Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

cairnHeart-Centered Hypnotherapy is an exciting and transformational technique that offers great promise in healing many mental health and physical ailments. I know through personal and professional experience, that profound change takes place in the safe, compassionate healing space created by this technique. I look forward to discussing the potential it may bring to your healing journey.

I received my Hypnotherapy Certification from the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, WA. Founded by Diane Zimberoff and David Hartman 25 years ago, they have taught and trained clinicians the world over in Diane’s breakthrough Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy approach.

A typical hypnotherapy session is 90 minutes. Generally an initial consult is done prior to a full session. This allows for a review of the history of presenting issues, an experience with induction into hypnotic trance and the development of resources to improve positive coping skills.  You are encouraged to practice enhancing these resources on your own prior to a session that involves age regression. It is common that 3-4 sessions are necessary to resolve old patterns of traumatic subconscious wounds and incorporate new coping beliefs and healthy behaviors.

Please call me you have further questions about Heart Centered Hypnotherapy.

The following excerpt is from a white paper available on the Wellness Institute’s website at www.wellness-institute.org.

Why Heart Centered Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is becoming a more and more common practice for treating some fairly prevalent health and psychological issues. Industry trends indicate that hypnotherapy techniques are being acknowledged as the most effective method for treating some of these common ailments, rather than the use of basic hypnosis, which tends to only provide a temporary solution that does not get to the root of the underlying issue. Below are treatment areas where hypnotherapy has proven to be a highly effective treatment option.


Hypnosis can be useful in modifying self-destructive compulsive or addictive behavior patterns, but usually the change is temporary unless the underlying motivation is addressed. Hypnotherapy promotes the resolution of the issues that caused the addictive behavior in the first place. Addiction to gambling, sex, alcohol or over-eating is driven by a deep unsatisfied need and an existential fear based on that unmet need: an individual may over-eat as a defense against feelings of loneliness and fear of abandonment. Through age regression hypnotherapy we can go back to the source of the person’s fear of abandonment as a lonely child of three, for example, when she was separated from her parents for extended periods of time. Healing that trauma dissolves the tremendous life-or-death feeling that attached to the experience of loneliness, and thus lessens the extent of defense she has been using to cope with it.

Hypnosis is potent in the treatment of anxiety, stress, phobias and fears because it is such a powerful anti-anxiety agent. The nervous system under hypnosis is relaxed. Hypnosis can also be useful in alleviating somatic conditions that can be causing anxiety, such as chronic pain. Of course, as with addictions, the anxiety in an individual’s current life may be the result of earlier trauma, and so hypnotherapy can be a powerful technique to resolve the trauma and relieve the anxiety.

Hypnosis is now firmly associated with the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypnotic phenomena and the symptoms of PTSD are similar. Physical trauma produces a sudden discontinuity in cognitive and emotional experience that often persists after the trauma is over. This results in symptoms such as psychogenic amnesia, intrusive reliving of the event as if it were recurring, numbing of responsiveness, and hypersensitivity to stimuli. Hypnosis is a powerful tool in the treatment of PTSD because it provides controlled access to memories that may otherwise be kept out of consciousness; it allows restructuring of intrusive memories through corrective re-experiencing of the trauma; hypnosis promotes access to somatic awareness and at the same time effective filtering of environmental stimuli. Through hypnotherapy one can go back to source traumas and resolve the interrupted nervous system reaction that is causing current PTSD symptoms.

We prefer to use the term weight release rather than weight loss, because many people avoid loss, but are willing to proactively release what no longer serves them. Weight release is usually best achieved with proper diet and adequate exercise, and hypnosis can be instrumental in motivating an individual to commit to such a healthy regimen. People who need to release excess weight usually have some self-sabotaging behavior patterns, i.e., emotional eating, such as eating to soothe loneliness or maintaining extra weight to keep from attracting attention from members of the opposite sex. Age regression hypnotherapy is a technique that allows access to these underlying hidden motivations, the secondary gains from continuing self-sabotaging behavior.


Hypnosis is now commonly used to treat medical conditions such as:
• Sleep Disorders
• Gastrointestinal Disorders (Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease)
• Dermatologic Disorders (Eczema, Herpes, Neurodermatitis, Psoriasis, Warts)
• Surgery/Anesthesiology (As an adjunct to medication, or as the sole anesthetic for surgery)
• Acute and Chronic Pain Management (back pain, cancer pain, dental anesthesia, headaches and migraines, arthritis or rheumatism)
• Burns (Hypnosis is not only effective for the pain, but also reduces inflammation and promotes healing)
• Nausea and Vomiting associated with Chemotherapy and Pregnancy
• Childbirth (At least two thirds of women have been found capable of using hypnosis as the sole analgesic for labor)