Last updated: 14 September 2016
Welcome to Part 2 of our comprehensive guide on regression hypnotherapy.
In this article, the 12-step regression method, which is taught worldwide at our hypnosis training seminars, will be broken down step-by-step.
After the technique breakdown, we’ve included a real-life demonstration of master hypnotist Igor Ledochowski doing regression therapy (using this exact method) to remove a woman’s fear of snakes, which had been terrifying her for 30 years.
Then, we’ll show you how to put the same technique into practice again – except this time conversationally – and in just a few minutes, too.
If, however, you’ve landed on this page having bypassed the essential principles and best practices covered in Part 1, we do urge you to take a step back and read the first article in this 2-part series.
Reason being: regression therapy is a very big topic. One where you’re dealing with someone’s (often intense) emotions and the way that person make sense of the world.
Therefore, this 12-step method will only be effective once you have an understanding of the dynamics behind regression therapy, which is covered in Part 1.
If, however you’re ready to proceed…
A FEW FINAL NOTES:
- In the below example, the client is often referred to as the “adult” and “child.” This is based on the assumption that the memory or emotional trauma you’re trying to dissolve happened in their childhood (so you’re bouncing back and forth between adulthood and childhood), however, of course this may not be always the case.
- As you work through each of the steps, which can be done very quickly once you become familiar with them, it’s important to continually give praise and encouragement to your client. Tell them they’re doing great, build up their self-confidence, comment on how well they’re handling it, and generally keep boosting their self-belief at every opportunity you get!
And for ease of use when reading this article, the links from each section, including the link to Part 1, are below:
- PART 1: [ADVANCED GUIDE] How To Master Hypnotic Regression Therapy – Part I: Essential Principles To Profoundly Transform Your Client’s Emotional Trauma
- The 12 Steps Of Regression Therapy
- Step 1: Induce Trance & Regress Using H+ & Rapport
- Step 2: Orient Fully
- Step 3: Cause Dissociation
- Step 4: Reframe
- Step 5: Find 2 Points Of Safety
- Step 6: Explain The “Safety To Safety” Loop To Adult
- Step 7: Hypnotist Coaches Adult & Adult Coaches Child
- Step 8: Reframe Adult
- Step 9: Adult Coaches Child
- Step 10: Run Cycles Several Times & Reframe Each One
- Step 11: Forgive
- Step 12: Reintegrate
- Video Demonstration: The 12-Step Regression Hypnotherapy Technique In Action – Watch Igor Ledochowski Dissolve A Woman’s Snake Phobia
- Regression Therapy Done Conversationally
- The 12 Steps Of Regression Therapy
The 12-Step Regression Hypnotherapy Method
Induce Trance & Regress Using H+ Rapport
It will generally be during your opening chat with your client where they tell you about their presenting problem, that you’ll decide whether a regression (or revivification) is in fact the best form of therapy to use.
At this stage, what you’re looking for is the revealing of some strong emotional link from their past that demonstrates an event that may need to be addressed.
Once you’ve made a mental assessment to proceed with a regression:
- “Go first” and use your (H+) to set the right intention for a successful hypnosis session
- Be sure to create a strong rapport with your client so that they trust you enough to be willing to address their concern
- Let them know you have the skills to help them resolve their issue – it’s very important that they feel safe with you
Then, start out by asking for a simple act of compliance: e.g. their eyes and attention on you.
Once you’ve got that act of compliance, your next job is to create a safety mechanism to deal with any abreaction, in the event that one occurs. (See the section “Managing Abreactions,” in Part 1 for more information).
Next, tell them that any sounds they hear around them will only help to deepen their experience.
You want them to be focusing on your voice and not to the sound of a workman ripping up the road outside so they don’t get to have the experience. It’s a concentration thing.
Your voice will guide them all the time and you will always be there with them. This is a suggestion so they don’t lose track of you.
You’re giving them a lifeline, so that no matter how immersed they get in the memories they won’t forget to listen to you.
