Hypnotherapy Forms Hypnoanalysis

In most cases, phobias and compulsive behaviors can be tied to past experiences and repressed trauma. This is where age regression hypnosis comes in. Some consider this to be the most effective form of hypnotherapy for these specific issues because age regression hypnosis involves getting to the root cause of the problem and then reversing negative responses.

What is Age Regression Hypnosis?

Age regression hypnosis employs hypnotherapy to recall memories from an earlier time in a patient’s life. It differs from other hypnotherapy methods because it explores the origin of an issue through past experiences to resolve it. This is always necessary for most other hypnotherapy cases. Thus age regression hypnosis—also known as hypnoanalysis reaches the subconscious mind by accessing memories.

History of Age Regression Hypnosis

Hypnoanalysis first officially appeared in 1895 with the publication of “Studies in Hysteria”by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and Joseph Breuer (1842-1925). The age regression method was explored as a new take on psychotherapy and Freud eventually drifted from hypnotherapy to further explore psychoanalysis.

Frenchman Pierre Janet (1859-1947) published a study on age regression hypnosis around the same time and hypnoanalysis came into regular use as a hypnotherapy technique. It was later used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans of both world wars.

Hypnoanalysis has faced its share of controversy because recalling and even reliving traumatic experiences can be sensitive and sometimes even considered dangerous. Cases of “false memory syndrome,” where hypnotherapists guide patients into creating and recalling fictional memories have been well publicized in recent decades.

Age Regression Hypnosis Techniques

Hypnotherapists typically use two types of hypnoanalysis to reach the unconscious mind: goal directed and exploratory regression. Goal directed hypnotherapy is the easier of the two because it uses age regression to accomplish a specific goal, such as overcoming a phobia.

Exploratory regression is a broader technique because it involves using hypnoanalysis to see what patients might uncover from their past. Age regression hypnosis techniques work by finding the root cause of a specific issue tied to past experiences. By finding the cause of the behavior, patients can be guided by a therapist to change their response to the experience, resulting in a change of behavior.

Age regression hypnosis has proven to be effective in overcoming repressed trauma, compulsive behaviors or thinking and phobias.

Choosing Age Regression Hypnosis

While hypnoanalysis is effective for overcoming negative behaviors and thoughts tied to past experiences, it can be traumatic for the patient to relive such negative past events. In some cases an inexperienced therapist can even lead the patient to eventually create false memories. The best way to decide whether to use age repression hypnosis is to schedule a consultation with an experienced Hypnotherapist who has received hypnoanalysis training.


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