Women In Wellness: “Remove all negative people out of your life” With Dr. Capri Cruz

The first life style tweak is to remove all negative people and elements out of your life. Yes, that is possible! It may not feel like it immediately because it requires a new mindset, but once a person recognizes their personal value and the value of their time, they can easily identify who is and […]

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The first life style tweak is to remove all negative people and elements out of your life. Yes, that is possible! It may not feel like it immediately because it requires a new mindset, but once a person recognizes their personal value and the value of their time, they can easily identify who is and isn’t in alignment with their desired destiny. And if you can’t completely remove the person, distance yourself from them or view them with a new perspective.

As part of my series about health and wellness leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Capri Cruz. Dr. Cruz a speaker, author, international psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, life coach, and retired U.S. Navy veteran who holds a PhD and a masters degree in Professional Counseling, a bachelors in Behavior Social Science, and a degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is trained in Neurolinguistc Programming and has been studying the human mind and human behavior for the last 20 years in order understand and fix her own life after experiencing decades of traumatic abuse and dysfunction in the foster care system and thereafter. Feeling completely powerless and not knowing how to change her miserable life situation, fate would have it that her last domestic abuse encounter would awaken part of her mind that had never previously been activated. Dr. Cruz subsequently took to pen and paper to author her first book From Foster Care to FABULOUS: An Imperative Movement to share how she healed herself and went on to change the path of her future. From Foster Care to FABULOUS: An Imperative Movement became the flag-ship for her non-profit organization, Fostering Hearts and Homes, a 501(c)(3) , which provides personal growth literacy for foster children and housing for homeless foster care alumni. Her philanthropic work gained Congressional acknowledgement, and she continues to reach out to DFCS in hopes to assist other foster children heal their lives. Six years after her first book, Dr. Cruz took to pen and paper again to record her exponential evolution in Maximize Your Super Powers Vol. 1, where she revealed certain super powers accessible to everyone who wants to experience incredible transformation and success. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Cruz currently attends to over 200 clients a week in a psychiatric hospital educating her patients on the benefits of releasing old emotions, adopting healthier perspectives, and reprogramming their subconscious mind to create new life results. Her therapeutic premise being that energy flows where focus goes. Dr. Cruz’s journey has landed her on the cover of People You Need to Know magazine and Focus on Women Magazine, featured in Oprah Magazine, Thrive Global, Mantra Wellness, and Business Innovator Magazine, as well as interviewed by CBS. Dr. Cruz is a New York City native where she initially became homeless and now is a proud resident of Hollywood, California where she continues to create her American dream.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I grew up in foster care and endured a life of dysfunction for many years. As a young adult, I could never quite put my finger on what exactly was going wrong. Overtime I realized I lacked awareness, wisdom, and basic life knoweldge because those who were suppose help develop my mind had never been taught how develop their own minds. Thankfully, I had been seeking God throughout my young adulthood, and in my early 30s, I was exposed to personal growth and development books, both of which catapulted the dynamic change in my life after my “conscious awakening”. Thereafter, I learned how to become a solution-focused person while studying to become a psychotherapist, which allowed me to approach life choices in a healthy, proactive manner instead of from a trauma-mind. My journey has been a very interesting one and today I’m in alignment with my life’s calling. I’m a hypnotherapist who helps others make the necessary subconscious changes needed to improve their mental health and reduce life stressors allowing for better decision-making in their own lives.

Can you share an interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

One day after having an amazing session with my hypnotherapist, I asked her how I, too, could become a hypnotherapist. She vehemently recommended HMI, a school in California as the absolute best! At the time, I had no intention on moving to CA but four years later, I was led to CA and immediately enrolled in the school. Ironically, I unknowingly moved 20 minutes from the school and it was a straight shot off the highway from my house. Since enrolling, I have helped countless people deprogram and reprogram their subconscious minds in order to live healthier, happier lives.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

In retrospect, the funniest mistake I ever made was ever thinking I would be “ready” for the next shift I needed to make to advance in life. Most of us are never really “ready”. Yes, you absolutely should prepare but at some point you just gotta “do it” whether you’re ready or not. “Just do it” also happens to be the best advise I ever received.

Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?

Absolutely, I’m always working on something new and exciting! Currently, I’m creating a training program called The 7 Steps to Achieving Your Ultimate Goals, which will be available at I learned a long time ago that if you can gain access to the blueprint of the thing you want to achieve, you don’t have to recreate the wheel. I’m now in the business of sharing blueprints so people can save themselves a lot of time and heartache.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My brother was the first person who introduced me to personal growth and development books. During that journey, I came across Jim Rohn whom I affectionately call the Father of Success. Through his books and videos, he taught me the fundamentals to “thinking and living smartly”, a skill my parents were supposed to teach me but weren’t able to.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?

The first life style tweak is to remove all negative people and elements out of your life. Yes, that is possible! It may not feel like it immediately because it requires a new mindset, but once a person recognizes their personal value and the value of their time, they can easily identify who is and isn’t in alignment with their desired destiny. And if you can’t completely remove the person, distance yourself from them or view them with a new perspective.

The second life style tweak is to renew your mind daily. I am a huge fan of automobile university! I listen to at least two podcasts every morning to prime my mind toward the results I want to achieve and then I listen to at least one in the evening. This technique allows me to tap into the minds of the most brilliant people that I probably will never personally meet but can still gain insight from their brilliant teachings.

The third is to meditate at least 10 minutes a day before getting out of bed. Again, I prime my mind toward the results I’m looking to gain in life. This programs me on an energetic level to supersede any negativity I may encounter throughout the day.

Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?

So many, but specifically The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Dr. Robert Anthony. Prior to reading that book I only knew I wanted to change my life, but didn’t know how. After reading it, my creative faculities exploded. I listed an abundance of ideas on my white board that I wanted to accomplish, and one day I asked myself, “What is the one thing I can do that will supersede all other options”. This was the impetus of my first book From Foster Care to FABULOUS: An Imperative Movement, and my life completely changed after that.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

I would start an educational movement about hypnosis! I work with over 200 psychiatric and chemically dependent patients a week and they’re all suffering from the pain of past experiences and memories, which is not much different from the 450,000 foster children in our nation, or the other 7 billion people walking the earth. Our suffering is in our minds. If they could learn how to release their thoughts and emotional pain, and instead, recreate new imagined desired experiences to focus on while accessing the theta brainwave state with the post-hypnotic suggestions of a hypnotherapist, they could turn their stress and trauma into freedom and power.

Self-hypnosis is also useful in many cases.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I take every opportunity I can to teach others all that I have learned. To go from a child who was abandoned by her entire family and who suffered grave abuse in and out of the foster care system to now being a hypnotherapist who helps reprogram people’s minds, I can confidently say I have learned a couple of absolutely freeing truths about life. One truth is that the life we live reflects our thoughts and beliefs, so if I can teach people how to recreate their thoughts in order to create new beliefs through hypnosis then, in essence, I help to reduce world suffering.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

  1. Life is a journey and with every choice you make, you are creating your “future self”. Figure out who you want to be in 3–5 years and triple down on that.
  2. You can’t see the picture when you’re inside the frame. This is a Les Brown quote that means we can’t see the changes that need to be made in the same way that someone outside of our circumstance can.
  3. Read at least one personal growth book a month. I have learned more from personal growth books than anything else in my life combined.
  4. Don’t let your feelings override your vision. I spent many years unsuccessfully trying to fill my emotional voids by seeking external sources such as being loved and accepted by people, when in fact, the fulfillment I needed came from the spiritual journey I endeavored as I pursued my vision. As they say, “it’s an inside job”.
  5. Learn everything you can about the brain; it’s the organ that controls everything about you and your life.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?

“Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”, from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

It would definitely be Lisa Nichols, the founder of Motivating the Masses. I have learned that being around like-minded people is absolutely necessary to evolve and she represents that next level of evolution for my future. She is the sister I never had, my energetically aligned mentor who speaks my language, and is an overall amazing human being who has overcome so much just like I have. Heart-centeredness is the magnetism that I most appreciate about her.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

IG and FB: @DrCapriCruz

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