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Change Your Mind--Change Your Life

Maui Transformations offers solutions to stress, anxiety and illness.

November 15, 2012
Cindy Schumacher , The Maui Weekly

Kihei resident Maribeth Theisen, MSW, LCSW, CCHT, is unique to Maui. She claims, "if you change your mind, you can change your life."

With master degrees in social work and counselor education, Theisen is a highly educated and experienced therapist who practiced as a mental health counselor, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist for over 30 years.

Theisen has recently been asked to write scholarly reviews for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She has taught hypnotherapy at the University of North Texas, Hypnotherapy Academy of America, University of Hawai'i Maui College and the Hypnotherapy Institute of Maui, which she founded.

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Maribeth Theisen can help transform your life for optimum mental and physical health.

At her Maui Transformations office in Kihei, or by telephone or Skype sessions, Theisen educates and guides clients on how the conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds work, and how to change the programming of the subconscious mind in order to create new beliefs and new behaviors.

"We on Maui hold much beauty within ourselves while experiencing such splendor every day," said Theisen. "Yet, like people who live anywhere else, we still suffer over daily issues in our lives."

It appears that our stresses are a result of memories and anxieties we have experienced and may not even remember. The problem is when our thoughts are imbued with painful memories of persons, places or things.

The intellect working alone can't solve these problems, because the intellect only manages them.

"We want and need to let them go!" said Theisen.

When experiencing hypnotherapy, the painful thoughts become neutralized or purified and then released.

"So, there is a brand new healthy state of mind," she said.

In the principle that governs hypnotherapy, the client is guided to the core belief or initial event that, though long forgotten, gave rise to the problem.

"Hypnotherapy utilizes many methods," said Theisen.

Suggestion therapy saturates the subconscious mind with positive ideas and images. Regression therapy may uncover and heal emotional influence from early life.

"It's not your circumstances that determine your feelings and outcomes, it is your thoughts," Theisen explained. "Whatever you think--positive or negative--is what you are creating in your life."

For the most part, it isn't just about our conscious thoughts. Our subconscious mind accounts for 95 to 98 percent of our experience, she said. This automatically drives our behavior.

"The method of hypnotherapy uses a natural state of mind in which you are totally aware and in control," she explained, "yet you have to be open and receptive to make positive changes in your life."

The approach of clinical hypnotherapy is client-centered. The solutions to problems are found within the inner mind of each client. The outcome of this work is an empowering experience, such as improved performance, self-confidence, sound sleep, pain reduction, accelerated healing, weight loss, and release of anger, anxiety, trauma and more.

To de-mystify hypnotherapy, Theisen explained that hypnosis is not brainwashing.

"You are always aware and in control," she said. "You achieve the results and you can never violate your own code of ethics."

Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which includes a vast body of transformative techniques, Theisen guides her clients to a meditative state and asks a series of questions that leads the seeker to the very root of his quest.

Another process, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), stimulates areas of both the left and right brain to release emotional trauma, physical pain and negative habits--often in only a few sessions.

"EMDR helps persons to process distressing memories and to resolve them," Theisen said.

Additional methods such as Psych-K, kinesiology, acupressure and Brain Gym also empower her clients to achieve their highest potential.

"Theisen's work is so powerful," said Kihei resident Alison Miller. "I experience immediate results in every session. Theisen not only diagnosed my problem, but transformed it while empowering me with the tools I need for lasting change."

Another client suffering from insomnia said, "Theisen taught me self-hypnosis and now I sleep soundly all night, waking up relaxed and refreshed."

Maui Transformations also provides a Weight Enlightenment Program that helps release destructive habits to attain desired weight.

"What got you to your current weight is a set of beliefs and behaviors," Theisen said. "What will get you to your new ideal weight is a new set of beliefs and behaviors."

"I have been an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor for over 15 years," said Theisen, who has contracts with a variety of organizations and EAP providers. "Trauma and critical-incident stress all require counseling and resolution to increase job performance."

Theisen and Maui Vision Editor Eric Richter co-host a TV series titled "Maui Well Being." The shows, seen on Akaku 52, YouTube and Vimeo, focus on educating the community about options in health and wellness by showcasing Maui's holistic-care community.

"'Maui Well Being' facilitates different ways to reach your goal," said Theisen. "To achieve any goal in life, you must take conscious action to eliminate obstacles, visualize, affirm and be the change."

The "Living Naturally Pain-Free," class will be offered on Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Achieve Your New Year's Resolution," is set for Jan. 6, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Call (808) 269-2923 to pre-register.

For more information, go to Maui Contact Theisen by telephone at (808) 269-2923 or by email at



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