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We are now providing monthly email newsletters for ACHE members, most of which include high quality articles for hypnotherapists. For your convenience, these articles are being added to the website and are summarized below.October 2013 Article
The articles are selected by our newsletter editor, Cheryl Canfield. A Certified Hypnotherapist and Wellness Counselor since 1993, she has been an instructor at many of our International Hypnotherapy Conferences and is author of the acclaimed book, Profound Healing.
We invite all ACHE members to submit articles for consideration for publication. Please check the submission guidelines below and keep your articles coming! Together, this is one of the ways we can continue to enhance the value of our organization.
Much has been written about the function of the left and right brain and in this month's article Roberta Swartz gives a unique perspective on how to accelerate learning by utilizing right brain sensory awareness. Her examples range from working with a severely emotionally disturbed child to a woman in her fifties. Swartz demonstrates that by using sensory learning greater integration of information is achieved and information is more readily recalled when needed.
"Right Brain Learning" by Roberta Swartz
Swartz describes many ways that people learn and store information and explores the interaction between the body and the brain. Using what she experienced using sensory learning techniques with children, she adapted these principles to more advanced learning for adults. With fascinating and insightful examples, she demonstrates ways of using right brain processing to enhance the learning experience.
August 2013 Article
Hypnotherapy has proven to be an important and helpful tool with individuals suffering from PTSD, and Joan Courtney has been working with veterans and others affected by this disorder throughout her career. She has written an informative article on the risk factors that make people vulnerable to PTSD, and outlines 6 basic areas that can aid individuals who struggle with the effects of lingering trauma.
"Is PTSD a Malady for Combat Veterans Only? Six Areas Hypnotherapy Can Help Anyone with PTSD" by Joan Courtney
The obvious association of PTSD is with combat veterans, yet in her work with clients over the years Courtney recognized certain symptoms that seemed related. Common themes included feelings like despair and desperation, accompanied by the thought that life no longer made sense. After a combat veteran was referred to her, it became apparent that the patterns he exhibited matched those of other clients who suffered from trauma related to other causes but fitting the profile of PTSD.
June 2013 Article
Roberta Swartz has contributed a valuable case study on working with anorexia nervosa. After a frantic call from a young woman's family, she worked with a team of professionals to help save "Morgan's" life. After gathering information from the story of Morgan's life and memories, Roberta used hypnosis to uncover subconscious associations and secondary benefits regarding food and more specifically, not eating.
"Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Study in Hypnotherapy" by Roberta Swartz
Extensive uncovering work in hypnosis brought out many misconceptions that initiated from early childhood associations and misconceptions. After a year of working through various issues Morgan was eating well and able to function physically in her life. But that was not the end of the story, as things came crashing down several months later. With the tools she learned from hypnotherapy and her own determination, she was able to pull herself back up and is moving forward.
April 2013 Article
This month Patrick Singleton shares his thoughts as a therapist on the importance of integrity and walking your talk. He reveals a part of his story, in which he hit a bump in his career and stepped back to work on his own issues, using the many tools he had collected along the way. He provides a description of how to examine and lead yourself through a series of steps to gain personal insight and direction.
"The Importance of Working on Our Own Issues" by Patrick Singleton
Working with others on ways to help them improve their well being and make positive changes is the work that hypnotherapists do. Singleton points out that it's also important for the therapist to continue to do work on personal issues that may come up. He relates the story of his own struggle many years into his career which led him to reassess where he was, how he got there, and where to go now. He uses his personal journey to guide other therapists through a hypnotic process that gets one in touch with parts of oneself for valuable insights.
February 2013 Article
This month's article is on the noteworthy and significant topic of using hypnotherapy with people living with Dementia. Kathy Balland recognized the value of working with this special population after experiencing the pain of a loved one suffering from this condition. Her personal interest led her to discover important research that was being done by Dr. Daniel Nightingale in the UK. Her inspiring article describes the path she discovered and the valuable training that has been created as she followed her passion.
