Does Regression With Hypnosis Work? by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – September – 2017)

Since the beginning of my career as a psychologist – hypnotherapist I’ve been doing hundreds of hypno regressions aiming to help clinically to my clients suffering by a wide variety of different issues. In my practice through years I have been using the whole set of regression types with hypnosis. The main and maybe the most popular of them is the “age regression” – where I lead the people back to their early ages in the current life to re-experience some specific moments (called also “revivication”). During those sessions their language, behavior, feelings, sensations, knowledge and life experience fully correspond to the suggested age. Their position is at firsthand – they do not have the knowledge of how they will grow up, how their further life will be and actually who I am as logically it is like they have not met me yet.

We call this type of fully transferring back into the past – “Full regression”. Normally it is typical for the deepest level of hypnosis (according to the Forel’s qualification). The second subtype is the “Partial regression”. Here the person has been temporary divided on two parts – an observing (called by Hilgard (1977) “Hidden observer”) and a regressed one, normally a child. The observing one keeps having the knowledge of who and where they are, the environment around that they are in a hypnosis session and etc. Maybe the first professional used the technique of regression in his work for threating neuroses in 1880s was the psychiatrist Dr. Josef Breuer (1842 – 1925) – the case of Bertha Pappenheim (known as Anna O.). Nowadays another worldwide popular professional working in this field is the psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss.

The phenomenon of age regression has happened spontaneously in some hypnotherapy sessions I’ve provided, without me to provoke it. My explanation in those is that the unconscious mind needs to go through particular past events as there is some kind of blockage. So the aim here is to recover pressed or forgotten memories of those significant events.

The second type of regression the people are curious to experience is “Past Life Regression”. Here, the hypnotised person goes back to their previous lives. The manner of living, name, sometimes even the gender in that time differ than the current ones. I clearly remember one of my first cases where I applied such type of regression. There in my office, in front of me was sitting a girl (I will call her Tracey) in her 27ies. Tracey suffered by a phobia by water. She had felt somehow panic when go to the sea coast with friends during her holidays and did not know how to release that fear. She was truly motivated to get healed so easily hypnotisable and at the first session achieved a medium trance. As initially discussed in a moment I asked her unconscious mind for a confirmation whether it is ready to go back through the centuries. After receiving an ideomotor, nonverbal signal we moved forward. In a while Tracey saw herself in a sinking ship where she was a kind of a slave together with other people. She got terribly scared of the water going up and swallowing the ship as at the end she died. A few minutes later when she went out of hypnosis she was still influenced by what she had just experienced. At the same time she looked relieved (free)…

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Hypnotherapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – June – 2016)

HYPNOTHERAPY AND SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

What I have realised over my years of practice is the recurring issue at this particular time of year, in the autumn/winter time, is that many of my clients suffer similar symptoms:

  • total physical weakness, negative thoughts, low self-esteem and so on, leading me to consider their cases as due to depression.

I would like to share my experience and how I manage such type of condition. If it is not the type of deep depression requiring psychiatric help, it is very likely that a course of hypnotherapy can be successfully applied. So if our client has not visited their doctor, how can we assume whether or not it is such a diagnosis?

 

According to the Clinical Guidance 23 of National Institute for Clinical Excellence – NHS titled “Management of depression in primary and secondary care” to be clarified as “depression” the condition has to cover those symptoms:

         persistent sadness or low mood; and/or

         loss of interests or pleasure

         fatigue or low energy

at least one of these, most days, most of the time for at least 2 weeks

 

If any of the above are present, there may be other, associated symptoms:

o          disturbed sleep

o          poor concentration or indecisiveness

o          low self-confidence

o          poor or increased appetite

o          suicidal thoughts or acts

o          agitation or slowing of movements

o          guilt or self-blame

 

There are known and described many types and stages of depression:

  • not depressed (fewer than four symptoms)
  • mild depression (four symptoms)
  • moderate depression (five to six symptoms)
  • severe depression (seven or more symptoms, with or without psychotic symptoms)…
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Psychosomatic Illnesses and Pain Control via Self-Hypnosis by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – March – 2016)

PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESSES AND PAIN CONTROL VIA SELF-HYPNOSIS

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

This article is focused on use of self-hypnosis for coping with pain. The one also provides an example of how it was used in a clinical case with panic attacks.

 

Self-hypnosis (known also as “autohypnosis”) has its routes far in the past. It is believed that it was established somewhere at the deep ancient times when the yogis entered into a similar state via concentrating into their navels. That is how they lost their sensitivity to pain. Since that time it was modified in a different way and every further researcher added something new by themselves. In the ninetieth century Dr James Esdaile performed more than a thousand amputations with using Mesmer’s hypnosis as the only one analgesic. As believed among the first scientifically proven applying in the 20 century was of the French pharmacist Émile Coué (1857 – 1926). His modern for that time healing method became popular as “Couéism” or “Coué method“. His patients were suggested to repeat the healing formula “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” (in French: Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux) 30 – 40 times a day, preferable in the hypnagogic or hypnopompic conditions. One of his students, the German professor Johannes Heinrich Schultz (1884 – 1970) published in 1932 a description of his autogenic training based on the yogis’ desensitation-relaxation techniques.

