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How Hypnotherapy Can Stop Thumb Sucking In Children in 20 Minutes

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 29, 2014 4:00:00 AM

I recently met two sweet sisters who sincerely wanted to stop sucking their thumbs (actually it was their fingers rather than thumb that they constantly had in their mouths). The girls were wearing braces but still could not stop the behavior.

Their single mother was also highly motivated to have the girls stop sucking their thumgs since she was the one who had to pay for their braces.

I told the single mother about Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and how it works. I told her I could help the girls eliminate thumb suck behavior.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, hypnosis

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Model Teaches about Containment

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 1, 2014 9:39:00 AM

What does the word containment mean? How does it apply to me as a therapist or group leader? Or parent or spouse? What are the tools that I have available to provide containment for myself, my clients, and my family members?

Proper Container

Think of milk: it is essential to a baby’s development. Without milk, the baby’s bones would break and the growing child could not walk or participate in many of life’s opportunities. Without a proper container, the milk would just spill all over and the wonderful nutrients would be wasted. This is the same for our human energy.  Energy is a powerful force which, when uncontained, spills all over everyone in the vicinity and can contaminate our personal interactions.  Similarly, water is a very powerful force and when contained by a dam, provides electricity for the world to use productively, yet when uncontained can become a destructive tsunami or flood.

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy certification and training, hypnotherapy best practices, hypnosis

Can Hypnotherapy Separate Success and Failure for Trauma Survivors?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Apr 18, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Does an unhappy childhood necessarily mean that you must suffer for the rest of your life?  Some people such as Oprah Winfrey and others have taken their difficult beginnings and used them as stepping stones to success. Others seem to just continue to be pulled down by shame, fear and depression as their lives catapult into one disappointment after another. Many folks with abusive childhoods end up either in the criminal justice system, the mental health system, or the welfare line. What is the difference and how can I, as a therapist, change the unhealthy patterns into stepping stones to success for myself and my clients?

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, anxiety therapy, depression therapy

How Do I Prepare A Client For Hypnotherapy?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 27, 2014 11:01:00 AM

The Cleveland Clinic’s Integrative Medicine Clinic introduces Hypnotherapy in this way.

“Holistic psychotherapy utilizes traditional and non-traditional therapies of holistic healing with the purpose of creating an integration of the mind, body and spirit. The idea combines a broad range of different holistic approaches to help the patient reach the deepest level of healing possible.

Traditional Talk Therapy

Holistic psychotherapy services include traditional talk psychotherapy and non-traditional therapies including hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy/regression therapy, creative art therapy, breath therapy, rebirthing breath and guided imagery. Holistic psychotherapy is only delivered by a licensed clinician  who has a certification in Advanced Clinical hypnotherapy”

“Traditional talk therapy is used for patients not yet ready for non-traditional therapies. This approach includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, developmental, educational and family systems therapies that utilize a  perspective to match the individual needs of the patient. These therapies mainly involve discussions and mainly address the 10% of the mind that is the conscious.” So one might ask, “How effective can a therapy be if it only engages 10 % of my mind?

How do we determine if a client is not yet ready for hypnosis?

  1. This may be their first therapeutic experience and they need to learn to trust and feel safe
  2. They may have been “scared” by someone else, usually someone who is not truly educated about the benefits of hypnotherapy.
  3. They may belong to a religion who has misinformed them about hypnotherapy

How do we move them from talk therapy into hypnotherapy?

  1. Educate them about how hypnotherapy could benefit them
  2. Educate them about the conscious mind (10 %) and the sub-conscious mind (90 %)
  3. Address their fears, one by one
  4. If they are open to it, begin very slowly and teach them self-hypnosis

Mind-Body-Spirit Therapies


“Non-traditional therapies are based on a variety of traditions, which tap into different levels of mind-body-spirit healing. These therapies involve energy work, elements from different traditions of healing as well as from the field of transpersonal psychology. All therapies have a strong spiritual component, which utilizes different levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness.”

