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Rima believes she was a miner in one of her past lives. She first approached Myrna Saadeh, a psychiatrist specializing in hypnotherapy, as a skeptic. Saadeh's own inexplicable panic attacks are what pushed her to pursue integrative medicine.While past-life regression therapy has gained traction in the West – one out of four Americans now believe they've had past lives, a massive jump from a decade ago, according to a Gallup poll – the trend has a tougher time in Lebanon, facing challenges not only from the medical establishment but also from influential religious authorities. Abdulrahim-Santl has recently trained over 45 hypnotherapists, many of whom practice past-life regression.Mallat has also seen his practice grow in popularity as a result of people's disillusionment with more traditional forms of therapy.For those not prepared to plunge into past lives, other lesser-known forms of PTSD therapy have caught the attention of the medical establishment and moved into the mainstream.Abdulrahim-Santl echoed this, saying that believing in reincarnation and connection to past lives is not the point of the approach.
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