Inner Journeys for Outer Change: Personal Transformation Sessions for Professionals 5 CMTE credits

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Click for a FREE  15 minute call with Deborah to determine if this work is a good fit for you

As therapists we strive to:

  • Be mindfully present with our clients

  • Have the self-awareness to shelve any personal issues that arise in our daily life

  • Be the professional presence that’s required of our profession.


Have you ever had  a client who pushes your buttons?

A co-worker who you don’t click with?

Relationship issues?

Other situations that cause you stress in your life?

  • It’s important for us to recognize and manage one’s own feelings and behaviors that affect the therapeutic process.
  • It’s also important for us to recognize and work with issues that affect transference and countertransference dynamics.

We need to take the time to process our own issues so that we can be there fully for our clients, and so that we can live our lives in fulfillment. 


Personal Example:

Something is wrong with me.  I have a knot in my stomach and I feel my body collapse in on itself.   Like a starved and wounded animal I curl up in a ball of protection from the threat. 

 Rose, who has guided me into this memory from when I was 8, asks me to become the child and tell my parents how I feel and what I need from them. I tell them I’m feeling shy, scared, and alone, and like there must be something wrong with me.  I want them to teach me and support me and tell me I’m ok.

But they aren’t able to. This is such a hopeless moment!  In my experience, they don’t care! I am doomed to be shy and powerless. 

  And then the miracle happens.  Rose invites me to meet my inner parents, parents that love me unconditionally and know just the right things to say and do to make me feel special, loved and supported. 

  I feel my little child body sitting in the lap of a loving inner father.  I feel his strong warm arms around me and hear his tender words telling me to keep my chin up and that he is here for me always.  I feel my inner mother’s sweet kisses all over my face as she tells me how special I am, that I’m perfect just the way I am. I experience my inner parents taking me by the hand and showing me how to climb out from under the table I’m hiding under because I feel so shy and unsafe, and teaching me how to come out and take action, with them having my back.

Then Rose suggests I imagine becoming my future adult self, and I experience myself able to speak confidently in front of hundreds of people. I feel strength in my body.  I’m so confident! I’m standing up straight and open. I feel competent and empowered.

  It’s many years later now, and guess what’s one of the things I do for a living?  I speak in front of large groups of people and I feel totally at ease while doing it! 

What about you?

 We all carry around inner wounds.  I help other people to have the same type of transformational experience as I did – the experience of finally healing, filling underlying subconscious needs, and finding resolution…  My purpose is to make a difference.

Click for a FREE  15 minute call with Deborah to determine if this work is a good fit for you.  

“Working with Deborah has been very powerful. I have worked with a variety of therapists over the years in an attempt to resolve old traumas and lesson their impact on my adult life. I’ve tried talk therapy and EMDR. While I learned a lot through these other processes, I never experience relief from the emotional suffering I continued to experience. After my first session with Deborah, I noticed substantial relief of my symptoms. I intend to continue my work with Deborah so that I might experience true emotional freedom.”

The Blessing of Being a Therapist

 It feels so rewarding when you find winning strategies that make a difference in a client’s life! 

There’s nothing like that feeling when you work with an adolescent who tells you that she used to feel suicidal but now that she has worked with you her urges to harm herself are gone.

 Or because of a song that taught a coping skill, a girl decided not to jump off the roof but to get down. 

 Or an adult who says she’s worked with therapists for years but never had the resolution to her traumas and wounds til she worked with you.

Are you ready to make an even greater difference by taking care of your own inner world?

 Take care of and nurture yourself.

 You are invited to participate in this for you.

 You deserve it.

You can even earn CMTE credits!


You get 4.5 hours of sessions &/or coaching over the phone or internet. Includes email followup. 


Years ago I was teaching violin lessons to supplement my music therapy practice.  My neighbor asked me if I would trade violin lessons for her son in exchange for her giving me hypnotherapy sessions.  I thought “No way! I don’t want anyone messing with my mind thank you very much.” But I decided to try it. 

 I found her interactive form of hypnotherapy to be the most powerful personal growth process I have ever done, and believe me I have done a lot.  I signed up for the training the next week to learn how to do it myself to help people.  (I will describe the process in greater detail below.)  I became a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Alchemical Hypnotherapist in 1989.

This process changed my life.  I also found that it filled in all the gaps for me in doing imagery work as a music therapist.  

Tell me more about the process you’ll use:

I use verbal coaching along with hypnotherapy & guided imagery to assist you in discovering and working with your Inner Wisdom to change your life.

