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Does Hypnotherapy Work? Yes! Read the Stories.

Posted by Jesse Hartman  Feb 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

“Does hypnotherapy work?” is one of the top questions we’re asked here at the Wellness Institute. Some of those who ask have been misled by myths or misconceptions about hypnotherapy. Others simply don’t have all the information they need to reach that conclusion.

Despite our more than 30 years’ educational experience, we’ve always found that those who have experienced firsthand the benefits of hypnotherapy can best answer this question.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few client success stories that offer their own perspective on just how effective hypnotherapy can be.

Does Hypnosis Work For Weight Loss?

A CNN story centered on a woman who was 5-foot-6 and weighed 287 pounds, and underwent “hypnosis gastric bypass” under the supervision of a hypnotherapist in 2007. The “procedure” is exactly what it sounds like: essentially a visualization of the surgical process, from meeting the doctor to leaving the hospital afterward.

The hypnotherapist explains that after the visualization, “the mind believes the stomach is smaller,” and therefore the appetite is smaller, too. The patient, Julie Evans, experienced immediate results after her first session: “After her first session, Evans said she started craving spinach. By the next day, she said she was eating a quarter of what she had before.”

She began losing weight immediately, and with ongoing commitment to hypnotherapy, continued to lose weight and keep it off. After two years, she reached her goal weight of 150 pounds (nearly half her original body weight). She has maintained this weight for more than three years — and has reclaimed the life she felt her additional weight was holding her back from.

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Tips for Therapists to Protect Themselves from the Negative Energy of Others

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Before performing any Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, subtle energy work, spirit contact, trance work, meditation and before and during sessions with each individual client, it's always important to protect yourself. This is especially important with clients who feel toxic and who have had a lot of trauma in their lives. Also important if you are determined to be an empath.

Since not everyone visualizes, kinesthetic and auditory people may use specific music that creates the feeling of warmth, safety and physical protection.

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Want to Become A Life Coach? Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Feb 2, 2017 1:31:12 PM

Are you thinking about getting certified in life coaching?

Life Coaching is all about taking clarified action.  The field of life coaching asks its participants to thoughtfully engage in new paradigms of thinking.  It encourages and stimulates powerful language, innovative visualization, identification of shadow parts of self, and so many other life changing competencies.  If you are interested in becoming a Life Coach this year, then perhaps it’s time to sit down and devote a bit of your time to asking the rich questions of this profession.  You can spend a lifetime learning, but why not make this the year that you act on your passion to become a life coach. 

If you're considering becoming a life coach, but still aren't sure, these five questions should help:

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Topics: Life Coaching, Life Coaching Certification

[New Guide] Introduction to Our Transpersonal Life Coaching Program

Posted by David Hartman  Jan 19, 2017 1:15:00 PM

We just published a new course guide for our Transpersonal Life Coaching Certification.

The goal of this certification program? To help you to help your clients master their lives and themselves.

In this 60-hour online distance learning class, you will learn how to help your clients reach their highest potential through transpersonal life coaching, a field exploding in client demand.

To better help you understand the ins and outs of our program, we've put together a course guide for you. Through reading it, you will:

  • Be introduced to our life coaching program.
  • Understand the distinct differences between therapy and life coaching.
  • Know which types of people are ideal fits for the coaching program (and if that includes you.)
  • See the pre-requisites for taking the course.
  • Read about the learning objectives and components of the program. 
  • Meet your instructors: two of our top teachers here at the institute, including our founder.

Want to download the guide? Click here to access it.

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Topics: Life Coaching, Life Coaching Certification

Does Hypnotherapy Work? The American Medical Association (and More) Say “Yes.”

Posted by Jesse Hartman  Jan 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

One of the top questions we’re asked at The Wellness Institute is, “Does hypnotherapy work?” With more than 30 years’ educational experience offering hypnotherapy training to masters- and PhD-level students, we know it does.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Many world-renowned medical and psychological organizations have endorsed hypnotherapy again and again as a credible, effective treatment. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through today, the chorus of supporters for this heart-centered therapy continues to grow.

Here’s what some of those associations are saying.

British Medical Association

The British Medical Association was among the first professional organizations to investigate hypnotherapy as a potential treatment. In 1892 (you heard that right...1892!), the association released the findings of a committee of nine doctors who had performed experiments involving hypnosis. That committee found that hypnotism “is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments.”

