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Wellness Institute Blog

What is Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® is used worldwide as a powerful therapeutic and energetic healing modality. 

How Does Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy differ from other hypnotherapy methods?

Heart-Centered-Hypnotherapy® approaches therapy from a deeply caring and dynamically healing perspective. Our highly trained therapists and practitioners embrace the concepts of self-determination and the belief that every client contains, deeply within their own subconscious mind, the key to their own individual health and healing. 

Our first task as a Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® clinician is learning how to speak the language of the subconscious mind. In talk therapy or counseling sessions we have spent years communicating with the conscious mind of our abused, addicted, depressed and anxious clients. In speaking with the conscious mind of our clients, we can offer them behavioral solutions, insight, empathy and positive affirmations. We can try to help them understand their difficulties, but this method contains limitations and often does not produce long lasting changes in their emotions or behavior. It does not relieve their anxiety or depression and talking certainly is extremely limited in treating and eliminating addictive behavior.

It is mainly through learning how to access this deeply personal guidance held within each human being that Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® excels. The subconscious mind contains 90 percent of the mind and within that 90 percent is the deeply held key that unlocks the client’s individual inner guidance.

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

New Course Guide for Our Graduate School Programs

Posted by Jesse Hartman  Mar 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Announcement: we just released a new course guide for our Graduate School.

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Topics: course guides, transpersonal psychology, wellness graduate school of psychology

Anxiety: Hypnotherapy Helps and Here’s How

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

I remember being in grad school and my Abnormal Psychology professor sharing that per the Diathesis Stress model, we all have a propensity towards the vulnerabilities and stresses of daily living.  His lecture that day has been with me ever since.  In a sense, we have certain inclinations to experience bouts of sadness, anxiousness, and fearful thinking.   When we begin living from these spaces we can begin to feel the quality of our lives waning.  The energy and enthusiasm we once had for living might be discharged towards our preoccupation with the future, or anxieties about the present.  Our mind informs us that perhaps something is about to happen and we won’t be ready for it.  From a more expansive perspective, anxiety is a green light for engaging in personal work. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, Hypnotherapy for ___

What exactly is Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Feb 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is used worldwide as a powerful therapeutic and energetic healing modality.  

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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