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Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt

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How Much Does Hypnotherapy Training Cost?

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  Jun 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

There are literally hundreds of training programs for therapists who want to add hypnotherapy to their practices, and the costs and quality vary widely. You can find courses that are taught by solo practitioners over the internet (these are usually cheaper, but obviously less effective), you can find courses taught by private colleges (these are usually expensive), and everything in between. It is important to know what you’re looking for, and what you’ll get for your financial investment.

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Hypnotherapy Isn’t Just for Weight Loss or Smoking Cessation!

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  May 31, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Yes, hypnotherapy is very effective in helping people lose weight and quit smoking—but it is also a valuable tool in treating almost any issue a client will bring in to your office.

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Does Hypnotherapy Cause You to “Lose Control?”

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  May 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM


If only I had a dollar for every time someone joked about me making them cluck like a chicken. When you tell people you’re a hypnotherapist, it’s common to hear uninformed comments like these. People fear hypnotherapy will make them lose control.

The truth is, hypnosis does not override free will. In a hypnotherapy session, clients are conscious; they are awake, participating, and remembering.

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Topics: hypnotherapy

Healing for the Healers: 10 Stories That Show How Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Changes Lives

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  May 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Most counselors and therapists undergo professional training to become more effective working with clients, add new modalities and techniques to their toolboxes, accrue clock hours/CEUs, and comply with ethical codes and licensure requirements. But those who train at The Wellness Institute get an additional benefit. Not only do they gain a valuable and life-changing technique to use with their clients, but they get the chance to be the client.

Learning Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is a hands-on process. Doing your own personal healing work is part of the training.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy practice

Hypnotherapy is More Mainstream Than You Think

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  May 12, 2016 10:15:00 AM

The world is catching on to how effective hypnotherapy can be for treating an astounding range of medical and mental health conditions.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are now recognized as valuable tools in the medical field, expanding previous ideas about whole-patient care. Hypnotherapy is being used to help the patient orient toward healing, and create a positive outlook and intention. Hospitals and medical centers all over the country now have integrative medicine clinics, such as Stanford Health Care in California, Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, and Mercy Hospitals in Missouri. Many include hypnosis in their comprehensive programs for pain management (like Swedish Medical Center), surgical care, and cancer treatment. Additionally, many medical schools now include courses on medical hypnosis.

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Topics: hypnotherapy

Soul Retrieval and Recovery in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  May 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Soul retrieval has been an integral piece of shamanic practice for centuries, and at its root, it involves the recovery of lost parts of the self. Traditionally, soul retrievals have been done by highly trained shamans, working with the subtle energies of the client as they lie in a light trance state. Often, clients have no conscious awareness that they’ve experienced soul loss; instead, they seek out alternative treatment and spiritual therapies as a way to heal from depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, or other pervasive issues. It is generally a passive process for the client, requiring only their consent and desire to heal.

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The Five Symptoms of PTSD and How Hypnotherapy Helps

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  Apr 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The many troubling symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder are broken down into these DSM-V diagnostic categories: Exposure, Intrusion, Avoidance, Alteration, and Arousal.  Hypnotherapy is highly effective in the treatment of PTSD because it goes right to the root of these symptoms.

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The NUMBER ONE Reason to Try Hypnotherapy in 2016

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  Jan 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Have you been wondering how to become a hypnotherapist, but not sure if it's worth your precious time? If you’re like me, you’re a therapist who is always looking for ways to increase your effectiveness with clients. But how do you know what is truly effective? And more importantly, how do you decide what training to invest in?

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Topics: hypnotherapy

What’s the Best Way to Treat Depression: Medication, Psychotherapy, or Hypnotherapy?

Posted by Cassie Salewske, LMHC ACHt  Dec 1, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans every year suffers from depression, whether it’s brought on by a loss, life transition, or traumatic event; or caused by a chemical imbalance. As a professional therapist, it’s likely that many of your clients suffer from some form of depression and just as likely you’re in search of the most effective way to treat them, allowing them to move past their depression and on with their lives

Most therapists treat depression with medication, psychotherapy, or—most often—a combination of the two. While research has shown that a combination of medication and psychotherapy can be effective, some therapists feel these treatments don’t go deep enough.

Depression has a movement and cycle all its own, often described as a downward spiral. There are emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms that all become reinforced through the client’s negative self-talk and negative core beliefs. While popular treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy show reasonable success rates by focusing on the examination of conscious thoughts and behaviors, there is little done to address the source of the beliefs themselves. Similarly, antidepressant medications can provide significant relief of the most severe depressive symptoms, but they do not address the underlying causes. Hypnotherapy does. 

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