Life, especially for therapists and their clients, can be a lot like walking a tightrope. There are always opposites that need to be reconciled, both in a person’s life as well as within a person’s consciousness.
Some of these include fear and courage, certainty and uncertainty, assertiveness and passivity, as well as open-mindedness and closed-mindedness. Ideally, we learn to walk the middle road between any pair of opposites. Expressing just one side is bound to lead to a lack of balance, social awkwardness, and potentially, mental distress.
Helping others to see how they can pursue the path that incorporates a little bit of both poles is a part of every mental health professional’s work. And, as we attempt to bring people to some sort of middle ground, we note that part of this work is dealing with the tension involved in the process.
If people take time to allow themselves to be imaginative, are they neglecting their conventional duties? If they are assertive in asking a spouse, a friend, or co-worker to consider their feelings, are they risking rejection? In an article titled How to Hold the Tension Between Opposites, Gary Z. McGee offers approaches for easing this sense of unease.
His suggestions include:
- Learn how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable
- Integrate fear
- Embrace paradox
- Re-imagine imagination
Bringing opposites together by taking these suggestions sounds easy, but for many, it might present what seem like insurmountable challenges. How can someone who suffers from trauma get comfortable with the uncomfortable or integrate fear when it means being triggered by upsetting memories? How can a person trapped in the self-imposed prison of perfectionism embrace paradox? How can a person make time to re-imagine imagination when negative thinking, depression, or anxiety prevent them from even taking a moment to “think outside the box?”
Most of the conditions that make it difficult for clients to cope, such as anxiety, phobias, perfectionism, and lack of flexibility, come from deeply rooted beliefs that were planted in unconscious memory at the time of a traumatic experience. Therapists need to do quite a bit of work to get the client to even begin to approach revealing or discussing such distressing memories in regular sessions.
Hypnotherapy provides a fast way of getting to those unconscious memories. By allowing clients to enter a state that facilitates communication with the subconscious and unconscious parts of the memory, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ helps them to identify the source of their unwanted behaviors, often in only a few sessions.
Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ as it is taught at The Wellness Institute, helps the client identify the reasons for faulty beliefs, release the related emotions, and replace old beliefs and behaviors with positive, life-affirming ones. Clients can then take the revelations they have in hypnotherapy sessions into their regular sessions, accelerating their progress and helping them to live more balanced lives.
Healing takes place quickly and deeply. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ is much more than behavioral modification. It is a complete healing of emotional wounds that permits people to be free of the effects of these wounds in their current lives.
Similarly, Transpersonal Coaching works with people who may have already completed therapy, or who don’t necessarily need to look into the past in order to create a better way of looking at their lives. Transpersonal Coaches encourage clients to exercise their right to create and to have the lives that they want, based on their core values.
Through exercises that allow them to establish communication with the highest parts of consciousness, clients connect with imagination in order to identify what they want and what they need, and to visualize how they will bring it about in real life. Transpersonal coaching is accomplished with a mix of light trance work and conventional coaching practices, such as setting goals and objectives and giving the client a person to hold them accountable for doing the work needed to accomplish those aims.
Transpersonal Coaches can use hypnosis and hypnotherapy in their work, as well. This way of helping people is very popular with therapists who want to work with clients as they make progress beyond therapy. It also makes it possible to work with people who don’t need therapy, as previously mentioned.
Before you can use Hypnotherapy or Transpersonal Coaching in your practice, however, you will need training. Fortunately, at the Wellness Institute, that part is easy!
Although both of these ways of helping clients are highly effective and powerful, getting training in them isn’t difficult or overly time consuming. The Wellness Institute offers
The Six Day Hypnotherapy and Training Program, which allows you to learn Hypnotherapy and how to apply it, plus offers opportunities to conduct and benefit from real sessions. You will get all your training in less than a week, and then complete practice sessions to achieve certification.
The Transpersonal Coaching Program has four modules consisting of weekly meetings and breakout groups. Training can be completed in a little over a year. Once you’ve gone through the program and completed your practice sessions, you will receive certification as a Transpersonal Coach.
If you’d like to simply get your feet wet by learning the basics, TWI also offers an Introduction to Hypnosis Course. This two-day program is available to unlicensed individuals as well as licensed mental health and medical professionals.
All classes are live and online, so you can experience the training from your office or home.
The Wellness Institute seeks to “heal the healers,” and this is why it is such a unique and powerful program. Although most courses are CE-eligible, that’s not the only reason why so many mental health professionals choose The Wellness Institute for their training. Because you will do your own healing as you learn how to help your clients, The Wellness Institute offers an experience you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Find your way of bringing opposites together with training at The Wellness Institute.