An island of serenity in a sea of anxiety

I visited the charming Dr. Milly Lacle, a Holistic Psychologist & Hypnotherapist but foremost an emotional pain intuitive, in her space on Katunastraat 9, Ponton, and spent a most-enjoyable hour talking to her about – drum roll – inner peace.

These are such turbulent times, that we only talk about politics and the economy. Not on Katunastraat, here we tend to the soul.

According to Milly, and we all agree, life can be hard, but then she interjects with an astounding statement that finding inner peace doesn’t have to be.

Apparently, we have inner peace built into our systems, it’s there, all we have to do is tap into it, but early on in life, because of a traumatic experience – and traumatic sits on a wide spectrum and ranges from an insult to an accident, an incident or a loss – we begin building protective walls surrounding our vulnerable self, some even gain weight for added padding and protection, and we live our lives like medieval cities, behind layers of fortifications, that naturally prevent us from connecting to other people in a meaningful way. Duh.

This whole thing of being a snail, safeguarded in a bullet-proof shell has lots of physical besides emotional consequences, we become anxious, sleepless, fidgety, we medicate, drink, sleep around, we’re bitchy, and over-sensitive, drama kings and queens.

We are who we are, and we suffer enormously for not being able to get out of our way.

The most pronounced physical aspect of holding on to old hurts is shallow breathing, Milly explains, fast, and superficial inhalations and exhalations, which deprive our inner organs from much needed oxygen, and those organs then protest, delivering high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction and a whole dictionary of modern-day plagues. These short, shallow breaths freeze us in a permanent state of stress, resulting in fatigue, lack of motivation, anger, fear and general malaise.

Milly suggests a simple remedy, learning to breath anew, supplying our amazing physiognomy with the fuel it requires and then looking at those early wounds, in a safe and confidential space, acknowledging and honoring their effect on our life, and moving on.

Her patients she says, commit to a maximum of six sessions, no you don’t have to lie on her couch forever, and she will not medicate you, she will teach you to breath and the rest will take care of itself, you will be liberated, guaranteed.

Surprisingly, her journey began at Clinica Miseracordia in SN with Dr. Carlin Brown. Remember the affable medicine-man who was the island’s ONLY homeopathic physician-acupuncturist-certified nutritionist-reflexologist-chiropracfor, all wrapped into one? He once told me in an interview: “Come to me, if all else fails, consult me anytime, if you are dissatisfied with the results of my treatment you can always have your pain refunded.”

Milly reports she has been interested in the holistic field since then, since she helped Dr Brown treat the causes, not the symproms in his patients, and over the last 20 years, she has been involved with Human Resources of her family enterprises, and finishing her education alongside her kids. They graduated, and so did she! 

Over the years Milly obtained her Psychology degree from Columbus University in Panama and a Masters in Mental Health from the University of Leon, Spain. She is a certified Hypnotherapist by the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists, as well as a Master Hypnotist by Banyan Hypnosis Center both in the 7th Path Self-Hypnosis and 5th Path Hypnosis programs. Additionally, Milly is a licensed practitioner for Neuro-Linguistic Programming by NLP Life Training. She has an entire wall festooned with diplomas.

Born in El Salvador and raised in Panama, Milly has been calling Aruba home for over twenty-six years, and she offers her services in English, Spanish and Papiamento. She is especially interested in kids, who suffer from health of behavioral trouble.

“With every opportunity to see my patients, my purpose remains the same,” she explains,” to offer a space and a method that leads to permanent healing. My mission is to inspire and allow each person to find the power they hold, to uncover their real needs, and to be fascinated by their uniqueness. My promise to my patients is to offer understanding without judgment and to help them achieve peace of mind. I am committed to total confidentiality, and I am thankful for the gift of trust.”

So, if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and all else failed, Dr. Milly Lacle is a good option, and if you are dissatisfied with the results of her treatment you can always have your pain refunded.


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June 23, 2020
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