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Five Ways to Treat Depression with Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Sep 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Depression is often a reaction to a distressing or traumatic event. The people and situations who are associated with the traumatic event in our lives are referred to as traumatic triggers. 

An example is someone reporting, “I never was depressed before my father (mother, child, spouse, best friend) died.”  After a loved one passes on, the individual often has to deal with their belongings including their home, or now has to take on their responsibilities. Any of these can become traumatic triggers. If the person or family member who has lost the loved one does not have time to fully grieve the loss, and to process unfinished feelings about the person, depression may set in almost immediately. Other traumatic triggers include losing a job, divorce, or financial reversals such as bankruptcy or home foreclosure.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, depression therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Can Hypnotherapy Help in Treating a Child with Phobias?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Children and teenagers love hypnosis. Why, you may ask. The reason is threefold:

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Topics: All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

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

Shock Is Both Protective and Destructive: The Hamster Wheel Cycle

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  May 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The shock state can be either protective or destructive, depending on several variables.

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How Do Successful People Become Successful?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  May 13, 2015 1:00:00 PM

I hear over and over people having lots of plans, hopes and dreams but somehow that doesn’t seem to translate into success for them. Why not and how can this be changed?

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How do you overcome the existential issue that involves resistance to life?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  May 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

To heal resistance to life,  first one needs to become aware that it is an issue for you.

We have given you a beginning introduction to existential issues and specifically the one called resistance to life, one of the most prevalent. You are probably wondering how you can heal this and that certainly is not an easy answer.

As we have mentioned, in order to explore the complexities of the deep unconscious, it is required that you have the proper tools in your tool box. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy (HCH) would be like the importance of having the latest computer in order to store the vast amounts of information and then to find the relevant files easily. Attempting to use only the limited conscious mind is akin to using the old typewriter to search for files that just can’t be stored there. Expecting talk therapy to help you discover your existential issues would be like searching through mounds and mounds of old papers from your whole life/existence that have been stored up in the attic.

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