You’re going to be there, guiding them through it, and your voice is going to go with them. That gives them a sense of security and the knowledge that they won’t be alone in this.
Tell them to feel the chair beneath them and know that they are safe, in doing so, you’re creating a safety trigger.
If things get really bad, for example, they go into an abreaction, you can pull them out and remind them to feel the chair beneath them, which has been associated with being safe.
They’ll feel safe because you’ve made the suggestion that when they feel the chair beneath them they’ll feel safe. It doesn’t have to be the chair.
It could be their breathing, a touch on the wrist, the pressure on their feet if they’re standing.
It doesn’t matter what the connection is, as long as it has the association of safety attached to it.
Once your client is compliant and ready, start with the hypnotic induction you prefer.
For example, you can use a relaxation induction or guide them down a set of stairs, giving your trance suggestions with each step.
Deepen the trance until they are relaxed and following your suggestions easily.
Say aloud that in a moment you’re going to touch their shoulder and the emotion from the event you talked about will come up.
It will be strong enough that they’ll feel it, but weak enough that it won’t overwhelm them. Then check that they’re okay with that.
This checking, of course, depends on your approach. Some people are permissive while others are more authoritarian.
The permissive approach strives to make the client feel really well cared for, like having a good bedside manner.
It helps them build their faith back up by giving them choices. Telling them to go back to the earliest experience of the emotion and asking,
“Are you okay with that?” empowers them, because they get to make a choice.
If they say no, you can simply say:
They get to make choices which naturally helps to empower them.
Meanwhile, the authoritarian approach might say something along the lines of:
This style of being direct and commanding with someone, if used too forcefully, can be a little disempowering, but it will still work and, in some instances, it might be needed. But of course, use your judgement to gauge the best approach.
In both cases, the client needs to feel that the therapist is stronger than their problem – so they have faith in the therapist even when they don’t have faith in themselves.
So, tell them that you will count from 3 down to 1 and that they’ll go back to the earliest time they experienced the emotion.
Reassure them that as soon as they get there you’ll pull them back out so they’ll always be safe. It will be intense for a moment but then it will be gone again.
Check that they’re okay with that. Then ask them if they’re ready to begin.
This is where you touch your client’s shoulder and ask them to go back in time to when they first experienced the emotion that they’re trying to change.
They may not go straight back to the initial event on the first attempt, this is normal.
So keep bouncing them back in time until they reach the initial event, the point where the emotion first appeared.
Here are some useful questions to ask to help get them orientated:
- Are they inside or outside?
- Is it day or night?
- How old are they?
- Are they alone or with others?
- What do they see or sense?
Asking these types of questions is important because…
Remember the false memory syndrome mentioned in one of the case studies in Part 1?
What you don’t want to do is ask questions that accidentally suggest a portion of the experience.
For example, if you asked: “How old are you.. are you around 7?”
You’ve just made a suggestion that could be altering the memory.
Neutral questions like these give them choices that encompass the range of what was going on at the time to orient the experience.
So when you ask: “Are you inside or outside?” Well, it has to be one or the other. But you’re letting them answer the question based on what they remember, or think they remember, rather than on what you might be suggesting.
For example, if you asked: “Are you inside?” That’s a suggestion.
Likewise if you asked: “Is your abuser there?” Some people might say no, but others will put their abuser in the scene because they’ll act on your suggestion.
So once again, you’ve made a suggestion which has the potential to change the memory.
It’s vitally important that you never ask your client leading questions that give suggestions about what they might find.
Keep your questions very short and minimal so you don’t implant a visual symbol into their trance experience, forcing them into false memory syndrome.
Keep your questions clean and work ONLY with what they give you.
Wait for their answer to each question to determine whether or not they’ve gone back to the initial event.
If not, gently touch their shoulder again and repeat the count of 3-2-1 and ask them to go back further in time to the earliest memory when they experienced the emotion.
Then ask them the same orienting questions again to help them locate the right memory.
