Age regression means so many different things to so many different people, and when I am telephoned and asked about age regression, the client is not always sure what they want to regress to or for what reasons.
Sometimes they want to try to uncover memories they think may be disturbing them.
Other times we can uncover good memories that they have from their past, which can be used for the foundation of good experience in the present and in the future.
Just uncovering memories for the sake of it is not really a therapy because the unconscious mind generally buries memories for a very good reason.
There are times when people have forgotten things and want to undergo hypnosis to remember them. You may have misplaced something important and need to remember where it may have been left.
One day a woman came to me who had lost her purse in her house and was unable to find it. She was very worried because it had a few thousand dollars in it that she had withdrawn to spend over the Christmas period. After regression therapy she found the purse when she went home.
There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about False Memory Syndrome (FMS), where people have been forced by therapists to supposedly remember things that never really happened.
The way I use regression therapy in a positive and constructive manner avoids any possibility of false memory syndrome and I only use age regression in a therapeutically beneficial way.
During the hypnotherapy consultation we look at exactly what it is you want to retrieve from the past, why you want to do that and what benefit that may give you when you can remember.
Sometimes I am telephoned by people who think they might have been abused as children but cannot remember the exact details.
In these cases it is important to consider that hypnotically retrieved memories cannot be used in any legal proceeding as the courts do not consider them precise memories, even though they might be. The unconscious mind sometimes reconfigures memories in order to protect and facilitate your present personality.
Sometimes people experience breakthrough memories. In other words you are getting flashbacks of things you think you remember and you want to see a professional to help to make sense of what is happening to you. Since I am also a psychotherapist this is work that I can help you do in therapy.
Sometimes I also see people for past life work where you undergo hypnosis and experience memories from your past life or lives. While this may sound quite out the norm or controversial it really is a fascinating subject.
Whether those memories are real or not is something over which I have no opinion, only that they may seem real to you and that if you experience those memories, your unconscious mind is trying to tell you something of use.
We may need to therapeutically deal with any accessed memories to readjust your personality to help those memories fit into how you live today. I will emphasise that the whole process of age regression therapy needs to be focused on a positive outcome.
Book your hypnotherapy appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.