#162 – Tea and Empathy: Combining Acupuncture, Hypnosis and NLP


Randy Clere, Lic Ac, CH. MNLP is a licensed acupuncturist and hypnotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. He has three decades of clinical practice in the arts of acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and hypnotherapy, specializing in Japanese-style acupuncture and Zen Shiatsu. He also uses NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), Neuro-Semantics, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Self Relations therapy when working with his clients. Randy has also been involved with hospice in-patient home care since 1983. Since early in his life, Randy has practiced martial arts and meditation. He has actively been involved in personal development since the early 1970’s. Randy specializes in giving his patients personal care, empowering them to heal and introducing them to that tender place within themselves of unconditional positive regard.

Randy is also a semi-professional musician playing electric bass and Chapman Stick. He has played with Taj Mahal, Sam Weis, and Scott Cossu and many others. Beyond this, he’s an amateur chef who loves all things curry and barbecues up a feast on the weekends.

Randy is happily married to Debra and they share five lovely daughters.

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  1. deanna
    Posted July 4, 2008 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this interview, my step-dad is a fascinating person!

  2. Shauna
    Posted July 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Could a daughter be any more proud? I think not. I miss you dad 🙂

  3. Chance
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Hey Dr. Dave,
    I have commented on several other shows before but so far this is my favorite. I study and teach several martial arts (kali, mande muda harimau silat, jun fan gung fu, thai boxing, jiu jitsu, judo and other arts that jeet kune do as taught by Guro Dan Inosanto includes)

    anyway I felt I really could relate to many parts of this show and glad to know you are a martial arts enthusiast. since you enjoy martial arts and you seem to enjoy healing arts, I wanted to direct your attention to a fascinating art called Kali. in brief, Kali includes aspects of weaponry, hand to hand combat skills, but also covers healing arts . it’s about 3 am as I am writing this but I hope you get a chance to research it a little.

    your loyal Listener

  4. Susan Argyelan
    Posted July 19, 2008 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I felt so immersed in the healing and martial arts disciplines that Randy Clere described with such depth, wisdom and experience, that my consumption of seaweed salad, seaweed soup, bean sprouts, and kimchi skyrocketed!

    Randy’s way of talking about the unfurling tea leaves while he generously shares tea with his patients was particularly delightful. He subtly and skillfully conveys empathy and makes use of hypnosis, but in addition, the word “unfurl” might also encourage the patient to release not only tension and physical discomfort, but to “unfurl” the energy knots of emotional negativity as well.

    A really outstanding interview, Dr. Dave, and I am so happy to learn that Jo is enjoying transcribing this material as much as I am!

    Sayonara for now,


  5. Martyn
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested in knowing more about how Randy combines acupuncture with hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming. This was a great interview … as long as it was the first of many. I can think of so many things I’d like to ask Randy. What an interesting fellow. Does he actually use acupuncture needles when he’s doing hypnotherapy? Does it work? What sorts of challenges has he faced? Are there issues that respond more to this combination of modalities than one or the other alone? Are there times when these are contra-indicated? I would like to hear more from Randy. I’m also interested in how his martial arts and meditation practices have colored his use of neurolinguistic programming. More, please! Thanks for this interview. Oh – BBQ sure sounds good!

  6. Dr P.T.Sunderam
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I am 52 from india. after listening to Randy Clere, i see al ot of parrallels in my biogaraphy. i also did pretty odd things before i settled down as a leadning NLP Practitioner of India. hellping my loving clients.
    Randy is my soul mate.
    i did sujo k accupuncture. hypnotherapy tai chi, EFT, TLT Silva mind control and NLP with richard bandler. and i am firm beliver of Alternative medicine. i worked with prisioners In india
    Thanks Dr Dave for linking my soul mate from west to east

  7. Tonya
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Dr Dave,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your interview with Randy. I hope you have him on your show again!


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