  • “Hypnosis is a beginning treatment intervention that induces the client into a relaxed state. The clinician then provides post-hypnotic suggestion for relief from symptoms or for self improvement. A trance is a natural occurring state, so anyone can be hypnotized. Only a light to medium state of hypnotic trance is necessary for effective therapy.
  • Heart-centered hypnotherapy or regression therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is placed in a hypnotic, altered state of consciousness for the purpose of re-working or re-framing unhealthy, addictive behaviors,  dysfunctional relationship patterns  and disease in the body. This process can allow for deep healing to take place because of the energetic and emotional release and the profound level of insight  and healing that can be attained.”

Once the client gets a clear understanding about how the conscious mind works, and in comparison, all the dynamic information contained in the sub-conscious mind, they usually are excited to explore. We often explain this phenomenon like the comparison between the old fashioned typewriters (talk therapies) and the modern computers (hypnotherapy and other holistic psychotherapies). The old typewriters have no memory capabilities which, just like talk therapies, only addresses what is seen on surface. Computers, as we all know, contain a vast amount of information which connects infinitely to all other resources. This is the beauty and dynamic healing capabilities of hypnotherapy. And so it is no surprise that cutting edge Integrative Medical Clinics like The Cleveland Clinic have seen the great healing capabilities of hypnotherapy.

Perhaps you would like to add hypnotherapy to your skills and make yourself elegible to be employed in the field of Integrative Medicine.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy certification and training, hypnotherapy best practices, hypnotherapy practice

Hypnotherapy: The Grand Bargain that Allows Spring to Replace Winter

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM

On March 20 this year we celebrate the Spring Equinox. In the rhythm of the seasons, there are two points in the cycle where light and dark are equal – the spring and autumn equinox. These are the occasions for special festivals that celebrate the polarities of life, from ancient times until today. On the Spring Equinox day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices

Four Ways Hypnotherapy Can Help Caregivers

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Many people find themselves in situations where they do not want to put elderly or disabled parents into nursing homes, or where they do not or cannot afford to get outside care for special needs children or family members.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, relationship therapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Resourcing and Reparenting with Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Mar 5, 2014 11:52:00 AM

When clients are dealing with shock, we work with them to create a situation in the present that supports them in exploring their shock in a “peeling the onion” approach, going back in time from the most recent shock to earlier experiences, and providing appropriate treatment for each situation. In the hypnotherapy as well as the psychodrama and breathwork, the first most important part of treatment for shock is resourcing. We always do that at the beginning of the session.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices

The Art of Clean Language in Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Jan 23, 2014 6:55:00 AM

In hypnotherapy we directly access the client’s unconscious, and the words he/she uses to communicate their experience are precise and personally deeply meaningful to the client. We always want to use the client’s exact words, not substituting “angry” when they say “pissed” or “alone” when they say “lonely”. Our language conveys interpretation and suggestion, and we want to avoid either one.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices

Are You Feeling Bored, Frustrated, Unable to Really Help Clients?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Jan 16, 2014 8:05:00 AM

How Hypnotherapy Puts Zest Back into Helping People

Therapists, like yourself, sit hour after hour, day after day, week after week, listening to clients who go over and over their problems and why they can’t change. You offer suggestions and they play the “Yes, But Game” telling you why that wouldn’t work. Clients do need to tell their stories, but it’s not the events in their story that are the problem; it is when the story becomes a never-ending repetitive pattern like a mouse on a mouse wheel. The client becomes stuck in this pattern, often clinging to their story as some type of badge of honor. We as therapists may want to ask ourselves, in continuing to listen to their stories, are we contributing to maintaining their repetitive patterns. Eugene Gendlin has done research showing that when we continue to think and talk about a problem, we are actually drawing the same lines heavier, rather than inspiring the painting of a new picture.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, hypnotherapy practice

How Does Hypnotherapy Enhance Jungian Psychology?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Dec 4, 2013 8:29:00 AM

From Jungian Psychology we have been introduced to the concepts of shadow parts. These shadow parts are actually hidden parts of our personality, hidden, that is to us, but certainly not to our friends, family and co-workers. Shadow parts are akin to the blind spot in our rear view mirror. Even though the car passing to our left side is nearly upon us, we can not see it. Examples of personal blind spots or shadow parts may be having the self concept that we are a loving kind mother, wife and friend and then losing control and lashing out at those closest to us. Then later on, acting as if nothing has happened. It’s like the car we don’t see in the rear view mirror until they are suddenly in front of us and we continue on our journey, as if we had seen them all the time.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices