April 26

Is Regression Hypnosis Re-Traumatizing?

Regression to Cause Hypnosis


Too many hypnosis practitioners are intimidated by regression hypnosis.  Some will even argue that it’s dangerous.  They’ll tell you that you’re going to re-traumatize the client. That’s just not true.

It doesn’t have to be scary.  It doesn’t have to be traumatic for the client.    And when you’re dealing with an emotional issue – regression-to-cause is often the way to go if you want to get you a lasting result.

You just have to know what you’re doing . . .

The goal of regression hypnosis is to heal the underlying cause of the client’s symptoms.  That’s how you get a lasting result.  And when you’re dealing with an emotional issue, it’s often the only way to get a lasting result.  

The goal is to get a lasting result. But regression hypnosis requires advanced training.  It takes considerable knowledge, and skill, and courage to guide the process effectively.  So, if . . .

  • you’re intimidated by regression
  • you’re afraid that you’re going to re-traumatize a client
  • you’re not trained in regression-to-cause hypnosis 

. . . it’s probably best not to go there.  You just won’t get the results.  And you could end up doing more harm than good.  This doesn’t make regression “bad” or “dangerous.”  It just means that you're not qualified to facilitate the healing process of regression hypnotherapy.

Regression hypnosis is healing hypnosis.  

If you look up the root of the word “heal” you’ll find that it means “to make sound, or to make whole, or to make well again.” So, healing is a process of restoring a person’s natural state of well-being – physically, mentally, or emotionally. 

Regression hypnosis recognizes that we all started out okay.  When a person isn’t experiencing health, or happiness, or well-being, it’s because something happened to change that.  Every problem is the result of a life experience.  So, that’s where we need to go to get the healing.

“To heal is to make happy.”  - A Course in Miracles

Physically, “happy” means health.  

Mentally, it means experiencing peace of mind.  

Emotionally, it means feeling safe and secure.  

The root of the word “happy” has to do enjoyment.  This is the original meaning of the word, “Eden.”  Eden was a garden of delights.  A place of enjoyment. And it has everything to do with being in alignment with your True Nature.  

Healing is a return to a natural state that we all experienced as children. As children we were wide open, curious and filled with wonder.  We feared nothing.  We believed that anything is possible.  Then, stuff happened to change that . .  

By the age of five or six, we had acquired the “knowledge of fear.”  

Fear is the Mother of all negative emotion.  

It’s often the underlying cause of the kinds of problems that clients will come to you for help with because we were conditioned for fear and limitation. And it’s because Mom and Dad wanted a “good boy.”  They wanted a “good girl.”

We wanted to please them so that they would love and accept us - and take care of us.  And we needed them to take care of us to survive. So, we learned to cut off parts of ourselves to avoid punishment and to please others. We learned how to be, and how not to be to get our needs met.  But we no longer saw things with the clarity and wisdom of a child.  We lost our connection to our Source of happiness and well-being.

Words are the stock and trade of any hypnosis practitioner.  But words mean different things to different people.  And they tend to evolve, and take on new meaning, over time.  So, over time, the word “happy” came to be associated with a sense of being “greatly pleased and content.”   This is the same meaning as the word “placebo”.  

Placebo means, “I shall please”.

This is exactly what we were trying to do as children.

he basis of the placebo effect is belief. The healing is not in the treatment.  It’s in the client’s belief in the treatment. This is doubly true when it comes to therapeutic hypnosis because all we have are words.  

But words can have power. The Power is not in the words.  It’s not in then script.  It’s not in the hypnosis.  It's not in the technique or protocol.  And that includes regression.  The Power is in the Mind of the client.  

As a hypnosis practitioner, you are uniquely qualified to help a person gain access to that Power.  As a regression hypnotherapist, you are uniquely qualified to help a person use that Power to heal - themselves, their relationships and their life.

About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.