Sheldon Bilsker, RCC, HT is a practising Counselling Hypnotherapist and Registered Clinical Counselor with 32 years experience in private practice. He is President and Founder of the International Association of Counseling Hypnotherapists (IACH) and past President of The Canadian Hypnotherapy Association. He has also been a member of the Legislative Review committee of the BC Association of Clinical Counselors.
In 1986, Sheldon began training students in hypnotherapy and other therapeutic approaches. It was at this time that he founded Orca Hypnosis Seminars, now the Orca Institute. These training programs are well known throughout British Columbia, Canada and now worldwide for their practical application, broad perspective and high standards. The Orca Institute is the longest running Hypnotherapy school in Canada. It is also the only PTIB and BC EQA designated Hypnotherapy school in BC.
As both instructor and caring mentor, Sheldon has been instrumental in the present success of many hypnotherapists, counsellors and workshop facilitators. In 1992, he was called by the BC Human Rights Commission to testify as an expert witness on hypnosis. His testimony set a legal precedent in BC.
Sheldon has written three training manuals in hypnotherapy, as well as numerous articles on hypnosis and related fields. His style of instruction is specifically designed to teach students how to offer "tools" which empower clients and each other to find their own answers. Unique to Sheldon is his eastern body/mind approach to the application of hypnotherapy. By working through the body to affect the mind, he includes an important physical integration and expression of the mental, emotional and spiritual.
Diane Auld, RTC, MTC, RCS, HT is a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist, Master Therapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapy Teacher. She has been an Instructor since 2006. Her love affair with hypnotherapy started long before she decided to study Hypnotherapy at the Orca Institute. Many years of her own personal work and finding ways to understand the unlimited powers of my unconscious mind led to her to Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and that love affair just keeps growing.
For the past 14 years she has had the honour of accompanying clients in her private practice, in the exploration of self through counselling, hypnotherapy, The Way of the Heart™ Field Integrations and a variety of creative therapies. In 2016 Diane created an Ethics Course for Counsellors which is being taught as an online program through the Orca Institute. This course will offer Counsellors and Counselling Hypnotherapist’s an opportunity to study ethics and explore ethical dilemmas they may encounter in their work with clients.
As a teacher she brings a deep respect for Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, for each students individual learning style and and a passionate desire to help the students realize their unlimited potential as a learner and a Counselling Hypnotherapist. She feels that learning is best done experientially in a safe environment where they each have an opportunity to experiment, play, make corrections and experience.
Each person comes to hypnotherapy for a different reason, and will use the learnings in their own unique way; her job is to create curiosity, answer questions, challenge your limited view of yourself, support your search for your way, and fire a passion for hypnosis. For students who currently have a practice, one of Diane’s skills is to help students integrate counselling hypnotherapy into their private practice.
She brings her own passion and has been told it is her passionate style of teaching that helps students engage in the learning.
Class time is the cornerstone to learning Hypnotherapy. A place to share, explore, develop new skills, discuss ways of working with current clients, play, learn from fellow students at differing levels of experience and knowledge, and of course experience Hypnotherapy. Honouring each individual’s unique way of learning is important to her, and she invites feedback and suggestions.
Our classes are rich, fun and filled with teachings that each student can use in the time between classes to play with, practice and hone the skills needed for incorporating hypnotherapy into their current practice or eventually becoming a practicing Counselling Hypnotherapist.
Our weekend classes include some structured learning, different modules include: Inductions, Counselling and Hypnotherapy, taking what the client brings and creating a hypnotherapy session, the beginning, middle and end of a session, tone and pacing, metaphors and stories, making direct indirect, abreaction, self care for the therapist, ethics and requests for learning from the students. These are some of the modules offered in the classes there are many more.
Each month prior to our class she sends an e-mail to students for class content and input, also during the class it is very important to her that each student is getting their needs met, she constantly checks in with each student. Each of us is a teacher and a learner. We each bring life experience, wisdom from other teachings and our uniqueness; our class time is made richer by what we all bring.
She looks forward to working with you in class to develop and grow in this new and exciting way of helping our clients and ourselves truly live our unlimited potential, facilitate change and understand self in deeper ways.
Diane is a Registered Clinical Supervisor with the ACCT, supporting new and experienced counsellors in developing and expanding their passion in the counselling field.
You can also check out her blog at: Journeyerssanctuary.blogspot.ca