- Asking the client to identify their age when you’re trying to orient them is useful because if your client has knowingly suffered from a particular problem since childhood, yet during regression they’re only going back a couple of years, they’ll know that they need to go back much further.
- People often ask if it’s important to go back to the initial event, the event that caused the trauma initially. The thing to remember is that these initial events are metaphors, not realities. Metaphorically, people are stuck on the idea that this event is what caused the trauma. If you go back there and fix it, then metaphorically they’ll think: “Oh, great, it’s fixed now. There’s no need for me to have all the later versions of the event.” But there’s no magic in the initial event. As long as they believe they’ve dealt with the cause, then they will have dealt with the cause.
When a client gets to the point where they’re experiencing the emotion for the first time, you need to quickly bring them back so the emotion doesn’t overwhelm them.
Let them feel it very briefly and dip their toes in the water, but be sure to bring them back so they know they’re completely safe – and that they’ll continue to be safe during the session.
So count 1-2-3, tell them they’re back in the room, back to their adult self, safe in their chair, and simply let the scene fade away. As if they’re watching it way off in the distance.
There are two important points to keep in mind about this step.
First, what is a dissociation? Well, the problem with trauma is that people feel the wrong things, like fear or anger. Too much anger causes them to get lost in the emotion so they lose all their resources. They get so consumed by it that they lose the impulse control and then act it out in harmful ways.
Likewise, fear becomes a problem when it gets a grip on you and makes you change your behavior. For example, you walk up 40 flights of stairs to avoid taking the elevator in the event that it will break down and you’ll get trapped.
Fear itself is a useful thing that keeps you safe. But when you’re constantly afraid your body pumps out an excess of chemicals like cortisol.
It starts beating itself up and destroying itself, because some emotions are destructive.
Fear and anger are short-term fixes when it’s worth paying the price to avoid a more serious consequence.
For example, would a father run into a burning house to save his baby? Of course he would, because the payoff is worth it.
Likewise, would someone slam on their brakes and pull their handbrake to avoid a collision? Of course they would. They might ruin their tires, but the alternative is considerably worse.
The problem occurs when these negative emotions become chronic, especially when the extremity of the event doesn’t match the sheer mental and physical force of the emotion.
Make no mistake, habitual fear and anger eat away at you and destroy you from the inside out. To keep that from happening, you need a way to shield yourself from them, and from the mental torture that they generate.
According to various researchers, the chemical signature of an emotion lasts from 5 to 90 seconds. The 90-second version has the most research, so we’ll use that as a benchmark. What that tells us is that any emotion that lasts longer than 90 seconds has to be recreated.
A good analogy to use when describing dissociation is that of a soap dispenser in a bathroom.
Every time you push the button a squirt of soap comes out. But when people are being overwhelmed with emotion, it’s because they keep pushing the metaphorical button.
It’s like their finger is stuck to it.
It’s become an unconscious habit, and they just keep on pushing the button until the sink is proverbially overflowing, running down the sides of the basin so it makes a gooey mess all over the floor.
So a dissociation is a way to disconnect the mental machinery that pushes this mental button.
It puts a cap on the dispenser so that pushing the button no longer activates it, so the fear doesn’t get triggered any more. And the best way you do this is through symbolism.
For example, suppose you’re face to face with a tiger.
How big would it seem? Pretty big.
Are you in danger? Yes, you probably are.
Now imagine the tiger a mile away from you. How big does it seem now? Are you in the same kind of danger? No, you’re not.
So the ideas of size and distance can be used to teach us that these things mean safety. The abreaction drill, which was mentioned in Part 1, is all about dissociation.
When you say to move that scene off into the distance, or let the scene fade, that’s to be able to dissociate enough so it stops impinging and helps your client muster the resources to get rid of it.
And secondly, why do the counting?
When you count 3-2-1 and say to go back to the earliest experience of the emotion, you’re giving them a trigger for something to happen. It’s a classic hypnosis technique.
A will happen, and as a result, B will happen. You control A and then the unconscious mind will control B.
It’s an association you’re creating through suggestion.
The trigger could be clapping your hands, snapping your fingers, or touching their forehead. The device you use is not important.
What’s important is that the logic and the meaning of your instructions are crystal clear to the person.
That’s why numbers work well here. 3-2-1 is a bit like ready, steady, go.
You use 3-2-1 to be in the memory and then 1-2-3 to be dissociated from the memory. 3-2-1 means you’re going back, and 1-2-3 means you’re going forward.
The magic is in the suggestion, and more specifically in the way their brain interprets the suggestion.
So don’t get hung up on the technique, because the magic’s not in the technique but in the other person’s brain.
This step is really important for alleviating anxiety during regression.
While your client has only experienced the emotion very briefly, chances are it was pretty intense and hit some emotional nerves. So it’s really important that you reassure them again that however intense it was, they’re completely safe now.
For example, in the snake phobia demonstration video (which we’ll be getting to shortly), when the woman went back to the earliest experience, you could distinctly hear the fear in her voice.
She was on the verge of crying. The hypnotist asked her if she was inside or outside, if she was alone or with others. Then he immediately counted her up like this:
“That’s right, one two three, adult in the room, the scene is away, let it fade all the way in the distance. All the way over there, do you see it, all the way – how old are you right now? How old are you in the room with me?”
“You’re 42 aren’t you? That was quite a thing wasn’t it. That was quite a rush, you’re calming down again now, that’s right. Did I fulfill my promise to you? It was intense wasn’t it? But you’re fine now, aren’t you? You’re safe now aren’t you? You made it through whatever happened back there didn’t you? You are doing a good job, you should be proud of yourself. Because believe it or not the hardest part is over, do you know that?”
He explained to her that her younger self thought at the time that she wouldn’t make it through. Then he said: “But you and I both know that she did make it through, because otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation, right?”
This is the reframe, telling the adult that they know something their younger self doesn’t know. Telling them that no matter how intense or frightening the experience was, they made it through. They survived it.
They know that’s true because they’re here now. Their younger self probably didn’t think they would survive it, but the adult knows they made it because they’re here at this point in their life.
This stage is all about checking how the adult is doing. Because she had such an intense phobia, the hypnotist had to make sure she only stepped into the memory and experienced the intense emotion for a very short time, and only on cue under controlled conditions.
Find 2 Points Of Safety
The idea here is to have the adult/child remember an experience and feeling of safety before and after the initial sensitizing event.
There are two things to keep in mind at this stage. First, the initial sensitizing event (ISE) refers to the event that caused the trauma in the first place.
Do you need to go back to the initial event? No. You can use any memory, because memories are simply metaphorical representations of our past. The reasons for going for the ISE are:
- It’s a belief thing. If they believe this is where it started, they’ll believe this is where it finishes. When that no longer bothers them, they’ll believe it doesn’t have to affect them any more. It’s the belief that changes and not necessarily the memory. And once your belief changes, everything changes.
- You could work with the most recent memory and release that, but if they have other memories of the same feeling, they may accidentally recreate the problem by thinking about them. Going back and clearing up all the memories creates an expectation that they’ve mastered all such events now instead of having mastered only the latest version, in which case anything new like this might still be a problem.
You can still do regression therapy on something that happened recently, but the thing that really matters is the person’s attitude at the end of the session. Do they feel like the problem’s been resolved?
The second thing to bear in mind is that there is no adult inside them or child inside them, it’s just them. It’s just a symbol that’s useful to change the way the person relates to the memory.
With the safety to safety loop, you need to identify a moment of safety before and after the event.
There was a time before the event when they were safe, and there was a time after the event when they were safe.
Get this information by asking the adult when was a safe time before the event, and when was a safe time after the event. The woman with the snake phobia felt safe on the bus before the event happened. However, she didn’t feel safe after the event until a couple of hours later, when she was sitting on her father’s lap in the kitchen.
