At the Heart of the Matter
As we approach Valentine’s Day, we have heightened awareness of the “heart” and all things heart-related. Also, for us at Wholeness Healing Center, we are very much aware of the celebration of our life and work, entering into our 20th year! Our motto is “Heart-Centered Wellness for Life, and I would like to make this a personal article about what that has meant for me as a therapist and how we have integrated some therapeutic practices to move that motto into reality.
Therapists, by their very nature, focus on feelings, and the more genuine and real the expression, the more “open” we see the heart to be. Because of early childhood experiences, people often are hesitant, reluctant, or even resistant to expressing those feelings, but holding them in becomes harmful and sometimes even impossible. So as therapists, we create safety to express those feelings, thus guiding the client into acceptance, change, growth, and even self-love.
Many modalities are used in our three offices and the therapists at WHC have varied and eclectic trainings, all of which help to make us more rounded, as we match the needs of the clients to specific therapists. In searching for specific modalities, in 2010, I decided I wanted to learn hypnosis, as much of my reading showed significant benefits with that modality, with the brain component but also the heart component. I chose a training offered by the Wellness Institute of Issaquah, WA and have been continuing that training ever since.
The modality I have learned and continue to use is actually called “Heart-centered hypnotherapy”, which “addresses body, mind and spirit”, leading “clients down their own profoundly exciting road to self-discovery and healing”. (Wellness Institute) The process has proven to be highly beneficial to all clients, and it is actually an interactive process where the client’s subconscious returns to the point of trauma. Healing is then initiated, with the client committing to changes they decide upon. This modality heightens awareness of feelings, empowers clients to express those feelings, helps to stimulate change in the conscious, as well as encouraging greater connection with the spiritual powers. It actually has been a great addition to our practice, as it is so aligned with our mission at WHC.
Since my initial training, I have continued the certification, with ongoing trainings, including the advanced training of Internship, PTI Leadership, and Mentors. The advanced trainings have helped me become more aware and conscious of ways to guide clients, as well as having provided me opportunities to continue my own growth. Continuing my work has aided me to be able to hold space for my clients, as well as to trust that they will get what they need from the process, when they are ready. I have found that I can use the hypnotherapy modality, with much greater effectiveness, with almost all of my clients. I have found that they heal much quicker, and that their healing is on a deeper level, as their empowerment increases and they truly move into their awareness. I have been honored to be a witness to the impactful healing. The modality moves much quicker, requiring less time in therapy, and with a much higher success rate, allowing people to move through their trauma, identifying their unhealthy patterns, and freeing them from behaviors that have been toxic or unhealthy in some manner.
The popularity of hypnotherapy has grown, and as it has been so successful in our practice, we now have four trained hypnotherapists. In addition to using hypnotherapy in our daily practice, we also offer Trim Life, a program about weight loss and healthy living, using hypnotherapy to identify the emotional triggers of food addiction. We also offer Clean Break, a smoking cessation program designed to use hypnosis to treat tobacco addictions. In what I call “marriage of the minds”, in addition to the 10% conscious mind, clients also become more adept at accessing the 90% subconscious mind, giving them greater power over their thinking, thus changing their behaviors. With the increased power, they then can “step into” using their voice, sharing the feelings from the heart.
As we enter into our 20th year, our focus is still on the client, on the person, on the dignity of each human soul to be loved, providing the safe place for the heart to heal. As our hearts connect with yours, we continue to be committed to “Heart-Centered Wellness for Life”.Tags: at the heart of the matter, heart-centered hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor
Advanced Clinical HypnoTherapist
- Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.
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