Interview with Hypnotherapist Nick Ong6 min read
First off thank you for taking time to get involved in this interview for our readers.
We first met during a presentation you did in a co-working space in Penang that introduced us to the possibilities that hypnotherapy can offer in helping us achieve our goals. These could be goal setting to simply breaking old habits.
I had my first session with you recently to have help stop picking my fingers with hypnotherapy. So far, the results have been amazing and now a few weeks later have yet to break new flesh!
Following my success breaking a 30-year habit, I wanted to delve more into the potential of hypnotherapy and thought an interview would be just the opportunity.
So, let’s jump straight into this with my first question.
1. Can you give us a little background about you, where you were born and what jobs you have done in the past?
Sure, Adam. I was born and raised in Penang. Then I spent 4 years in Melbourne, Australia when I was working on my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering in University of Melbourne.
After that, I started out as an engineer and later on got involved in training as a technical trainer. I now run an engineering solution company and a personal development company that offers corporate training as well as one on one coaching including hypnotherapy.
2. What first sparked your interest in hypnotherapy?
That’s a good question. How long do we have? [grinned]
I remember 14 years ago I was going through a very rough time in my life. In fact, it was the lowest point in different areas of my life such as financial, career, relationship and health. I was in depression.
To help myself, I embarked on a journey of self discovery and got my hands on books that could help end my struggles. One of the books was “Many Lives Many Masters” by Dr Brian Weiss who is renown psychiatrist that wrote about how he managed to treat psychiatric patients via regression therapy based on hypnosis.
I was deeply fascinated by the miracle like transformation documented in the book.
It took me years before I finally went through the professional training and got myself certified as a clinical hypnotherapist and regressionist.
3. What sort of conditions have you successfully managed to treat with hypnosis?
Quite a variety, I would say. Some are mental conditions while others are physical.
Mental conditions include anxiety disorder, panic attack, clinical depression, OCD, insomnia, anger and other emotional issues.
Physical ones include nausea, vertigo with underlying root cause due to emotions. Others include smoking cessation
Sometimes the therapy is more effective when it is coupled with other modalities such as NLP techniques and behavioural cognitive therapy. I use them in my sessions to help my clients start a new patterns and habits.
I also help clients overcome unconscious limiting conditioning so that they can move to the next level in their business or career.
4. Are there limitations of hypnosis?
Yes, there are. As hypnosis depends very much on the ability of the clients to understand the language the hypnotherapist uses and the willingness to cooperate in the therapy, there are certain groups of people who are less suitable for hypnosis.
- Infants and children below 4 who are lack of concentration span
- Psychotics who are withdrawn and unable to concentrate
- People with IQ lower than 70 who is difficult to communicate with
- Paranoids who are not trusting and suspicious
- People who are over 80 who find it difficult to concentrate
- People who don’t understand the hypnotherapist’s language
However, there are exceptions to all of the above.
5. I am intrigued with the treatments you offer, such as regression therapy and NLP. Can you outline how you use these and whether hypnosis is part of these treatments.
Regression therapy is used to address conditions by uncovering the root cause and affect change while the clients are in hypnotic state. In most cases, there is an emotion charge due to the meanings the client gave to a usually forgotten past event. By revisiting the event and assist the client to interpret the experience from a different perspective, the emotion charge is then released. As you can guess it, regression therapy is usually used in emotional cases.
NLP is sometimes called “awake” hypnosis as most of its techniques put client into light hypnotic state. This happens without the clients closing their eyes. They are effective in changing the way a client feel about things and patterns. They can also change the state a client is in rapidly when it is done correctly. Similar to hypnosis, NLP techniques deal with the unconscious mind.
6. I can see that hypnotherapy could be addictive when you see how effective it can be. When I asked you about this, you mentioned that you saw the need to help teach people how to self-hypnosis. Can you talk a bit about your “MindTrance Self-Hypnosis” training?[Laugh]
Hypnotherapy was supposed to help people stop addiction. But I do see your point.
Most people enjoy the process of hypnotherapy because they experience deep relaxation that most people so much need in our modern fast paced world. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system that is calming and beneficial to our health.
I teach “MindTrance Self Hypnosis” training to people who want to learn how to put themselves into hypnotic state. Why would they want to do that? There are many reasons. Simply put, the training teaches them the method to communicate with the unconscious mind. Our unconscious mind is in charge of many thing in our lives including our autonomic body functions, immune system, emotions, habits and patterns, long term memory and others. It is not difficult to imagine the possibilities when the bridge to the unconscious mind is made available.
Some of former participants managed to improve the quality of their lives as well as unleashing their potentials by overcoming the unconscious limitation.
MindTrance Self Hypnosis Training is a two full day class that is validated by UK General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.
7. What’s next for your business and you personally? Are there any treatments that interest you that you would like to add to existing arsenal?
Realising that most mental and physical conditions originate from excessive stress, I decide to assist the community by offering trainings to the corporate world where the most stress is experienced.
This year onwards, we are offering HRDF certified trainings to companies that wish to help their employees better manage their stress level for optimum performance and tap into their true potentials. Companies can claim the cost of the trainings from the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).
These trainings include “Make Stress Your Friend At Work”, “Program Your mind for Excellence” and “Supercharge Your Communication Skills”. They are all based on techniques and concepts that I use in my therapy and coaching and find them effective.
There is still so much to learn in the field of hypnosis and its application. It is a long term project to continuously sharpen and enhance my knowledge and skills.