As you know, we learn habits of behavior and patterns of emotional response based upon past events.  A current event triggers an old response pattern.   Often the current presenting issue is being influenced by past experiences and wounds that haven’t been healed.  Like updating the software on your personal computer, we can reprogram  the subconscious mind to provide the nurturing, support and wisdom necessary for self- empowerment and the creation of a joyful, fulfilling life.

 This can include:

  •  Rescuing your inner child from the trauma, neglect and emotional pain of the past; providing your inner child with new loving parents and the experiences of a nurturing childhood,
  • Meeting your inner mate, inner healer, or inner guide
  • Conferencing with all the different parts of yourself that have a different and maybe even opposing opinion or view on a particular goal you have set (such as losing weight, smoking cessation, being in a relationship…) 

Solutions come from the wisdom within you.  

All suggestions for change come directly from your own subconscious mind.

You’ll build nurturing inner resources that you can continue to use on your own after the sessions are completed, not reliant of the therapist.

By filling the underlying  basic need in the subconscious mind, we can find resolution.


This interactive form of hypnotherapy is also known as Alchemical Hypnotherapy”, or “Alchemy”, meaning transformation- transforming the base metal of our emotional wounds into the gold of resolution.

Recognition of Hypnotherapy by the AMA

 The American Medical Association (AMA) has officially recognized hypnosis as a valuable and beneficial treatment as applied and used since 1958. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), various types of techniques were listed and profiled in a review of relevant literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. In the above quoted text, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate):

Treatment Success Rates

Hypnosis — 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
Behavior Therapy — 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
Psychotherapy — 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

Source: Psychotherapy Magazine, Volume 7, Number 1, as stated by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD

Course description:

Consultations will include:

  • Assessing areas for growth

  • Setting goals

  • Processing issues through verbal coaching and imagery/hypnotherapy sessions to bring about real, lasting and nourishing changes in your life

  • Follow-up emails

  • Evaluation by feedback form for CBMT

Processing of personal & professional issues can include such things as:

  • Resolution to issues you have with clients, co-workers, friends, family

  • Coping with stress, anxiousness, anger

  • Changing behavioral patterns

  • Healing emotional wounds

  • Overcoming traumatic experiences

  • Experiencing richer relationships

  • Gaining confidence

  • Ending self sabotage

  • Feeling greater self love

  • Communication skills

  • Practicing DBT skills of mindfulness and coping ahead

CBMT Domains:

(III.A.1.f) Recognizing and managing aspects of one’s own feelings and behaviors that affect the therapeutic process.  Recognizing and working with transference and counter transference dynamics. 
(V.A.1) Assess areas for professional growth and set goals. 
(V.A.5) Seek out and utilize supervision and/or consultation. 
(V.B.9) Maintain professional and effective working relationships with colleagues and community members. 

Learning Objectives:

Participants of this CMTE will be able to :

  1. Recognize and manage at least one aspect of one’s own feelings  and behaviors that affects the therapeutic process


       2.  Recognize and work with at least one past memory that affects current transference and countertransference dynamics. 

Click for a FREE  15 minute call with Deborah to determine if this work is a good fit for you.  

 I recently had some sessions with Deborah. One of the things I wanted help with is that  I was feeling misunderstood, left out, disconnected, and like nobody cared.   In my session I was introduced to my nurturing inner mother.  It felt as if she was a real person right there with me.  I felt overwhelmingly cared for and acknowledged.  I felt she was genuinely interested in me and my life, acknowledging and validated my likes and interests and even shared my interests.   I felt appreciated and loved and valued. That feeling of security, worth and belonging is still with me. 

 How it’s helped me in my life is that when I’m in a stressful situation that brings up insecurities I can feel her (my inner mother) with me.  It calms me down and I feel a self worth equal to anyone else, so I can relate to other people from confidence and security instead of inadequacy and insecurity.  It helps me step forward when I used to hold back.

Learning to “tap into” the subconscious mind for support and guidance. I feel much “freer” and less overwhelmed, and I therefore feel as though I have more energy to give to my clients at work.” 

“I was feeling troubled by judgmental thoughts about myself when I went to have a session with Deborah recently.  I realize that this pattern has its roots in my childhood.  Through the  session I met my nurturing inner father.  I can feel his positiveness, which encourages me to be positive in life.  I have an overwhelming feeling of capability that he projects on me. Since that session I find myself trying things that I never thought I would try.  He is a healthy role model that I can easily access.  I highly recommend working with Deborah.”

Inner Journeys for Outer Change: Personal Transformation Sessions for Professionals is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 7 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 

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