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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  06:12:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am working with a young lady that has a fear of storms. She has had this fear since childhood, either steming from being struck by ball lightening or being locked in a closet by a trusted family babysitter. Looking back she is not sure which event came first, and it could be that the latter has served to deepen her storm anxiety. The fear can be quite debilitating depending on the severity of the storm. She has spoken to various councelors about this with no success.

When she came to me for weight loss she was very receptive to hypnosis and within minutes she is deep in a somnambulistic state. Because of her recent weight loss success she asked if I could help her with this. All I have read on the subject tells me that suggestion and affirmation may not be enough. I believe we must find and release whatever anxiety she is hanging on to. Hence, my problem.

As of yet I have not done any regression hypnosis. I know (mechanics wise) what has to be done, but just don't have an idea of how the session should flow. Does anyone have any ideas, or possibly a rough script to help me achieve her regression. (And any caveats I should watch for)


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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  3:25:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The mechanics are easy, but the problem is that you are likely to cause an abreaction which you have no experience in controling, and that can be serious. I would not be comfortable explaining how to do it without knowing your experience level, since a mistake could cause harm. Further, others read what is posted, and some are not as cautious as you.
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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  9:13:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by anthony

The mechanics are easy, but the problem is that you are likely to cause an abreaction which you have no experience in controling, and that can be serious. I would not be comfortable explaining how to do it without knowing your experience level, since a mistake could cause harm. Further, others read what is posted, and some are not as cautious as you.


Here is a little more information about the situation. Please read my entire post before making a decision.

This may be important to you so I will tell you up front. I do have a background with my subject although my interaction with her is purley on a professional level. It is not a deep personal relationship, but we have been friends for close to 14 years. I am 36 years old. (If that matters) We became acquainted in college and became good friends there. After graduation we might see each other at most twice a year before I started doing her weight loss sessions. Other than this phobia she is a level headed individual with no other psychological issues. She is 39 years old and has lived with this fear since she was a young teen. In college there were days she would have to go to the center, bottom-most floor of a building just to get away from the thunder. Today her symptoms are not quite as severe unless the storm is, in her words, "shaking the rafters" She can't drive in storms and has issues if she can see outside. She feels the need to insulate herself. As for the abusive babysitter. This person would lock her in closets, during storms while her parents were away. Because of the age and reputation of the babysitter and because of my clients "imagination" at her age, her complaints were not given much weight. This and the fact that she was struck by ball lightening around the same age I think bind these issues together.

Now for me:
Here is where you may advise her to run. All of my knowledge and experience come from the multitude of books and notes I have read on the subject. I want you to understand, I have NO illusions of grandeur. I fully realize that I have no formal training and no psychology or psychiatric degree. This is one reason I am asking for help. My interest is in her well being and if I feel comfortable doing this it will be at no profit and I want to be as fully versed in the procedure as I can. I truly want to help this person. Since I don't have a slew of letters after my name it is hard to give you an idea of my qualifications. I started several years ago, practicing with friends, more as an interest. As my skill grew so did my respect for what could be done with hypnosis. I began reading more and doing free sessions for things like smoking cessation and weight loss. My skills have improved with time and I am good at what I do, but that is it. I have never done THIS. That is what I need guidance with. Can a person who has not done regression before do it and most importantly, do it safely? I am very comfortable with this person. I know her and I know how to read her. I am also a very controlled guide. If controlling an abreaction is a matter of noticing any distress and backing her out, I feel comfortable doing that. But, as I said, I've never done it before and never seen it before. My only misgiving is "the unknown".

If you will ask specifics, I will do my best to answer. If you would like to share your e-mail address with me I will be glad to converse with you about this subject privately so that you do not have to worry about "other eyes" at least.

Thank you for your response

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Posted - 05/10/2006 :  12:40:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In 51 years of practice, I have had only had a few intense and highly emotional abreactions that could seem frightening to a untrained hypnotherapist. In every case, I was able to maintain control and use the abreaction as an intregal part of the therapy. You may not need a lengthy course of training but you could search out an experienced hypnotherapist and ask if you might receive private instruction and tutoring in age regression and abreaction. For a modest sum, you could be free of your doubt and anxiety. With Respect, Gil Boyne

Gil Boyne
[Gil Passed Away May 5, 2010]

Edited by - mark-gil on 05/10/2006 12:43:18 AM
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Posted - 05/10/2006 :  1:36:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks for all your imput,

I have a friend/colleague in the area who is an accomplished accredited hypnotherapist. My go to person, if you will. He himself refuses to do regressions with his subjects because he insists that each person should deal "in the hear and now". His opinion is that there is nothing to be gained by living in the past. I am hoping he can refer me to someone who WILL be willing to share this technique with me. I will have to try desensitisation or possibly circle therapy until I can get a better handle on regression.

You can't have arrived at where you are without having been somewhere. I believe we have a lot to gain from studying our past, even if just not to make the same mistakes.
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Posted - 05/10/2006 :  3:38:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gil answered for me as well as I could have done myself, and he is quite right in saying that abreactions are rare. Unfortunately, that does not let any of us off the hook when it comes to giving advice, because even a slight chance of problems is more than we should chance when it comes to someone we care about... I have had my share of these, and have handled them properly as it happens, but certainly you can find yourself in a bind, and most especially when it is someone we are close to. If your experienced friend is not comfortable with regression for whatever reason, he is not the person you need to consult, since he is unlikely to have experienced an abreaction himself, and is unaware of how it can affect, first the client, and then the relationship later. As for trying to prepare you at a distance, I see no way that can be done, and must regretfully pass on this one for the sake of ethics. We all have a first time for everything, but someone who knowingly give advice under such circumstances is playing with fire, and for no good reason, since she can consult someone more experienced, and you can accompany her and watch how it is done, and if there is a reaction you can experience it without the responsibility of dealing with it yourself. That would certainly be my advice.
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Posted - 05/10/2006 :  6:36:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anthony's advice is sound and most likely the best course to follow.
Why risk even a remote potential for a negative affect on your relationship with your long-time friend? Seek out a professional who is competent in this area and who will be emotionally detached from the situation and the intimacy of a personal relationship.
With Respect, Gil Boyne

Gil Boyne
[Gil Passed Away May 5, 2010]

Edited by - mark-gil on 05/10/2006 6:39:54 PM
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Posted - 05/10/2006 :  10:26:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Gil, Anthony,

Thank you for your advice. The fact that I do not feel comfortable doing this procedure itself (without foreknowledge) and the fact that that lack of knowledge may put my subject at risk is exactly what is keeping me from continuing. As I said in my previous posts, the only way I would consider attempting this was IF I could gain enough knowledge to become comfortable with it. I wholeheartedly understand your apprehensiveness and reasoning. I will offer her what I can in the way of desensatisation, but for now I will have to forgo regression.
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