Here’s another example. If your client reveals that as a child, they once got lost when they were playing with their friend in a park, then this is your anchor. It’s the exact moment before their fun and excitement turned to fear and trauma.
And then after the traumatic event, if they were being cuddled by their parents and feeling safe again – this your after anchor.
Helping your client find these points of safety during a regression is very important as it helps them put the event and its associated emotion into context, making it less traumatic.
Explain The Safety To Safety Loop To Adult
Explain that you are going to ask them to step inside the scene at the point where they were safe before the sensitizing event occurred.
Then ask your subject to fast forward through the intense part of the scene, to the place of safety after the event. It’s important to tell them that it will be nowhere near as intense as it was the first time they experienced it.
When they’re ready, instruct them to do what you have explained, ask them to step inside the scene of the safe place before the event, then ask them to move quickly through the traumatic event, to their safe place after the event. Then count 1-2-3 and bring the adult back to the present, into the room safe with you.
You’re preparing them for what to expect, dropping them into the scene, running through it quickly so it’s done and they’re feeling safe again, and then pulling them out of the scene.
For the snake phobia lady, being on the bus, and then being at home with her father, were moments where she felt safe.
Although, she was still feeling terrified at the latter point, the thought of sitting on her father’s lap and being comforted made her smile and laugh. She was technically safe a long time before that, but she didn’t feel safe.
The safety to safety loop is a way of reframing the memory to give it a different meaning. It’s a question of symbolic context. Changing the meaning of something changes the entire experience.
For example, if someone asked you if they could burn your hand, you’d say no way. If they then made it clear that they were either going to burn yours or your child’s hand – and that you had to decide which hand gets burnt – you’d of course choose your own hand because symbolically the situation has a different meaning now.
Another point to keep in mind is this: Throughout this step in the snake phobia demonstration video, the woman kept getting frightened by the memory of the experience.
As soon as the hypnotist spotted the change in her facial expression and the tone of her voice, he immediately pulled her back out again, telling her she was safe in the room, to let the scene fade, and so on.
So it’s important to continually monitor your client and respond to any similar changes, because otherwise you risk making the trauma worse.
You can run this loop a few times, each time going in and out more quickly. With each “loop” the emotion will get less and less intense because the client will realize that everything ends up being completely safe.
Hypnotist Coaches Adult & Adult Coaches Child
This next step involves the hypnotist explaining to the adult that while the child doesn’t know that they survived the experience, the adult does. The adult is here safe with you in the room today.
This should be done while they’re in a trance, and can be done by asking the adult how their younger self would react if they knew that they were going to go through a very unpleasant experience soon but they’d be safe again afterwards.
Ask them how that would have impacted them as their younger self? Naturally, it would have made them feel a lot better.
So in this step, the hypnotist coaches the adult, and then the adult coaches the child, and then steps back into the loop. But this time the child knows that they will be safe again after the experience.
So you might say:
And then ask the adult to step back into the loop, to the safe time before the event, through the event, to the time after the event when they felt safe, and then back to the present with you again.
By moving through the loop quickly, from safety to intense emotion back to safety, the whole event starts to blend together into one memory that just happened to have an unusual reaction in the middle.
Try running through the loop 3 or more times, telling your subject that with each rerun of the loop, their emotion gets less and less intense. You want to run the loop until the emotion has been significantly reduced.
This can be done very quickly just by saying:
“Step on in, run the loop, and come back out again.”
While they’re still in trance, bring the adult back into the room so that the scene fades away.
At this point, you want to get the adult ready to coach their younger self, as they have lived through and survived the traumatic event, and gained many resources they didn’t have as a child.
Explain to the adult that they will go back again to the time of the event and speak to the child, to the younger version of themselves, to help them understand what will happen and that they’re safe again after the event.
The event happened, but the child was safe before, and they were safe after it.
