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Circle of Harmony Spiritual Center: Health Through Hypnosis

by Karen Adams


ypnotherapist Nury Abreu, of Circle of Harmony Spiritual Center, in Kearny, has seen people with self-destructive habits and deep-seated fears re- claim their health and their lives through hypnosis for more than 15 years. A graduate of the Institute of Hypnotherapy, in Manala- pan, New Jersey, Abreu also holds an undergraduate de- gree in psychology from Penn State. She works with both children, who often see her for ADD and similar problems, and adults, whose issues include smoking, weight and other health challenges, pain management, and fears and phobias. She has helped people get over their fear of pub- lic speaking and others improve their study habits. It all depends on what they want to work on, as well as their ability to relax about it.

“I tell people, ‘Don’t expect anything,’” Abreu says. “If anything, look at it as meditation and relaxation. If you come in expecting something, you aren’t going to get what you want, because you’re working your mind too hard.” Abreu’s clients sit in a comfortable recliner while she

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dims the lights. “Nobody wants to get out of it,” she notes. Gentle, relaxing music plays in the background. Abreu tells her clients that they will remember every- thing. “Some people don’t trust hypnotists because of what they’ve seen on TV, but it’s nothing like that,” she says. “I tell them they will remember everything, which is important because it can help them in their everyday life. They can go back to it, remember it and refer to it.” Each session lasts from one to two hours, and most clients come only once. But sometimes people do return if, for example, they suddenly decide to pick up a ciga- rette after a year of being smoke-free. It depends on each person, Abreu says. She always checks on her clients af- terward, and most of them don’t need further help. The reason for this success is that she helps them find the root of the problem themselves. “If you’re doing something you don’t like, it’s because of something that happened way back when,” she explains. When clients can discover what happened, they can find a way to fix the problem. It could be that someone said or did some-

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