HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program

The Hartford Family Institute (HFI) offers an exciting and comprehensive training program called HFI Body-Centered-Psychotherapy for professionals and budding professionals who want to advance their expertise as psychotherapists or energy healers. We’ve been providing HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training throughout North America and Europe for over 45 years. We look forward to working with each new student who walks through our doors, whether they’re just starting out in their career or are an established psychotherapist or healer already working in the field.

Students who come to our program are looking for something more. They want to experience thorough and rigorous study in the fundamentals of mind-body psychotherapy, but also want to grow personally and spiritually. For us, the classroom is more than just an anonymous lecture hall; it’s a site of transformation and a place where a community of healers can grow and the bond of lifelong friendships can be made. Our students strive toward being the best psychotherapists or healers they can be, inside and out. If you want to not only heal your clients in a meaningful and fundamental way—down to the level of DNA—but also help them embody healing in the core of their own being, this training is for you. Our students know that true expertise can only be found through the knowledge of experience. At HFI, you’ll be gaining a unique life experience that is not offered by any other program.

Our Approach to Healing

Drawing from our groundbreaking work, HFI is a leader in mind-body psychotherapy. Our HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program is designed to give students a strong foundation in the intricacies of working with all emotional and physical issues, all with a soulful and humanistic approach.

The science of our body-entered psychotherapy is grounded in the observations made in quantum physics, the latest in brain research and advanced biological understanding about the subtle energy makeup of everything that exists, including human thought and emotion. At the most fundamental level, the human mind and body consist of pulsating energy, constantly interacting within a vast universal energy field. It is at this sub-atomic level that abuse and trauma impacts us most profoundly, and it is at this level that healing needs to take place. We teach our students how to draw out and heal emotional and physical issues by listening to the wisdom of the body. The soul of our therapy views the therapeutic process as a shamanic journey toward integration, balance and harmony. Our approach is holistic in nature. It enables the client to connect with the mind, body and spirit so that healing can be achieved on a multidimensional level.

If you want to learn more about a mind-body approach to healing and/or enhance your credentials and gain the life experience necessary to establish credibility and rapport with your clients, HFI’s Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program is right for you. By mastering our approach, you can begin to integrate emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing into your practice and help your clients in a way that will deeply alter and transform their lives.


In our training program you will be provided with a road map for understanding how the mind, body and spirit interact and will learn a healing methodology that treats emotional trauma and physical pain and illness holistically. You will gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of our psychotherapy by investigating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, working with trauma and more. In addition, you will be immersed into HFI’s special brand of Body-Centered Psychotherapy.

There are three levels of study for students enrolled in the HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program. At the end of each level, you will receive a certificate of completion. Once completing the third level, you will be awarded a graduation certificate as Master Therapist or Master Healer.

You will experience a community-centered, individualized course of study you won’t find anywhere else. Our students don’t sit through impersonal lectures or take examinations. Rather, we practice a student-centered form of education. In addition to engaging in presentations on the most important developments in mind-body therapy, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills as a therapist. By delving into our student-centered approach, you can move beyond textbook knowledge and embody the presentations, acquiring the concrete, practical skills you’ll need while interacting with clients. At HFI you’ll be acquiring more than just an education; you’ll also be gaining a community. Many of our students forge lifelong friendships at HFI and go on to collaborate with peers to create their own successful practices.

As therapists and healers, we treat our students as individuals, not as numbers or nameless faces. You’ll regularly meet with faculty, receive personalized evaluations and have the opportunity to discuss your growth with experienced healers who have been practicing since 1976. In addition to growing as a therapist and healer, you will also grow as a person. Our faculty will help you work through your healing and growth process, giving you time to reflect on the issues you struggle with both in and out of the therapist’s office.

With HFI’s training in hand, you can adopt a modality that takes into account the heart, mind and body of both the client and the therapist. As a healer, you can help your clients let go of negative thoughts, emotions and perceptions. You can help them reconnect with their inner wisdom and sprit. By using HFI’s pioneering techniques, it’s possible for you and your clients to stop fighting the war within and live a life full of acceptance, peace, love and compassion.

Although mastery in any field requires patience, discipline and meaningful engagement, the rewards of becoming a competent therapist who understands the intricacies of emotional and physical processes and has a road map for transformation are deeply satisfying. Keep in mind that excellence in any profession doesn’t happen overnight; mastery in your field will require time, patience, discipline and meaningful engagement. As you journey toward mastery, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in mutual evaluations with faculty at the end of each year. You’ll be able to discuss your progress for the past year, plans for the coming year and any worries, fears and frustrations you have about the learning process.

