People can be puzzling, and unraveling the knots and tangles in their personalities is a Herculean task. As a mental health professional, you may often wonder why a grown adult reacts to a confrontation with authority using the emotional intelligence of a five-year-old child. Even if you’ve figured that out, getting a client to see the reasons behind their difficult behavior is often next to impossible. 
Age regression, which happens when a person reverts to behavior that matches a much less mature version of him- or herself, isn’t an attractive trait by any means. It occurs when a situation in the present triggers past trauma. One example might be when a person is passed over for a promotion, and reacts with the same level of maturity exhibited by a pre-teen who hasn’t been chosen for the volleyball team. 
When this occurs, the person reflexively, and quite unconsciously, lashes out at the situation, often without thinking through what actually happened. It could be that the person is passed over for a promotion because the job isn’t really a good fit, and/or someone else in the organization has the required expertise and experience. Still, a person who spontaneously regresses to an age where an earlier hurt occurred, experiences both slights at the same time. The emotional wreckage that results can become rather severe. 

Using age regression in hypnotherapy 

While spontaneous, unconscious, age regression causes problems in people’s lives, that’s not the only way age regression can be experienced. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® leverages age regression to help clients break cycles and eradicate patterns that have been the source of difficulty and unhappiness. 
Memories from the past, because they affect the present, can be connected through an emotional bridge. The client expresses, while in a state of normal waking consciousness, what the issue is that needs to be addressed. Once the hypnotherapist places the client into the trance state, communication between the conscious and subconscious minds can begin. 
The client is asked to speak about a recent event, and identify the emotion(s) that were activated by it. Once the client expresses the emotions, the hypnotherapist can “bridge” the current event with one from the past wherein the same or a similar feeling came up.  
In our example, the person who feels absolutely put out by being passed over for a promotion might be able to recall that incident of not being picked for the volleyball team. In the hypnotic state, it will be possible for the client to be in the same frame of mind of that 9 or 10 year old child. The emotions, which might have been still alive in the client for decades, are then expressed. 
Once the client is complete with letting go of anger, fear, jealousy, hurt, sadness, abandonment, or another emotion, it becomes possible to identify the “program” that was initiated at that time. Perhaps the child came to believe “I’m not good enough,” or “I’m unlovable” as the result of not being chosen for the team. Then, the behavior the child chose might have been to see life as “unfair,” and assume that everyone was working against his or her interests. 
Once the patterns that have formed from past experience are identified and processed, the client can get in touch with this younger version of the self, and re-write that “program.” Finding the resources inside of oneself, to truly believe that it’s possible to not be chosen and still be “good enough,” allows the client to resume normal life with far less risk of abreactions that are anything but age appropriate. 
Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® recognizes that people have repressed memories and unexpressed emotions that need to come forth so that they can be processed and healed. Clients make remarkable progress in a much shorter time than is possible with talk therapy. That means you, as a mental health professional, can help your clients more fully and more quickly, with far less frustration for you as well as them. 

Get Certified as a Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist at The Wellness Institute 

It’s obvious that Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® is a remarkable tool that can help you enliven and expand your practice.However, how much time would it take you to become skilled at hypnotherapy? 
You’ll probably be surprised by the answer. You can learn hypnotherapy in less than a week, and become certified shortly thereafter, once you complete your practice sessions. The Wellness Institute’s Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification program covers everything you’ll need to become confident in and competent at this new skill. Here are some of the things you’ll learn: 

  • Hypnosis basics: inducing trance, hypnotic suggestions 
  • Age regression technique 
  • Using Hypnotherapy to treat codependency, addiction, sexual abuse, eating disorders, dissociation, trauma, mind-body connections and more 

In addition to the didactic material presented by live teachers online, with peers with whom you’ll interact, you’ll experience hypnotherapy as a therapist, a client, and an observer.  
There are many hypnotherapy programs available, but The Wellness Institute’s Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program is unique. Nowhere else will you find a system of hypnotherapy training that combines professional and personal development, along with a distinctive blend of psychological and spiritual therapy that both you and your clients will be able to benefit from. 
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