"The Power of Hypnotherapy for People Living with Dementia" by Kathy Balland
With the aging of the baby boomer generation the incidence of those living with dementia is well into the millions. Balland's personal experience compelled her to do research that ultimately led her to the work of a pioneer in the field of hypnotherapy for dementia. She outlines seven areas that have shown a dramatic improvement with hypnotherapy. After specialized training herself, Balland recognizes the need for teaching these skills to motivated hypnotherapists who feel drawn to expand their experience and make a difference in this much needed area.
November 2012 Article
Katherine Zimmerman, writer, teacher and hypnotherapist, has written an excellent article on how to increase your income by teaching hypnosis classes. Katherine shares comprehensive and valuable guidance from her own broad experience and expertise in this area.
"Increase Your Income with Teaching" by Katherine Zimmerman
An exceptionally well organized format with tips from topics to teach, products to sell, where to offer classes, how to advertise, how to price your workshop, and how to determine the size of your class. A timely and well-researched topic, sure to increase your income, help you to become known to a broader audience, and attract new clients.
August 2012 Article
Once again Roberta Swartz has presented an excellent commentary, this one on the power of thought to manifest a desired outcome. She asks and answers why some individuals are more successful in bringing an idea to fruition.
"Six Steps for Successful Manifestation" by Roberta Swartz
Thought provoking metaphors such as laser beams and electricity are likened to thoughts - with the comparison that each can be directed in ways that make a significant difference in what happens next. Six steps are given that lead to successful outcomes, along with practices to experiment with the effectiveness of imagination and receptivity.
June 2012 Article
Katherine Zimmerman has written a fascinating article on working with a significant issue, Tourette's syndrome, without any prior experience. Her skill and creativity shine through in this example of an actual session.
"A Case of Tourette's" by Katherine Zimmerman
A look at working with an unusual presentation of Tourette's syndrome. Following Katherine's expertise and ability, readers get an inside look at a creative and insightful session that explores the possible emotional cause of motor and vocal tics associated with this condition.
April 2012 Article
Once again, Roberta Swartz is sharing her thoughts in this month's article on perceptions of reality: We are the sum of our thoughts, our sensory experiences and our feelings. As hypnotherapists we can help our clients to let go of misconceptions and create empowering core beliefs that lead to positive transformation.
"Perceptions of Reality" by Roberta Swartz
An insightful look at the nature of perception. There are many therapies that are used beneficially to disrupt unwanted and disempowering patterns but hypnotherapy has the potential to go further, creating real changes that are enduring - by helping to create new perceptions of reality.
February 2012 Article
Unlike a previous article in which Roberta Swartz shared some age regression techniques, her latest article is about the power of the mind, and how we tend to manifest what we focus on. As we keep our visualizations on what we want to accomplish, we draw the results toward us.
"Keep the Faith" by Roberta Swartz
Encourages the power of heartfelt trust in good intentions and kindness. She invites others to state their needs, release them to the universe, and accept the gifts that come. She reminds us that one benefit of living with positive intention is a healthy immune system.
January 2012 Article
Randal Churchill shares his powerful development of Hypnotic DreamworkTM in this month's article. He takes the reader through basic Gestalt dreamwork methods, their hypnotic effects, and further hypnotic processes that can be combined for deep, transforming therapy.
"The Transforming Power of Hypnotic DreamworkTM" by Randal Churchill, Past President, ACHE
Dreaming, a vitally important function of the subconscious, is explored in depth through the perspective of Gestalt processes which rather than analyze, guides dreamers to experience what the dream means to them. Avoiding interpretation, the dreamer focuses on direct access to the wisdom of the subconscious, allowing for the potential of increased suggestibility and deep healing that is inherent to hypnotic states.
November 2011 Articles
Roy Hunter defines parts therapy, discusses when it might be an appropriate technique and how to get the best response. He gives an inside look at the value of working with parts therapy using personal examples of his own experience, both as therapist and receiver of therapy.
"What Is Parts Therapy" by C. Roy Hunter
Looks at the history of parts therapy, its evolution, and variations. With the added benefit of the hypnotic state, and especially deep trance for this work, analytical resistance is bypassed, allowing the client to attain profound and lasting change.
September 2011 Articles
In this month's article Roberta Swartz shares some age regression techniques that she has found effective in her hypnotherapy practice. She invites us all to add our unique perspective and creativity to her suggestions and to share our own.
"Hypnotic Age Regression Techniques That Work" by Roberta Swartz
Looks at 3 techniques for age regression: The photo album technique, the cloud floating technique, and the merry-go round (backwards) technique. Each method is filled with creative suggestions to help guide a client toward effective retrievable of memory and detail.
July 2011 Articles
Cheryl Canfield has written this month's article on using the tools of self-reflection, hypnosis and Gestalt to heal and release the past. Paying attention to energy and the habits we've developed can help us to redirect our focus to the only time we ever really have to live: the present. As we release the past and worries about the future we can focus on the present, which is always our point of power.
"Self-Reflection, Hypnosis and Gestalt: Tools for Healing and Releasing the Past" by Cheryl Canfield
Discusses the importance of using self-reflection to bring self-defeating habits into focus and the effectiveness of hypnosis and Gestalt to help heal and release the blocks that people have held onto or buried. An example is given of a client who was able to use the powerful combination of self-reflection, hypnosis and Gestalt dialogue to heal and release his past.
June 2011 Articles
Roberta Swartz has written this month's enlightening article on important differences in the use of hypnotherapy in working with children. Swartz gives a breakdown of several age groups and then focuses on various approaches that she has found to be effective with children in the range of three to five or six years old.
"Hypnotherapy for Children" by Roberta Swartz
Discusses the effectiveness of bringing at least one parent into the work and uses the example of how she worked with a particular bright six year old boy and his mother. Descriptions are also given of the effective use in general of puppets, art and music.
May 2011 Articles
This month's article is by Katherine Zimmerman, a popular and frequent instructor at the ACHE conferences. Zimmerman uses an actual client case to demonstrate the effectiveness of reframing in hypnotherapy sessions - that is, discovering new ways to look at issues. Reframing, as she illustrates, can be used in various ways throughout a session, as well as in subsequent work.
"Reframing Panic and Stress" by Katherine Zimmerman
Looks at a session which presents more than the usual challenges, and the effectiveness of introducing reframing to change perspective and the creation of a symbol for the reframe to anchor the positive feelings generated.
April 2011 Articles
In our first article, Kym Maehl shares her experience of incorporating hypnotherapy into her work as a counselor in vocational rehabilitation. As a "closet" hypnotherapy practitioner in that field, she learned the value and effectiveness of combining her rich background and understanding of body, mind and spirit in the healing process. By educating ourselves and our colleagues, she feels, we can help others find greater renewal and improved outcomes.
In our second article Alena Guest addresses the unrealistic perceptions of beauty promoted through advertising. Through the example of her own growth through hypnotherapy, she sought training and found her passion helping others to find the same quality of transformation. We welcome your stories and contributions of articles. The inspiration and shared experiences are an invaluable resource to other practitioners.
"Re-energizing Through Integration" by Kym Maehl
Addresses the importance of a holistic mind, body and spirit approach through the use of hypnosis to increase one's life-force energy and facilitate the healing process.
"Embracing our Imperfections" By Elena Guest
Looks at the unrealistic and unhealthy commercial portrayal of beauty and the use of hypnosis to reeducate the inner critic and to uncover the unique individual beauty and self-awareness from within.
March 2011 Articles
The first article in the March issue of the ACHE newsletter describes Madolin Wells’ rich experience in combining massage therapy and traditional hypnotherapy with the complimentary elements of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. In the second article Michael Price talks about his work with a client he is helping to prepare for surgery, and his growing focus on assisting individuals to activate their body’s natural healing capacities. We appreciate the shared personal stories, dedication, and knowledge of our members and welcome your articles.
"The Use of Hypnosis in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release" By Madolin Wells
A study of the elements of mind, body and spirit coming together through the synergy of bodywork, psychology, hypnosis, energy, breath and spirit.