But despite their endorsement, medical professionals continued to dismiss hypnosis until the mid-20th century. Despite the use of hypnosis in comedy stage shows, clinical hypnosis was quietly becoming more and more commonly used behind closed doors by medical and psychological professionals.

In 1955, the BMA’s Psychological Medicine Group convened to ask itself the same question: “Does hypnotherapy work?” And once again, the 1892 committee findings were confirmed.

Two years later, their final paper was published in the British Medical Journal, one of the United Kingdom’s most established publications for the medical field. They published a paper titled “The Medical Use of Hypnotism” in June 1957, whose introduction read as follows:

If there is a future for an objectively oriented training in psychotherapy, hypnosis might well play a useful though by no means exclusive part. … It is on the whole a method which leaves few scars and makes no fundamental change in the personality that would not have occurred in the course of individual development. In responsible hands it is a safe method of treatment which can be combined with others and seems rarely to prejudice their use later in other hands.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy: Six Common Myths and Misconceptions

Posted by Jesse Hartman  Jan 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As a professional therapist, you’ve likely encountered misconceptions about even the most traditional of your therapeutic methods. You have probably also received objections from prospective patients as to whether therapy is a legitimate treatment for what ails them.

Many therapists we speak to are skeptical about the merits of hypnotherapy — after all, it’s easy to form misconceptions about a practice most closely associated with the subject quacking like a duck upon the hypnotist snapping his fingers.

Here, we tackle six common myths and misconceptions about hypnotherapy and work to debunk them based on our experience, research, and our development of our Heart-Centered Therapy curriculum.

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Topics: hypnotherapy

Top 10 Reasons to Become A Life Coach

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As you sit with Gandhi’s words, allow them to resonate within you.  Allow them to echo off the walls of your current life and then invite them into the life that you have imagined for yourself.  Perhaps you have been dreaming of becoming a life coach?  Where do you begin in this journey and what are the benefits for your life both personally and professionally?  As you peer into this opportunity, perhaps embody the audacious nature of authoring your personal story? 

In this story you are the main character and key elements are in place to help your dreams unfold.  Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Reasons for Becoming a Life Coach.  Get ready for your life to be animated in amazing ways. 

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Topics: Life Coaching

[Free Ebook] Jung and Hypnotherapy: Building Blocks for Bigger Breakthroughs

Posted by David Hartman  Dec 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Ever wondered what Jung thought about hypnotherapy?

Carl Jung’s work has played a significant role in the development of depth psychology and transformational psychotherapy, including hypnotherapy. Over time, his work, in addition to that of other well-known psychologists from all over the world, forms the basis for the Wellness Institute’s Heart- Centered Hypnotherapy curriculum.

In our members-only journal, we covered Jung and Hypnotherapy. Today, you get those articles for free! We've packaged all six articles into one easy-to-read eBook

We hope you find his contributions to the field of transpersonal therapy and hypnotherapy enlightening.

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Topics: Jung

How to Become A Life Coach

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Dec 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Perhaps you have a deep seated desire to transition from the field of psychotherapy into the field of coaching.  Maybe you’ve been working at a job that pays the bills and you’re ready to dive into your passion of growing people’s dreams.  Perhaps you have been waiting for a sign suggesting that it is the right time to take the big leap. Well here you go my friends.  Maybe you are interested in shifting the focus and expanding the vision in your own life, so that you can help others do the same? 

In our current society so many folks are calling themselves life coaches.  But how do they do this?  These coaches reach across spectrums and assist individuals in accomplishing monetary, business, and personal goals.  Some of the commonly recognized public figures are Tony Robbins, who reminds his clients and students that “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” Martha Beck, who echoes, “Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.”  John Maxwell, Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Harv Ecker and so many others.  These recognizable figures have truly glamorized the field of Life Coaching, but how can you wave the wand in your life to become one?

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Topics: Life Coaching, Life Coaching Certification

Life Coaching - Fact vs. Fiction (Common Myths)

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Dec 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Any great individual, be they a storyteller, architect, doctor, professional, creative genius, author, teacher, or student of life all have one thing in common- they/we have continually created and recreated themselves.  From the blueprints of self, we have transformed, sharpened skills, created exaction, blossomed from uncertainty, and grown from our sense of curiosity.  We all have within us the ability to create our most profoundly amazing life. 

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Topics: Life Coaching