Hypnotherapy is one of the most sought after clinical trainings in the world. And it is one of the most requested forms of treatment by patients and clients. After teaching hypnotherapy for over 30 years to tens of thousands of therapists internationally, we have discovered that therapists are very curious people. They really want to understand the mind and how it works. They want to understand why bad things happen to good people. They are driven toward self discovery and personal growth. To our amazement we have found that the majority of people entering the field of psychology want to understand human behavior and that often begins with their own.
Unlike many other forms of therapy, hypnotherapy cannot be simply taught through lectures and reading books. How to hypnotize someone, to put them into a trance possibly could be taught that way, although we certainly don’t recommend it. Most people who learn to just put someone in a trance state, then say, “Now what can I do with this powerful state of deep relaxation?”
Becoming proficient with the many uses of Hypnotherapy requires hands on, experiential training. That is how we train our therapists at The Wellness Institute. We have found that during our trainings, therapists often say that one of the most valuable aspects is what they learned about themselves. Each one of our students gets to experience being the client, the therapist as well as an observer of this powerful process. Every session in which they participate is a completely unique experience with new learning, every step of the way. Of course they highly value the rapid healing they see taking place right before their eyes that they will be able to apply to their clients as well.
An example is a student who has a great deal of ambition and many creative ideas of classes she would like to teach and books she would like to write. She also would like to do some public speaking, but seems to have a deep fear of that. She gets to the point of putting all her materials together, but seems unable to enroll her classes or to get her writing to a publisher. During her session of Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, she worked with this frustrating pattern in her life. Her subconscious mind took her back to just after she was born where she became aware of the shame her mother felt about her birth. It seems that she was the product of a secret affair that her mother was having with a very fair skinned, blond haired, blue eyed man. She was born with this light coloring even though her mother and her supposed father were both dark skinned with dark hair and dark eyes.
Each time her supposed father saw the baby, our client, he was furious and was reminded of the affair his wife was having while they were trying to get pregnant. And each time this happened, the mother of our client felt shame and guilt about the existence of her illegitimate child. This completely explained to our client her pattern of hiding and not wanting to be seen. It helped her to understand why she kept procrastinating the completion of any project that would make her more publically visible.
She was subsequently much more able to bring her ideas forward, enroll her classes and even do some public speaking. It was now okay for her to be seen. She was very grateful for what she had unexpectedly discovered about herself in the process of learning the exciting new professional skill of Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy.