Treating anxieties with hypnosis – the hypnotherapeutic strategy of direct regression
Approximately 15% of the German population (and thus far more than 100,000 Munich residents) suffer from anxiety disorders at least once in their lifetime – women about twice as often as men. Not only for this reason is the treatment of anxieties the most frequent field of application of clinical hypnosis. Anxieties impact the whole life, they burden relationships and limit once working life. In addition, they can contribute to the development of innumerable psychosomatic diseases, e.g. back pain. The treatment of anxieties – or more precisely of anxiety situations that have not been processed adequately – by way of the hypnotherapeutic strategy of direct regression is often quite easy and moreover sustainable.
Getting back to the triggering event by way of hypnotic regression in order to initiate changes
The direct regression is the easiest and fastest hypnotherapeutic strategy for the effective treatment of anxieties. In this strategy, in my hypnosis practice in Munich-Neuhausen the patient is introduced in a deep state of trance with the suitable trance inducement strategies. During the state of trance, the hypnotic subject comprehensively gets in touch with experiences from his past in most cases. In the subsequent hypnosis, the therapists leads the patient back through the events of his life that were emotionally particularly significant in connection with anxiety and that lead to an increase in these anxieties. This happens as long as the patient reaches the event that originally triggered his anxiety. This event is the reason why the patient feels anxieties in the same or similar situations experienced later again and again. Most of the patients are not aware of that at all. In hypnotreatment we can jointly manage the exact event in which the patient got stuck emotionally and re-evaluate it. Many anxieties can be healed by way of such a hypnotherapeutic approach.
Appreciate anxiety as protective reaction and inducing revaluations by way of hypnosis
From an evolutionary viewpoint, anxieties are vital protective reactions. This is why we should appreciate them – also during the hypnotreatment. They only become problematic if a person emotionally got stuck in the anxiety situation – although the “situation turned out all right” (the patient survived in spite of the objectively or subjectively experienced menace). This person was thus not able to process his anxiety and let go of it again. With the corresponding hypnosis strategies processing and letting go becomes possible. These strategies work on the following levels:
- The situation is reiterated in hypnosis – in contact with emotions. The subconscious (see also hypnotherapy with the inner child) of the patient is communicated that the situation turned out all right.
- By way of the hypnotherapy with the inner (informed) child, the patient can be shown decisive possibilities. With these possibilities the patient is enabled to initiate important changes also on an emotional level. This is taking place until the anxiety is dispelled. The area of the body, in which the patient perceived his anxiety, feels good again or at least neutral.
- In many cases it is reasonable to dissolve conditioned doctrines that came into being by unprocessed fear. This also involves discussing new doctrines with the patient and reinforce them by way of positive suggestions.
Examples of direct regression by way of hypnosis in case of anxiety disorders
One example for an approach with direct regression to treat an anxiety disorder is the work with a patient who was often left alone as a small child by his parents, both physically and emotionally. In this first step it is irrelevant, whether the parents practiced that as educational measure (“inurement in order to be strong for the struggle of life”), or whether this was meant as patronising treatment (transfering their own low self-esteem to the child through aggressive actions, physically and/or verbally, and also by means of overly perfectionist expectations set on their child), or because these parents were simply not able to accept their own children emotionally because of their own traumatic experiences.
In the hypnosis sessions the therapist enters into the respective situations together with the pateient and may, for instance, use the method of the informed child in order to heal the fear and the unprocessed event as well as the feeling of lonesomeness. In the figure-therapeutic method of the informed child, the patient goes in the regression and gets into contact with the memories from the time in which the emotional injuries occurred. As soon as the patient and the therapist reached the first situation triggering the feeling, it is explained to the inner child that from now on the adult person is responsible for the welbeing and the protection of the “small child” (“small child” stands for the feeling sensed by the adult). In many cases this works very well, so that anxiety can be healed in only very few sessions.
The revaluation of the unprocessed situation is in the foreground for the hypnotherapeutic approach, whereby the severe and complex traumatisms (e.g. in case of attacks by still living reference persons) other and “smoother” hypnosis strategies (e.g. hypnosystemic or resource-oriented strategies) can be applied than with an event that has not yet been processed (unconsciously), but is “less severe from the standpoint of the mind”.
An example for such a traumatic event, which I am treating quite frequently with hypnotherapy in my hypnosis practice in Munich and which is “less severe fron the standpoint of the mind” is the following:
The child just fell asleep and the mother (who loves and protects the child beyond all measure, i.e. actually the “perfect” mother) wants to use the “free time” to hang out the laundry in the cellar. However, the mother splits the beans with the neighbour and the child awoke, is alone in the room and feels the evolutionarily provided mortal fear, because in the evolution the absence of the mother often meant death. In many cases this fear does unfortunately not dispel and this is why it should be treated with hypnosis as described above.
Further information regarding the treatment of anxieties by way of hypnosis
With a lot of anxiety patients these hypnosis strategies lead to sustainable success. As a rule, this requires only a few hypnotherapeutic sessions.
Should you also suffer from anxiety or an anxiety disorder, please feel free to send me a message through my contact form. We can discuss over the phone, whether I am able to help you with your question.