager ran all the way home. His curiosity led him to the library, where he checked out several books on hypnosis, including “Medical Hypnosis” by Lewis Wolberg, MD. He soon learned that hypnosis could help rid his fear of injections and allow him to have dental procedures without anesthesia. Later, he would add more achievements to his hypnotic repertoire.

In 1984, his wife Jody was diagnosed with scleroderma, a debilitating autoimmune disease. A rheumatologist told her she had only two years to live. The couple knew that eventually Jody would be disabled, so traveling became an important ingredient in their lives, with trips to Austria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Switzerland, Tahiti and Hawaii. Outliving her prognosis by well over a decade, Jody made her transition in 1996, just three months after she “walked” down the aisle at her beloved Elise’s wedding.

Dr. G’s professional life is diverse. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, where he teaches mind-body medicine to physicians at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is a Fellow, Approved Consultant, and faculty member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He also has memberships in the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and state and local clinical hypnosis organizations. His private practice in Tucson, Behavioral Medicine, Ltd, begins its 42nd year in 2015 and continues to provide Dr. G with valuable clinical experience. He lectures nationally and writes for professional journals and magazines to help further the growing awareness and understanding of this ancient healing art, clinical hypnosis. Among his many published works is “The Self-Hypnosis Home Study Course”, a comprehensive 16-CD course which encapsulates the essence of mind-body healing and makes it understandable and applicable for everyone. Now, his website “Healing with Hypnosis” (formerly “Tranceformation Works!”) becomes the newest member of the psychologist’s extended professional “family.” He has been selling his 50+ audio titles worldwide since 1998. His latest book is Hypnosis House Call which includes a 2-hour DVD. View Dr. G’s 42 years worth of professional credentials.

Dr_G_Joy_GDr. G’s personal life now includes his lovely and gifted wife, Joy. They married on August 4, 2000. In addition to practicing together at Behavioral Medicine, Ltd, they also work together at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. They live near Sabino Canyon Park, in the Coronado National Forest, where they tend to their organic garden and cook delicious meals together, especially enjoying chili colorado, curries, and vegetarian cuisine. You can read more about Joy and her 'Joy of Food & Yoga' at her website Joy converted the kitchen in to her teaching lab and the 'Arizona room' in to her yoga studio. Their children include Dr. G’s daughter, Elise Gurgevich, PhD, son-in-law Donald Butts, and grandson, Demetri, and Joy’s children, Matt Shaughnessy and daughter-in-law, Connie, and grandsons Christian and Luca; Brennan Shaughnessy and daughter-in-law, Becki; Meghann Shaughnessy Anthony (yes, the tennis professional -now retired) and son-in-law Nick Anthony, and grandson, Blake; and Maeve Shaughnessy Wood and son-in-law Weston Wood.

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Remembrance… Always With Us

This website was born of a creative partnership with Lotus Perez.  Lotus passed over on January 7, 1999, unexpectedly. She was widely respected as an accomplished and brilliant editor/writer. And she was a wonderful friend. Lotus is greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
She remains here with us in Spirit… and in our hearts always. Dr G

Steven Gurgevich PhD