"The Use of Hypnosis for Glandular Activation" By Michael Price
An exploration of the body's innate wisdom and an individual's ability to be consciously powerful in their own lives.
February 2011 Articles
Our February articles of the ACHE newsletter are dedicated to the core of hypnotic experience, the trance state. Patrick Marsolek shares excerpts from his book, A Joyful Intuition, in two separate articles that highlight the many subtle gradations of known and lesser known aspects of altered states. The more we understand how extensive our conscious and subconscious resources are, the more powerful these states become in our personal and professional experience. We appreciate the vast resources in knowledge and experience provided by our members, and look forward to receiving your articles.
"Trance and Sensing" By Patrick Marsolek
An exploration of the multi-sensory ways in which trance occurs, and the opportunities that arise to open a flow of intuitive information.
"Trance and Layers of Consciousness" By Patrick Marsolek
A study of the effects of trance on consciousness, the richness of our sensory experiences, and the levels of mind we enter into.
January 2011 Articles
As we step into the year 2011 we can look back on all of the experiences, challenges and blessings of last year - and look forward to the opportunities of this one. We all have our gifts to offer and with this issue of ACHE articles we are pleased to provide an excellent summary from Katherine Zimmerman on the use of integrating parts in hypnosis. We also have Melissa Roth's extensive knowledge of working with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, based on her personal recovery and work in assisting others afflicted with this life-changing condition. Keep your articles coming. As we share what we've learned we all become stronger in our practices and service in helping others.
"Integrating Parts" By Katherine Zimmerman
Accounts from actual sessions in which the author utilizes parts therapy to help clients make significant changes..
"Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypnosis" By Melissa J. Roth
Extensive study of this condition and the authors personal challenge to heal herself led her to become a hypnotherapist and use her experience to help others heal.
November-December 2010 Articles
The season of holidays is upon us. Among the celebrations that the holidays bring, we're pleased to present our 2nd issue with articles. The article from ACHE President Randal Churchill gives knowledgeable advice on common sense ways to keep our practices within legal perimeters. Nathalie Fiset's submission provides her unique medical perspective. I'm also including an article of my own. Please consider sending us an article! This is a resource for all of us to learn from each other - to share our experiences and perspective in the inspiring field of hypnotherapy.
Practicing Within the Law in Oregon and Elsewhere By Randal Churchill
This article is relevant to non-licensed hypnotherapists everywhere, NOT just in Oregon. Because it applies to the New Legislative Activity page, it is posted there.
Healing the Healers By Nathalie Fiset
The author gives us insight from her background as a family physician and certified hypnotherapist.
A Lesson in Unconditional Love By Cheryl Canfield
This example of working with a severely ill client illustrates the significance of unconditional self-love in the process of emotional healing.
Cheryl Canfield, CHT
Managing Editor, ACHE Newsletter
October 2010 articles
Greetings ACHE Members,
As the managing editor, I'm pleased to present the following articles for the inaugural ACHE monthly newsletter. These are presented by ACHE members, as educational and inspirational tools by and for practitioners. I hope this newsletter format will provide an opportunity for all of us to expand our understanding and skills, and a venue for sharing our personal experiences for the betterment of our profession.
Someone's Always Listening... By Candace Gates
The author's personal approaches to helping clients accelerate desired changes.
Getting Past the Resistance of Sabotage By Roberta Swartz
Addresses subconscious beliefs that hold people back, and how to move beyond these road blocks.
Is Your Mind the New Health Tool to Reduce and Even Overcome an Allergic Reaction? By Dagi Heider-Fray
Defines allergies, their causes, and the role our minds can play in reducing symptoms
Cheryl Canfield, CHT
Managing Editor, ACHE Newsletter
Article Submission Guidelines
Please email your articles, from 800 to 2,000 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Please do NOT send as an attachment. Instead, copy and paste your article into the email. It's best to send in simple text, as italics and bold sometimes disappear in transmission. Add a space between paragraphs. At the end of the article, add a description of up to two or three sentences about yourself, including your specialties or interests, and you are welcome to include your hypnotherapy website. Thank you.
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