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Our Founders

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Diane Zimberoff

Diane Zimberoff, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, specializing in trauma resolution and the use of altered states of consciousness for healing and spiritual growth. For over twenty five years she has trained mental health professionals in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, a highly effective and unique clinical model.
David Hartman

David Hartman, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker, specializing in trauma resolution and the use of altered states of consciousness for healing and spiritual growth. For twenty years he has trained mental health professionals in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, a highly effective and unique model, throughout the United States and in Kuwait, Taiwan, Mexico, South Africa and Denmark.

Wellness Instructors

Susan Estep, M.S., M.S.

Professional Counselor in private practice in Bend, OR for 25 years specializing in facilitating healing for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, grief and loss, women's issues; individuals, couples, groups.

Anne Cowardin- PhD, ACHT

"Anne has been a counseling psychologist in Colorado since 2001, who found the Wellness Institute in 2006 and never looked back!  After 20 years in university counseling centers, today, she continues in the private practice of therapy as well as enjoying supervision, training and teaching for Wellness Institute Students."

Kelly Bearer-MA, ACHT

Kelly Bearer, MA, ACHT is an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, and a Psychology Professor at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She began her Wellness journey in 2015 and now teaches the Six-Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification as well as the Two-Year Advanced Clinical Internship. She offers Online Group Supervision and Subtle Energy training to assist Wellness graduates to advance and deepen their hypnotherapy skills.

Jennifer Morris-LCSW-C, ACHT

Jennifer Morris created the “Heart of Healing”, a transformational psychotherapy practice that alchemizes challenging personal histories into growth opportunities. Jennifer moves trauma and shame into self love and acceptance, embracing authenticity and all parts of ones self.  Jennifer provides virtual psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, EMDR, Sex Therapy and Non-ordinary states of consciousness groups to those living in Maryland and Florida! 

Presently, Jennifer Morris, LCSW-C, ACHt and Francesca Richardson, LCSW-C, PHD, ACHt provide Online Trim Life, Heart Centered Hypnotherapy Supervision Groups and Non-ordinary States of Consciousness Healing Groups.

Francesca Richardson-PhD, LCSW-C, ACHT

Dr. Richardson is a psychoanalyst, heart-centered hypnotherapist and researcher. For 30 over years, she has helped people in individual and group settings to release problematic personal patterns so they can align with their soul’s purpose. 

Lori Austein, JD, CCT

Lori Austein left the field of law to teach and to become a trainer in The Way of Council, a deep listening practice that creates a field for personal and collective healing. She began training with The Wellness Institute in 2010 and is a Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist and Transpersonal Life Coach. She has taught PTI’s, and has assisted an Internship and five PTI-L’s, as well as a monthly Supervision Group for therapists. She is Co-Director of Circles of Resilience and the Bereavement Coordinator for Cowichan Hospice. It is in community that we heal and she seeks to foster healing spaces for people to do their deepest heart-centered work.

Judi Vitale,  CTC, CA, ACHT

Judi’s immersion in the work of The Wellness Institute goes pretty deep! She has earned a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling from the Institute, which required an intensive study of helping others to heal through heart-centered therapies. She is a Certified Transpersonal Coach, Certified Heart-Centered Breathwork Facilitator, and a certified astrologer, in addition to being an Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist. She is dedicated to empowering students to grow in love and healing through the blossoming of their own precious heart-centers.

The Wellness Team


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Role: Wellness Specialist

I have been with the Wellness Institute for over 16 years. I truly enjoy assisting our students and being part of their growth. In my spare time I enjoy supporting our Veterans, reading and spending time with family, friends and my dogs.



Chris Melcer
Role: Office Support

In an almost previous life, my attention was on software development, jogging, ballroom and Latin dancing. More recently, my focus was on my family. Most recently, since mid 2012, I have so enjoyed being a part of The Wellness Institute, which I find to be a truly amazing co.