Adult Coaches Child
After you’ve done the reframe, run through the loop again and have the adult coach their younger self.
The idea is for the adult to help the child understand that everything was safe and fine before the event, and everything will be safe again after the event.
This is because: no matter how traumatic the event was, they survived. The adult self is sitting here right now, talking with them.
So again drop the adult into the loop, going back in time to move through the loop quickly, safety to emotion to safety, and then have the adult tell the child that everything is okay.
The event lasted a short time, but it’s over now. The child was safe before the event and after the event. They survived.
This is cognitive therapy. The word coaching implies empowerment and success. When the adult self is talking to the child self, it’s really just symbolism. They’re really just talking to themselves.
By coaching the child, the adult is taking on an empowered role, and if you’re empowered as an adult, you’re empowered as a child, because they’re both co-existing within the same person.
The adult here is mustering their resources like a good mother or father to be a role model for the child, which helps build the child up. So when the child goes through the experience again it becomes an empowering memory. The very thing that used to traumatize them now empowers them.
Run Cycles Several Times & Reframe Each One
Run through the loop until the emotion has been completely drained and replaced with peace, or perhaps even relief.
You can do this by checking with the adult that:
- they feel safe
- know everything turned out well
- are doing a great job
- the emotion is getting less and less intense every time they re-experience it
And as the hypnotist, you’ll also notice a significant difference in their overall physical demeanour as a result of the peace, relief or even empowerment that they now feel.
At this point in the snake phobia demo, you’ll notice how the therapist is always positive, always encouraging, always reminding her of what a good job she’s doing and about how she’s perfectly safe.
This step is really just a case of repetition. Once they’ve accepted the safety to safety loop as a metaphor for being safe overall, you just keep going over it, emphasizing safety to safety and de-emphasizing the problem.
By repeating the loop you’re conditioning the new response so they have a strong reference experience of not having the problem anymore.
Keep repeating the loop until there’s no doubt, so they’re remembering the new memory which is a memory where the trauma was not traumatic anymore but was actually empowering.
Going back to the snake phobia example, the woman starts laughing. They do 2 or 3 cycles where she’s actually laughing her head off.
She’s starting to enjoy the experience, and then it becomes a real resource. In fact, some time later after the session she sent the hypnotist a picture. It was a photo of her, in a pet shop, with a boa constrictor wrapped around her neck, and a huge beaming smile on her face.
This step involves getting the adult to forgive everyone that they may have blamed as a child for the traumatic event.
By forgiving them they can release the negative emotion that’s been smoldering away in their unconscious mind for years and years.
The adult can also tell the child how proud they are of them, how courageous and brave they think they are.
The child was a little kid when the event happened.
They didn’t know any better.
Perhaps there were other people there at the time that should have known better, like siblings or parents or other grown-ups.
It could be that they should have protected the child, done something or done something differently that would have made the situation less frightening or eliminated the situation entirely.
It’s time for the adult to forgive everyone involved in the event.
Whatever happened may have resulted in the child feeling resentment or anger towards other people – so it’s important to hear the adult forgive each and every one of them out loud. Or if they feel more comfortable, they can do it in the privacy of their head.
But it’s important that they go through each person individually and tell them:
- how they felt about what happened
- how angry or scared they were
- what they thought the other person should have done – but didn’t
And then forgive each person as best as they can.
Finally, the adult should forgive the child.
The event was not the child’s fault, because the child was just a child at the time. The adult may have suffered as a result of what happened, but that wasn’t the child’s fault.
The child was just a little kid so the adult has to accept that fact, and forgive the child by having an open and frank conversation about the event.
The role of forgiveness is technically not important in regression.
Regression can be done successfully just by removing the trauma from the memory.
The purpose of the forgiveness work is so the person doesn’t create a new trauma by beating themselves up afterwards, thinking: I’m stupid, why did I have to suffer all this time? They kick themselves for so long that they create a new problem.
In the snake phobia example, the woman spent 30 years terrified of snakes and scared herself to death every time she saw a snake – or even just thought about snakes.
