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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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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

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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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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White Paper – Karma: The Evolutionary Path of Our Souls

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Nov 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Accessing Metaconsciousness

Many people have interpreted karma as an “eye for an eye” and have come to see karma as punishment. I have often heard people say, “I must have done something really bad in a past life to deserve this.” But that is not really how it works. The concept of karma should not be used to make us feel guilty or shame us. It is simply a natural encounter with the consequences of our previous behavior:

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New Guide: Six Common Hypnotherapy (Training) Myths, Debunked. [Announcement]

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Jul 26, 2016 11:30:00 AM

This article is just a friendly heads up that we just released a brand new guide about six of the most common hypnotherapy myths, which we've debunked. Here are a couple of passages from the guide:

As a professional therapist, you’re probably familiar with the concept of hypnotherapy. You are aware that it is a widespread practice that claims to provide many benefits. And you’re probably hesitant to incorporate this into your clinical tool box. 

That’s because most people—therapists, as well as their clients—do not really understand hypnotherapy. They don’t know what’s involved with the therapy or the training.

Many people associate hypnotherapy with limited applications, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. While it’s true that hypnotherapy has a strong track record in these areas, there are many other issues and ailments that have been remedied with this type of treatment. Hypnotherapy has a documented and clinically-proven record of success.

Studies have revealed that the subconscious represents 90 percent of the brain’s non-reflexive functioning. Thus traditional therapy, merely talking to the client, uses only 10 percent of the therapist’s tools. Why not use everything at your disposal?










Hypnotherapy has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Many of the major founders of modern psychotherapy, including Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, used hypnosis in their research It has been supported by the British Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the British Psychological Society.

It’s a legitimate treatment option. Hypnotherapy is a means to expand your healing powers and quickly address client issues that might otherwise take years.

It can also be an opportunity to transition into a more rewarding and lucrative career, to establish your own private practice, or offer specialized treatment. If you still have reservations about hypnotherapy training, read on. We’ll examine six of the most common misconceptions about this type of treatment.








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Six Common Hypnotherapy Myths, Debunked.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy certification and training

Using Hypnotherapy to Turn Off the Stress Switch?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

We all have a stress switch in our nervous system and in our brain. Sometimes I think of it as the “trickster” within. The good news: hypnotherapy can help you treat stress. Let’s begin to find what activates this switch and what can turn it off.

We have all been taught to do relaxation exercises, mindfulness training, meditation and physical exercise to reduce stress. This does work at different times for different people and in varying situations. But what about those times when it doesn’t work?

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Topics: Hypnotherapy and Stress, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Treating OCD with Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Feb 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unbidden obsessive thoughts and/or compulsory physical activities that are experienced as dysfunctional. Some OCD conditions are clearly genetic; research has demonstrated the significant role played by heredity. Some OCD conditions can be explained by certain information-processing deficits and/or biases; neuroimaging studies have revealed neural pathway disturbances. But the majority of OCD conditions are attributable to emotional and developmental causes.

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Topics: All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat, OCD

Three Ways to Make Your Holiday Shindigs Especially Inspiring, Not Scary

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Dec 23, 2015 3:55:41 PM

Many of us here at the Wellness Institute are the therapists and healers in our own networks. Since we play that role, we often get this question:

"how can I bring something meaningful to change previously unhealthy holiday get-togethers?"

It's an important question. The holiday season can be an inspiring time of the year that fills our communities and families with happiness, and I look forward to it every year. The parties, the family get-togethers, the sharing, the spirit of love and care that permeates myself and those around me.

But long ago I noticed, as I'm sure many of you have also, that family and work get-togethers can be fraught with anxiety and self-consciousness; especially when gift-giving is a part of it. People become concerned about how to afford gifts, who to buy for, how much to spend, and worrying that their gifts will seem "small" or "less meaningful" at gift swap parties where other people can be more extravagant.

If you think this is a problem in your own holiday times (even if it's not a problem for you, it may be a problem for your less affluent family/peers), then here are some alternate ideas for those parties to make sure everyone has a great experience that's filled with joy and not fraught with anxiety.

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What Pixar's Inside Out Teaches Us About the Brain and Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Jul 8, 2015 11:27:00 AM


For every therapist we train and certify in hypnotherapyI always insist that the parents of their children clients be involved and experience the hypnotherapy as well. This is because most issues that children have, of course, begin in the family they are born into and continue in the families they live with. 

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy