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Empowering Transformation: Howard Mertine and Alternative Therapies Work, LLC

Nov 03, 2023 11:40AM ● By Jess Spooner, JD, MSW, LSW

In a world where conventional healthcare often falls short, a growing number of individuals seek solace, healing, and personal transformation through alternative therapies. Leading the charge in this domain is Howard Mertine, C.Ht, RM, NLP, a dedicated hypnotherapist, Reiki practitioner, and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner. He is the visionary founder of Alternative Therapies Work, LLC, nestled in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. 

Using an artfully crafted and potent fusion of these specific alternative therapies – his triumvirate – Mertine delivers profound and enduring benefits to his clients. This powerful blend is designed to alleviate emotional and physical distress, and provide a genuine alternative to the suffering that often prevails in our world. In an era saturated with fear-inducing headlines and a prevailing belief in the permanence of emotional and physical ailments, he offers hope and healing.

A Path of Self-Discovery and Healing 

Mertine’s journey into the realm of holistic therapies is an inspiring tale of self-discovery and enlightenment. His fascination with past-life regression work was ignited as he delved into the profound teachings of Michael Newton in “Journey of Souls” and “Destiny of Souls.” This turning point led him into the world of hypnotherapy. For two years he deeply immersed himself in the holistic field where his growth was, as he puts it, “aggressively” inspired. Armed with a photographic memory and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he attained multiple certifications in various therapeutic approaches, enabling him to formulate tailored plans to address each client’s unique needs. This led to the establishment of Alternative Therapies Work, LLC. 

Becoming a holistic therapist was not merely a career transition; it was a profound calling. “I found out I can do this, very effectively, and it was exciting,” shares Mertine. “I want to do more of it. I make it a point as much as possible to leave people better than how I’ve found them.” With each step, he empowers his clients to embark on their journey of healing, transformation, and self-discovery. This unwavering commitment to this mission has cultivated a devoted following of loyal clients.

While hypnotherapy is the cornerstone of the practice, Reiki, grounded in the concept of harnessing universal life energy, plays a pivotal role. Mertine employs Reiki to induce a relaxed state in his clients, enabling him to read their energy and craft profound hypnotic inductions. The result is a hypnotherapy treatment that alleviates physical and emotional distress, leaving clients in a state of serenity. The addition of NLP offers a potent tool to address a range of debilitating problems from fears and phobias to allergies and beyond. When these three modalities intertwine, the results are magnified.

For those who feel nervous about hypnosis, Mertine emphasizes that no one can compel an individual to act against their morals during hypnotherapy. It’s a collaborative process that empowers individuals to achieve their desired outcomes. 

Holistic Healing with Heart 

Mertine’s mission is deeply rooted in making a lasting impact. His outreach extends beyond individual sessions to encompass group therapy, where he can simultaneously guide up to 14 individuals into a hypnotic state, making healing accessible to a wider audience.

His flexibility also allows him to operate from various locations, from clients’ homes to storefronts, and offer workshops wherever needed. What truly distinguishes him is not only the array of therapies he provides but also the affordability of his services. With a session fee of $80, he endeavors to ensure personal growth and holistic healing are accessible to all. As he aptly puts it, “It’s not about the money; it’s about guiding people onto the right path.”

Unlocking the Power of Past Lives 

A unique facet of Mertine’s practice is his exploration of past-life regression, a form of hypnotherapy. Some clients are driven by sheer curiosity, while others are motivated by experiences of déjà vu or unexplained talents, wondering if they may originate from past lives. Howard’s techniques transport clients on journeys through their past and future lives, connecting them with their higher selves and spiritual essences. This profound exploration often leads to revelations and personal growth, helping individuals tap into untapped potential.

Building a Radiant Future 

With a vision for expansion and a fervent desire to enhance the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, Mertine envisions a future where he will reach even more people and continue to leave an indelible mark. In his words, “I see myself in front of others, speaking, running larger workshops, and expanding.” His upcoming speaking engagement at a holistic expo is a testament to his commitment to sharing knowledge and empowering others to conquer limiting beliefs, thus creating a positive and healthy existence.

An Evolving Journey 

Mertine’s journey is not merely about building a business; it is about truly assisting people. He leaves us with a profound reminder: “You’ve got to put that past behind you; nothing can change it. If you learned from it, take that knowledge.”

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Author Bio: Jess Spooner, JD, MSW, LSW, is an accomplished writer and content marketing strategy consultant. Connect at and JessSpooner.Coach.

5 Top Tips to Finding Your Next Doctor

1 Keep an Open Mind! Healthcare has come a long way. Today, you have access to practitioners that branch outside of traditional medicine and aim to identify the root causes of conditions while using alternative treatments that may help you get the relief you need. Just because it’s not a pill, doesn’t make it pseudoscience.

2 Build Your Health Care Team. There is no one doctor that can be the be-all-end-all for your health needs. Be sure to have a team of practitioners with different “lenses” and areas of expertise who will treat the root cause and not just the symptom(s).

3   Environment Influences Healing. Health is multi-factorial. Your mental and emotional environment plays a pivotal role in your healing potential. Your doctors and their staff should create an office atmosphere filled with positivity so you can get the most out of your care.

4 Your Story Matters.  Before you begin any treatment, be sure to have a comprehensive consultation to discuss your health concerns. Find practitioners who welcome questions and will take the time to listen and treat you with respect.

5 Report of Findings. When it comes to our health, we often make decisions without understanding the risk versus benefits. Knowledge is an important part of the healing process and is essential to make conscious, informed health decisions. Find practitioners who take the time to explain their exam findings and the recommendations for treatment in ways that make sense to you.

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