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  • By Patty Hutchens.

Unlock Your Potential

Unlock Your Potential

Wellness. It is a journey that is different for each individual. But wellness means much more than just eating healthy and exercising. According to Dr. Richard Himmer, owner of The Himmer Center in Gig Harbor, there are two separate types of wellness—personal and organizational.

Personal wellness refers to an individual’s mindful effort to integrate one’s conscious and subconscious. “Until the subconscious integrates with the conscious, it will control your life without consent,” cites Dr. Himmer.

Organizational wellness refers to the sum total of an individual’s collective healing and is built upon the principles of mutual trust and respect. This, according to Dr. Himmer, is the basis for healthy and successful relationships.

Dr. Himmer’s true passion is hosting group seminars and training. He has his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology and coaches executives, entrepreneurs, couples, parents and individuals who want to transform and grow. His focus is on employee engagement and wellness, team building, leadership coaching, executive coaching, workplace bullying and Keynote speaking.

Ruth Taylor, a certified hypnotherapist at The Himmer Center, enjoys the one-on-one counseling she does to help her clients achieve individual wellness. Through coaching and hypnosis programs, Dr. Himmer and Taylor are able to address issues that include anxiety, stress, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, intimacy, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder and addictions.

At the Himmer Center, their focus is on healing the whole person. “It is the symbiotic relationship of the brain and the gut. The relationship is critical,” says Taylor. “The entire body just gets better when you heal both mind and gut.”

Dr. Himmer and Ruth Taylor’s success stems from the results they have seen with their clients. “We are effective in what we do,” says Taylor. “It works!”

Dr. Himmer has been in the community for 30 years. His wife is from Tacoma, and after visiting the area, they knew Gig Harbor is where they wanted to settle. Taylor moved here seven years ago, and both she and Dr. Himmer agree that the community feel in Gig Harbor is in part due to how many people are actively involved in the community. “People here are very connected,” Taylor says.

The Himmer Center is no different. They enjoy their involvement with their church group, which offers services to those in need through the website Here, the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted, and volunteers can serve various places within the community. From helping to relieve suffering to caring for the poor and needy, those who give of their time and talent help to enhance the quality of life for those right here in Gig Harbor.

With the recent closure of the local Positive Changes business, many have been left without the help they need. The Himmer Center is happy to offer discounts and is accepting new clients to fill the void left by the closure.

Taylor and Dr. Himmer encourage both businesses and individuals who are looking for optimal wellness to contact them. After all, change begins from within.

“If you’re complacent with your goals and actions, then you are complicit with the result or consequences,” says Dr. Himmer. Taylor adds, “Change begins with just one step; just one positive experience can act as a catalyst. It only takes one step to begin a journey of lifelong learning and healing.”

The Himmer Center

4223 Point Fosdick Dr. NW Suite 208

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335


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