By the end of the hour long session she was suddenly no longer afraid of snakes. A lot of people in her shoes would be tempted to say:
Those thoughts will make them feel just as bad about the event and they might recreate some form of other trauma just by feeling bad about it in a different way. So forgiveness, which is basically a reframe, draws a line in the sand and says:
We don’t need to keep going back to this, we’re done with this. There’s no need to keep reliving this past.
The woman with the snake phobia had a troubled relationship with her mother. So using symbolism, her mother had her face taped up so she couldn’t criticize her. The woman thought her mother and father should have helped her with the event, but they weren’t there.
So her feeling of malcontent bubbles away in the background and creates another kind of problem.
The whole forgiveness strategy is just a metaphor to change the meaning, to say that whatever happened, happened, but you don’t need to hold onto it any more. You don’t need to add any more fuel to the fire, you’re done with that.
The final step in the process is to reintegrate the child and the adult, to enable the child to “grow up” with the new resources that the adult has gained throughout their life and as a result of the hypnotherapy process.
The adult has forgiven the child and can give them a hug to show that there is no longer any blame, resentment or hard feelings over what happened.
To start the reintegration, ask the adult to imagine melting right into the child’s body and becoming one with the child.
It’s important that this isn’t rushed, that they take as long as they need to feel this mental merging of child and adult.
The next step involves guiding the integrated child/adult through all the stages of their life – starting with the age they were at when the event happened, but this time from the position of their new-found resourceful state.
When doing so, be sure to name the stages of development you’re taking them through.
In the snake phobia video, the therapist did it like this:
“Go ahead and tell her in no uncertain terms, make her ears glow. And whilst you’re doing that, give her a big hug and bring her inside you.
Feel her growing up through the ages into those teenage years, where all those changes are happening, but now with all that extra vitality and energy that’s free. Snakes, ha!
Still realizing the difference between safety and caution, but no need for fear as she grows older, into a young woman, 18, 19, 20s and there’s a big wide world waiting for her, 25, growing older.
Falling in love falling out of love, falling in love again, finding the right person, getting married and the whole lifetime free from a fear. The relief that it brings. And that sense of conviction in yourself that you can have in yourself until one day you’ll find yourself sitting on a ship that doesn’t go anywhere. Feeling simply fantastic, right?”
“Looking back on a life that’s been full of very good moments, hasn’t it?
So here’s the great part, as you look forward to the future as good as things were in the past, it’s only going to get better now. Because the anchor you’ve been dragging around yourself for all these years, it’s gone isn’t it?”
And then to end the reintegration, do a wonderful hypnotic blitz and give them a hypnotic gift at the end. This will of course depend on the client’s own trance themes and what kind of trauma they went through.
But always emphasize safety and the fact that they made it right up until now.
Once you’ve finished your blitz, you can count them back up out of trance, bringing them back into the room feeling refreshed, relaxed and filled with energy. It’s important not to rush them, but to let them come back to normal wakefulness slowly and comfortably. This might take just a few seconds, or it could take several minutes, depending on how they feel and their readiness to return.
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The 12-Step Regression Hypnotherapy Technique In Action: Watch Igor Ledochowski Dissolve A Woman’s Snake Phobia
And to see how you piece all of the above steps together (in the infamous snake demo that we’ve been referencing), watch the video below to see Igor help a woman get over her severe phobia created by an extremely traumatic event as a young child, using regression hypnotherapy.
There you have it! The ultimate guide to regression hypnotherapy.
In case you had any doubt before, we hope you can now see how regression therapy can be used as an incredibly powerful force for good in the world.
It gives you, as the hypnotist, the ability to have a seriously profound impact on the lives of your clients by helping them resolve issues from their past.
Or, otherwise put, it empowers them to let go and forgive past grievances so they can eliminate the slow burning negativity from their life once and for all – which really is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give anyone.
… now, who wouldn’t benefit from this?