We hope you’ll think of your education with us as an investment into both your and your clients’ future. To apply to our psychotherapy training program, please download our application (link below). Classes begin in September, so you’ll want to apply in advance as spots fill up quickly. If September has already passed, feel free to attend one of our Wednesday night lectures (please call beforehand so we know you’re coming). We also offer a free 4-hour introductory workshop once a month during the spring and summer, which is a great way to get a sense of our modality. For more information, please call 860-236-6009 or email us at info@hartfordfamilyinstitute.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Science and Soul of Psychotherapy

The science of our psychotherapy is founded in the discoveries by quantum physicists about the subtle energy makeup of everything that exists, including human thought and emotion. At our most fundamental level, the human mind and body consists of pulsating energy, constantly interacting within a vast universal energy field. It is at the sub-atomic, subtle level that trauma impacts us most profoundly, and it is at that level that healing needs to take place. The process of our therapy works within this world of pulsating waves and frequencies and allows healing to take place at the level of physical and emotional DNA.

The soul of our psychotherapy lies in the way our work deals with the life force, our core essence beyond the intellect. The soul is the spark of divine consciousness that lives in each of us. It is the essence of each being that continues beyond lifetimes. The soul of this psychotherapy is the energy in each session that is beyond words, beyond intellectual knowing, where spirit brings messages of what is necessary for both client and therapist to move toward wholeness, toward enlightenment. It is the job of the therapist and client to decode and embody the messages from spirit so that we can understand that every negative experience in our bodies is Spirit’s way of uncovering unfinished trauma in an orderly fashion so that we can heal. The therapeutic process is a shamanic journey toward integration, balance and harmony. Our approach enables the client to connect mind, body and spirit so that healing can be achieved on a multidimensional level.

HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program Testimonials

“Through the HFI Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program I have felt profoundly supported and gently encouraged toward my next steps of growth and power as a therapist.” – Kimberly Prats, Movement Therapist

“Hartford Family Institute’s Human Relations Program is nothing less than life changing. I am a more fully alive person for having gone through this program.” – Rabbi Donna Berman, Ph.D.

“Having been in therapy much of my adult life, when I began at Hartford Family Institute I no longer suffered the pain of self-hatred, but I felt I was dying as a therapist. My training in the training program has profoundly enriched my life and completely transformed my work with my clients.” – Joan Copperman, Ph.D

“Having researched and studied many healing modalities for more than three decades, the deep and thorough emotional healing I’ve experienced, and the therapeutic skills I’ve acquired at HFI are simply incomparable.” –Liam Watt

“The level of personal and professional growth gained from HFI, during these past four years, has enabled me to be a more proficient psychotherapist. I understand my process more clearly as well as my client’s process, thus, it is a win-win situation.” –Naomi S. Lufkin, MA, LPC, NCC

“My training experience at HFI has been a gift to myself and to my clients. As a result of the training, I can offer what I have learned, what I see, what I feel and what I am trying to understand to them in a way that supports their growth and aliveness—and my own.” –Cynthia Epstein, LCSW, New York City

“I joined the HFI training program because a friend of mine told me she was part of an incredibly supportive community. I stay in the program because I see that what we are learning works. Not only trainees, but trainers too, can be observed to be growing, becoming more alive, having old wounds healed.” –Melissa Bostrom, Enrolled in Master’s Counseling Program, Newport, RI

“This training has been both personally healing and professionally empowering. It truly has been a gift of life for me! I have experienced such a depthful understanding and healing of my past, that I have more of myself in the present and have seen myself craft my future with more clarity, heart and power. The therapeutic techniques, the emphasis on personal growth, the development of the therapist, and the maps of healing the body and psyche that are taught in this program make this work powerful and filled with integrity. This work not only heals the body and psyche but touches the soul!”

“Joining the HFI Professional Training Program has been integral in deepening my personal and professional growth. Learning to connect with clients from an embodied, humanistic, and compassionate place has improved my connection to clients and most importantly to myself and loved ones. If you want to be part of a community committed to truth, healing, and heart HFI is your new home.” –Heather Bilotta, RSMT

“As a director of my own movement therapy training program I have integrated Subtle Energy Psychotherapy into my trainings. It is a core aspect of my curriculum because it is fundamental in integrating the mind and body and healing the trauma that is stored there.” –Lenox, Mass., Director of Leven Institute of Movement Therapy

“Having experienced many different therapies, I feel fortunate to have found the Body-Centered Psychotherapy and Subtle Energy Healing as practiced at HFI. This therapy guided me to emotional transformation and spiritual healing that was rooted in my body. Now I feel more connected to the ground, to my mind and to my soul.” –Jeffery Glotz, Counselor

“All of the practitioners at HFI’s Center for Healing Arts have a commitment to healing that comes from an integration of knowledge, wisdom and heart. As a result, I feel like I have finally come home to myself” –Joyce Cummings


Acceptance into the program requires a personal interview. Please complete the form below or call 860-236-6009 for a personal discussion to learn more about the Training Program.




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