Hypnotic Regression is Sometimes Cruel.

Some hypnotist believe that results can be achieved when a hypnotist regresses a person to an initial sensitizing event (ISE). An initial sensitizing event is the first time a person originally experienced a trauma. Through hypnosis the hypnosis subject can be led back in time to re-experience the event and reevaluated it with objectivity with an adult awareness. Regression to initial sensitizing events can bring about very dramatic results. There is however a major downside.

The downside of regression is bringing the client through a deep and traumatic event. The hypnotist is essentially forcing the client to re-experience the trauma. I warn neophyte hypnotists to be prepared. It is very messy. Most of the time the results are positive, but when it’s is not the hypnotist will only successfully re-traumatized their client. I personally take no pleasure and watching a client, whom I am responsible for, writhing around in the hypnosis chair crying and screaming as they go through their original trauma.

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What many hypnosis schools completely fail to mention is that going to an initial sensitizing event is completely unnecessary. In fact, there are many hypnosis schools that accept regression too ISE with dogmatic fervor. For some, to even question to use of regression is to go against scripture. Be cautious if the hypnotist you’re working with insists that regression is the only hypnotic solution available.

Understand, if hypnosis is making changes to the subconscious mind there’s no reason to make those changes through the messy work of regression. This is what distinguishes what you’ll experience at New Hampshire Hypnosis from many other hypnosis centers.

My mentor, Jeffrey Stephens, was very clear about his opposition to regression to ISE. Having been a hypnotist for over 20 years and done the Stephens Hypnosis Method for nearly 10 years I can confirm that a hypnotist will get the same dramatic results completely free of regression to traumatic events.

If you’ve gotten positive results with regression consider it is only ONE option to making dramatic and positive change in your clients. Consider working with a hypnotist who has mastered ALL the methods of hypnosis.

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