Regressive Therapy: Does Hypnosis Help Heal Wounds From The Past?

Regressive therapy is based on a return to the past through different techniques, such as deep relaxation or clinical hypnosis. We analyze it in detail.

Last update: 05 November, 2021

When someone talks to us about hypnosis, most automatically visualize a pendulum moving in front of their eyes, with prompts that are presented in a gentle and leisurely manner. How much is false and how much true in these ideas? Hypnosis is usually one of the most frequently used tools in regressive therapy.

For some it is a clinical tool, but for others it is esotericism or magic. There are also those who see it as a state of vulnerability due to the loss of consciousness. Let’s see what this is about.

What is regressive therapy?

Regressive therapy is based on a return to the past using different techniques, such as deep relaxation or clinical hypnosis. The objective is to relive the possible traumatic situations that give rise to the symptom or condition of the person who consults.

In this way, by mentally and emotionally reliving these situations, the trauma can be understood and a process of improvement can begin. According to the American Psychological Association, hypnosis is “A state of consciousness that involves focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness”.

As an altered state of consciousness, would allow to connect with some situations that are in the background of our mind. The therapist or whoever is in charge of hypnosis guides the patient through different words or slogans so that he or she encounters that episode that could be at the base of an emotional blockage.

In this sense, many professionals emphasize that there is no loss of consciousness. Clarifying this aspect is considered key to bring peace of mind to patients.

Preconceptions about hypnosis can be an obstacle for some patients to enter regressive therapy.

Is it a loss of consciousness?

The fact that I’m upset implies that you are more susceptible to being relaxed, connected with the suggestions of the one who guides hypnosis, but at his mercy. The latter is a widespread misconception.

As a clinical tool, it pursues well-being, much like any other technique used in therapy. In addition, people retain control over their behaviors. In this regard, Mendoza and Capafons argue that clinical hypnosis is used as an aid to other interventions, enhancing its effectiveness.

Advantages and disadvantages of regressive therapy

Those in favor of regressive therapy have the following advantages:

  • Allows the person to unlock some episodes or situations of suffering, since when recalling the trauma there is the possibility of elaborating it.
  • Provides the ability to process emotions that they were holding the patient back.
  • Hypnosis, as one of the tools used in this type of therapy, is recommended for the treatment of chronic pain. Also for cases of post-traumatic stress, smoking cessation and sleep disorders.

Disadvantages include the following:

  • Regressive therapy is not for everyone. The person must be of legal age and must not be diagnosed with psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. It is also not recommended for those who have epilepsy, anorexia, a suicide attempt or take anxiolytics or antidepressants.
  • It is not yet complete with full validation and consensus in the scientific community. Although we well know that this has not prevented many professionals from using hypnosis as a technique, what is certain is that by not having this support, a more widespread application has been prevented or hindered.
The consumption of antidepressants and anxiolytics contraindicates the use of hypnosis in therapy.

The importance of sustaining each technique

Within psychology, there are multiple currents and schools with their theoretical postulates and their own centers of interest: thoughts, behaviors, relationships. Also the time in which they decide to concentrate can vary; some focus on the past, while others are interested in the here and now.

Regardless of the differences and the type of therapy that is chosen and works for each person, It is essential to work with professionals who are registered and who can accredit training, training and competition. This is extremely important, since it is a sensitive area of ​​the person.

Let us remember that information is a right, so there is no need to have doubts about the treatment that we decide to initiate, consulting about its sustenance and its effectiveness. Hypnosis is a technique, like many others, that It is part of the psychotherapeutic proposal. Those who practice it are trained in it and must apply it ethically and responsibly.

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