There are many experiences in life that people do not remember simply because the mind does not record them. Then there are those experiences that the conscious mind forgets, but the subconscious keeps a detailed record. With regression therapy, a person can retrieve minute details about experiences from a week ago or from their early childhood.
Some regression techniques even take people back to times before they were born to help them resolve issues they believe have carried over to the present. For a hypnotherapist, the techniques to use to conduct a regression hypnosis are similar to those employed in other types of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy will help to access repressed memories where traumas started but will allow the person to avoid feeling traumatized again. The skills you have as a hypnotherapist have much to do with ensuring your patients feel safe and secure when they relive difficult memories.
Regression therapy has been extremely helpful in helping people overcome phobias, inner conflict, and other problems. It allows them to get on with their lives without being held back by fear.
One technique that is popular is called Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique or QHHT. It allows an individual to connect to the soul and get clear answers about purpose, relationships, careers and more. It can help people heal from physical ailments brought on by traumatic memories and experiences.
You want to have a comfortable place in which to perform regression hypnosis. It should be at the right temperature, and it helps if the colors in the room are neutral ones or are soothing pastels.
Make sure your patients wear comfortable, loose clothing and have a place for them to sit or lie comfortably. Once they are comfortable, you can begin the session by allowing them to know what to expect. Let them know that you will gently guide them to their hypnotic state as well as release them from it. If any memory recall becomes too traumatic for them, reassure them that you will guide them away from those memories.
You will then instruct them to close their eyes and count them down to their state of hypnosis. The technique does not have to be specific because it is up to you as the hypnotherapist to sense how a patient is reacting to the entire process. Some people can get put into a trance with a count of 10. Others may take more time.
Some hypnotists will use their hands to press down on the patient’s hands to indicate that they need to go further into their trance. The process is up to you. As you get more practice following the training you have received, you will be able to develop a technique that you are comfortable with and that you find is most effective in helping patients get at their repressed emotions.
You also always want to follow the client’s feelings. If they are strong once you have placed them under hypnosis, trust that they have regressed. Remember that there is a contrast between a client reviving a memory and recalling it in detail to you and regressing into the moment that thought developed. When they regress, they are more apt to talk about the type of voice that they had when the memory improved. They will speak as if the details of the memory are happening in real time and not in the past.
As the hypnosis session gets underway, you will want to take notes. As long as you have obtained your patient’s permission before the session, you may also record that session or make a video of it. Some people want to view their regressions, and others do not.
Be a calm force for your patient. Know that much of their repressed memories can hold difficult emotions. If the patient ever has what is called an abreaction, you want to quickly but calmly get them mentally away from the memory that they are experiencing. You can do this by telling them at the count of 3 that they will be back in the present moment. Abreactions occur when the patient loses all track of time and space and become completely immersed in the memory.
Regression hypnosis takes practice and patience. It is a rewarding technique that can help free many people from emotional limitations.