Mount Laurel Hypnotist Barbara Angelo's life changed the day she read Dr. Brian Weiss’s book, “Many Lives, Many Masters.”
She became fascinated with the potential and power of hypnosis to do good in people's lives. Now, with years of experience behind her she is helping people lose weight, conquer pain, stop smoking and much more through her thriving hypnosis practice.
Find out what Barbara found so exciting that it has sustained her interest in hypnosis for more than a couple of decades and how she can help you.
could you briefly introduce yourself to our readers please
Hello from Southern New Jersey! I’ve been a hypnotist since 2007, and have just expanded my office to Mount Laurel. I now have a partner and a larger space for classes.
We’re very excited to offer the training and sessions that nobody else is in this area and that is much needed!
What first attracted you to work in Hypnosis?
To be honest, it was Dr. Brian Weiss’s book, “Many Lives, Many Masters” which I read in the 1990’s.
I was so fascinated by his work in past life regression, that I found a hypnotist in my area and tried it.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t very successful, and looking back, the experience has helped me become a better hypnotist.Have you experienced any personal benefits from using hypnosis for yourself that you would care to share with our readers?
Hypnosis has helped me manage pain, kept me calm in stressful situations, and given me the confidence to teach and speak to large audiences. I’m so passionate about what I do, and what I know hypnosis can do for others, and I think it shows.What was the most helpful training you experienced to become a hypnotist?
I think when you’re training for anything, practicing is where you gain the most knowledge.
While I was training to become a hypnotist, I had to find family and friends to practice on, and let me tell you, they were my toughest clients!
It’s natural to be nervous when you’re starting something new - but if you don’t get out there, try and learn from your mistakes, ( and yes, we all make them!) you’ll never get better.Barbara, I know that you conduct important work for people in exploring their past lives. Can you tell us more about this part of your practice and how it is helping people?
Wow, I could go on and on, but I’m saving it for my first book! I actually have a folder pile about two feet high of amazing past life client sessions.
I see people from all walks of life- doctors, lawyers, business owners, engineers and homemakers; from all ages, religions, sexual orientations, races and cultures.
They may have specific issues, such as phobias, health, relationships, career or life purpose where they have questions and want more insight.
Some are just curious and want to know for themselves that there is life after death.
I tell people to come with an open mind and to try not to have preconceived expectations of how it will happen. Everyone experiences a past life differently- some are very detailed, some are flashes of places and faces, others have the information literally channeled through them - answering my questions without hesitation, but not necessarily “seeing” a lot in their mind’s eye.
I spend a lot of time in the beginning of each session, asking questions about their present life, discussing our intentions, explaining how hypnosis works, and getting them comfortable with not just the process, but with me as well.
The key to any successful hypnosis session, is that the client must trust and feel comfortable with the hypnotist.
Some very personal and sometimes traumatic events may come up in a past life, so I need to establish that trust and feeling of safety from the very beginning.
My clients leave a session knowing that something very profound and meaningful has happened, and that the way they view their life, other people, and the world around them will never be the same.
There is a shift in perception that permeates throughout their entire being- physically, mentally and emotionally.
I’ve studied talk therapy and have trained in many aspects of energy work, and I have never witnessed such profound changes in a person as I have after a past life experience.
I had a psychologist client who told me after her session that if everyone had a past life regression they wouldn’t need psychologists anymore!
I know that sounds extreme, but I witness those kinds of reactions every day.What issues do your clients typically come to you for help with. Do you specialize in helping people with certain issues?
Clients come for several reasons;
Relationship issues with parents, siblings are loved ones.
They feel blocked or “stuck” and want to know what’s holding them back from happiness and/or success.
They have read books or have seen media coverage about past lives, and are curious.
Lately though, I am seeing more and more clients with chronic pain issues.
Many people come to me because they have been referred by another health practitioner.
Chronic, undiagnosed or “phantom” pain can be difficult to treat for both the patient and the doctor. Past life regression can be a powerful healing tool when it comes to pain.
I have conducted sessions where the client regresses to another lifetime- or several lifetimes, where there is an injury to the same area on the body where there are experiencing pain presently. They are able to release that pain once it is acknowledged and processed.
Under hypnosis the client can find out why they are emotionally holding onto their pain. Past trauma, fears, and even beliefs can all play a part.
These clients are maybe new to the idea of past lives, but are willing to try anything. They are tired of going to doctors, having tests done, and still getting no answers – or relief. They don’t want the side effects of drugs, either, they are interested in the holistic route.
Compared to the alternatives, hypnosis is affordable, natural, drug-free - feels great.
It’s very gratifying to help someone who has been suffering relieve their pain and walk out of my office smiling and filled with hope!Do you find any particular phase of your hypnosis work to be of special interest to you?
I became an NGH Certified Instructor in 2012, and I have to say that even though I love doing private sessions, teaching is what I enjoy most. I just opened the Hypnosis Center of South Jersey with a fellow hypnotist, and our focus now is on educating the public on the incredible power of hypnosis and how it can help in every day healing.
We hold workshops and training on everything from past life regression and hypno-birthing to NGH hypnosis certification.
We need more hypnotists in this world!What is the most frequent misunderstanding about hypnosis that you encounter with clients or the public?
That we control your mind and make you do things against your will.
Or that hypnosis is only used for smoking cessation.
If I have one more person say “are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?” I’m going to scream.
I actually look forward to explaining the many wonders of hypnosis to those that don’t understand.
At social functions when I meet someone new, and they ask the inevitable “What do you do?” and I tell them I’m a hypnotist who specializes in past life regression work, I usually get one of two responses-
They either lean forward, excited and wide-eyed, and want to talk to me all night; or they stop, look around nervously and quickly make their getaway.
I get quite a kick out of it.As we both know, Hypnosis as a healing and helping modality has existed for hundreds of years now. However, it is more widely known and accepted in some areas than in others. How would you rate the public acceptance of hypnosis/hypnotherapy in your region?
Hmm, good question. I live on the east coast, and you would think we would be more open to alternative healing, but honestly, I think we’re a little behind the times.
I used to shy away from using the word hypnosis on my website and business cards because I was afraid of scaring people off. I was getting tired of defending and explaining what I did.
I actually have a 21 year old pain client who confessed that she told her friends I was her “pain therapist” because she was embarrassed by what they would think if she told them she was seeing a hypnotist.
Now, I’m embracing it, and am vowing to change the way people think. Look out, New Jersey.What would your favourite book on hypnosis be that you would recommend to others?
I have a lot of really great hypnosis books on my shelves, but the one that I recommend most to clients is the one that changed my life – “Many Lives, Many Masters”, by Dr. Brian Weiss.
It’s a classic book on past life regression that reads like a mystery.
After reading that book in the 1990’s I wanted so much to learn hypnosis and help people just like he helped his client Catherine.
After becoming a hypnotist in 2007, I focused my training on past life regression work, and in 2010, I had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Weiss. He truly is a pioneer.Is there anything else that you would like to expand upon or add that we have not covered?
Thank you for asking such thoughtful questions. I appreciate the work that you’re doing to help the public (and internet masses) understand the benefits of hypnosis.
And thank you Barbara for spending this time with us. You can also read more about Barbara's work at her website http://www.barbara-angelo.com.
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