Wellness Institute Blog

The Top 10 Benefits that Will Make Hypnotherapy Training Worth Your Time and Effort

Posted by David Hartman  Jun 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether your career feels like it’s in a rut or you wish you could treat patients more fully, a hypnotherapy course at the Wellness Institute can help. How do we know? We’ve graduated thousands of students in over 20 countries. We offer training in hypnotherapy and advanced degrees in transpersonal psychology.

Our students say courses have transformed their patients’ lives as well as their own. Not sure you’re ready to join us? Here are the top 10 hypnotherapy training benefits.

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy certification and training

Do you think you're an empath? Fill out this checklist.

Posted by David Hartman  Jun 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Here are 30 of the most common traits. To see if you are an empath, check the ones that apply to you. A score of over 15 means you have a high probability of being an empathy.

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Are You an Empath?

Posted by David Hartman  Jun 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Are there some days when you come home and feel more exhausted than usual? Are there some clients (or even family members) who, during or after being in their presence, you feel sick, exhausted or even pains in certain parts of your body?

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The 10 Documents That Every Therapist Needs in Their Office

Posted by David Hartman  Jun 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

All therapists need to keep accurate, up-to-date records in their office. Records are important in coordinating care and referring and terminating patients. Accurate records can also protect you in case of patient disputes and malpractice accusations.

Keep in mind that no matter if they’re paper or electronic, all your records must comply with HIPAA regulations and state laws. Keep physical records in locked cabinets and take precautions (such as virus software) to protect digital records.

If you’re just starting out in private practice, here are 10 documents you should keep when treating new or existing patients.

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Topics: Therapist Advice

Learn About: The Victim Triangle

Posted by Sarah Dickey  May 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Imagine it, you’ve saved up for an amazing once in a lifetime vacation.  You have been dreaming about this since you were a little kid.  You’ve always struggled with your weight, but as you are committed to planning your vacation, you decide you need to make a few changes.  You resolve that your eating habits need to be reined in so that you feel more confident as you venture off to paradise.  For most of your life you have struggled in relationship to food, so as your trip approaches, you do what you have always done. 

You begin feeling yourself out of control as you shift into victim mode.  And then you get the brilliant idea to rescue yourself by prescribing a new and improved crash diet to help you lose the extra pounds you want to lose.  As your vacation draws closer, you begin to persecute yourself as you aren’t seeing the results you had hoped for.  20 pounds in two weeks, come on, they promised if you followed it you would lose the weight.  You berate yourself to the point of becoming a helpless victim again.  And so, this insidious cycle continues. 

This is a prime example of the Victim Triangle playing out in everyday life.  The Victim Triangle is an ultimate display of a lack of personal power.  As Diane Zimberoff shares, “The victim triangle is the basis for codependent dysfunctional families and for addictions.”  Most research shows that these dysfunctional patterns are learned in childhood. 

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7 Treatment Methodologies that All Therapists Should Consider

Posted by David Hartman  May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Therapy isn’t just about talking anymore. From altering subconscious states to tracking eye movements to getting up to dance, there are countless nontraditional methods that can successfully improve a client’s emotional and physical health. Here are 7 alternative treatment methodologies that all therapists should consider.

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Topics: Therapist Advice

The Wellness Institute Provides the Best Hypnotherapy Training in Florida

Posted by Sarah Dickey  May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you find that your clients are resistant to the treatment methods you are currently offering?

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Topics: hypnotherapy certification and training

The Locomotive and the Caboose -- Which Are You?

Posted by David Hartman  Apr 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

So I’m thinking about how easy it is sometimes for some of us to become myopic, to narrow the focus of awareness down to something that is attention grabbing and emotion inducing, probably either bright and shiny or a gruesomely fascinating wreck on the side of the road.

But it's only part of the big picture. And to get lost in detail is to miss the rest.

Something that has become useful to me as a reminder or a map of how to see a bigger picture is research that some folks at Harvard have been doing over the years. William Torbert and some others. And what their research is showing is that, in general, at any one point in time a person has approximately 50 percent of our energy, awareness, or mastery focused on our present condition. What we know, and  who we know. And who we experience ourselves to be in this here now time in our life.

So if approximately 50 percent of me is here, where is the other half of my attention and energy?

What their research shows is that about 25 percent of us is trailing behind, dragging its feet. You know: “I don't want to.” “I can't.” “Never done it before.” “I tried it once and it didn't work.”

And 25 percent of us is out there ahead, kind of scouting, looking for any new opportunities.

So the way that I envision this is a train. And there's a very nice Pullman car and it's got a dining facility and a nice berth for sleeping. You can live comfortably in this car. And then there is a caboose on the train. It's kind of bringing up the rear.

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5 Traits of Every Good Life Coach: A Parable

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Apr 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Once upon a time, there was a very successful businessman named Jason.  He had amassed an incredible fortune.  He had all the worldly treasures that anyone would ever want.  He had the picture-perfect family.  He dressed impeccably, he traveled to far off lands, he shook hands with amazing individuals, but all the while he was miserable.  He loathed his demanding schedule and somewhere along the way he had lost his passion for life.  He admired others who had mastered their inner fire; who fanned the flames of possibilities in their lives.  At this point in his career he had become a robot, a servant to the necessity of living rather than the joys of life.   He was restless in these days of his life.    

As he was walking down the street one day, a younger man approached him and handed him a business card.  “Sir, I couldn’t help but notice you weren’t smiling, and I always think we have lots to smile about.  Don’t you?” 

Jason couldn’t help but snicker.  As he looked down at the card it said GROW Coaching and as he flipped over the back of the card he saw the man’s contact information Patrick Smith, Transpersonal Life Coach.  His tag line read, “What is your dream for this lifetime?” 

Jason stuffed Patrick’s card into his pocket and continued walking down the street to his meeting.  As he sat in his business meeting he was distracted by his most recent encounter.  Who was this man who had randomly bumped into him on the street, but more importantly why was he thinking about him?  He leaned into the curiosity he felt and chuckled. 

Jason went on about his life and about two months later as he was walking down the street he again randomly bumped into Patrick.  Patrick met him with an incredible smile.  “Good to see you again Jason.  I wondered when I would run into you again!”

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Topics: Life Coaching

Four Reasons Why Transpersonal Work Is Best Accomplished in a Group

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We can achieve deep healing in individual sessions or within a group. How do they compare? Here are four distinctions from our experience with both. 

  1. In an individual therapy session there is often a lot of transference and countertransference. In the past, before managed care, many therapists spent years analyzing the transference. In other words, he/she was using the client’s projections and dream symbols to be able to see the shadow parts of the client. Here are two problems with that approach:

    • The first is that just talking about this deeper unconscious material does bring it to awareness, but does not resolve it. These shadow parts and complexes reside in the depths of the unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is a major tool that we prefer that takes the client into those depths in a way that is self-directed and involves little intervention on the part of the therapist. Countertransference is significantly bypassed.
    • Often the therapist is doing as much projecting as the client is. In other words, many therapists are not doing their own personal transformational work, which means not working through their own shadow parts.

  2. What a therapist knows about a client is mostly what he/she experiences in the office: a very unnatural and limited environment. No wonder Freudian and Jungian analysis took twenty years, with the client attending sessions multiple times per week! The only interactions the therapist observes are the ones he/she has personally with the client. In Jungian terms, in the office the client presents their persona or their out front personality. So, the therapist knows only one side of the story, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships. What the client reports is brought in by the superficial persona or by a shadow part’s one-sided report.
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