 

Many times in my practice I discovered self-hypnosis as really useful and worth (value) tool when my clients are timely framed (limited). They can commit such sessions at least ones but not more than two short sessions a day. I warn my clients to not doing it for such a long time (more than 20 min) initially to avoid some negative effects. A regular follow up providing about the customer’s progress is useful. Something the people even prefer self-hypnosis sessions before real hypnosis because of different circumstances relevant to impossibility to attend meeting me. Sometimes people use a record of their own voice, other time prefers mine one. There are different methods for self-hypnosis. The method I normally use is counting in which the breathing is been synchronising with counting: “… with each next number I will be in a calmer and deeper state…” The direction of counting does not have any matter. The client can start since 1 to 10 or opposite depending on which is more suiting them. Other induction methods are: eyes fixation, progressive relaxation, visualisation, time regression and progression and others.

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How Can We Relieve Psychosomatic Illnesses And Control Pain With Self Hypnosis? by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – December – 2015)

HOW CAN WE RELIEVE PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESSES AND CONTROL PAIN WITH SELF HYPNOSIS?

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

What is a psychosomatic illness and why has it become so common nowadays?

Today we live in a very dynamic world. It seems Modern living is to be always in a hurry, having the constant feeling that there is never enough time for us to calm down and relax. Quick and suitable decisions have to be taken, most of them having really serious consequences behind them. Sometimes it is a matter of needing a large sum of money, at other times we just need to direct and concentrate our steps in a new direction. Such moments can be compared, metaphorically, with sitting at a crossroad trying to decide what comes next.

 

Every one of us is human – we are not robots and our bodies are not machines. It means our resources – energy, time and so on – are limited. That is why we cannot make more effort than we are capable of. True, there are some people stronger than others. They have more power (strength) and normally can achieve more in a certain period of time. However, after spending their energy, even they gradually approach the key moment – the beginning of the crucial stage named, by Hans Selye: “distress”, the cause of many of illnesses these days.

 

The process can be drawn up in this way:

After enduring the stressful situation (Stressor) the homeostasis becomes imbalanced and “Stress reaction” occurs. As a result, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is activated, part of which involves the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenomedullary (HPA) axis and the Inflammatory Response System. This stimulates the endocrine glands, producing insulin, adrenaline and thyroxin. The adrenal glands, located on the top of the kidneys, sharply release a large amount of catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine) and cortisol, thus stimulating the immune system. As a result, the blood pressure (RR) goes up, the heart and breathing rates are increased, our body starts trembling and sweating, the skin flushes or turns pale (fading); the pupils constrict. We call that state “Fight-or-flight” response. In a professional, Human Resources-related matter, if this state lasts long enough it will result in the “Burnout syndrome”…

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The Effective Use of Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (as an alternative to obstetric anesthesia) by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – September – 2015)

THE EFFECTIVE USE OF HYPNOSIS IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY

(as an alternative to obstetric anaesthesia)

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

The first physician in the world established the use of hypnosis in its role of anaesthetic is probably the Scottish surgeon James Esdaile (1808-1859). As believed he applied hypnosis in Calcutta, India for more of a thousand lighter and heavier procedures (among them a couple of limb amputations) where it was the only one analgesic tool. It was about to increase its popularity but a few years later the chloroform was discovered and put on light.  However, it came back in the First and Second World War when was realised that many soldiers are allergic to the current medical painkillers at that time.

 

One of the applications of hypnosis the people are interested in is the way how hypnosis can be used in obstetrics and gynaecology. Many times I have been asked about is it possible any physical inconvenience (expected or currently presented) to be inhibited in some non-medication way. The answer is yes as the unconscious mind manages the physiological processes and our body’s reactions. In hypnosis we have a direct access to the unconscious mind therefore we can do it. My clients are been males and females, from different social and age groups (adolescents and adults) and all of their questions have been caused because of personal reasons. In some cases they find me directly but in others were redirected to me by different healthcare professionals – other psychologists or medical doctors.

 

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Therapeutic and Investigative Hypnosis by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – March – 2015)

THERAPEUTIC AND INVESTIGATIVE HYPNOSIS

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

Hello, my name is George Dimitrov. I am a member of the International Society of hypnosis and the British Psychological Society. I have been a practicing psychologist and hypnotherapist for more than a decade and yet I am still scientifically curious about two separate approaches to hypnosis: one that is used in court (let us call it “legal”) and clinical hypnosis. Here, in my second article for The Hypnotherapist I would like to describe the International situation in terms of the various legal requirements in many countries that govern the practice of hypnotherapy. Allow me to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me to obtain the information on which this article is based.

 

I have provided my own short research and reached the following conclusions concerning the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic and interrogative tool.

The professional standards of the hypnotherapist and clinician are very similar and the use of hypnosis in a clinical context is, in general, has proven to be a valuable therapeutic tool. In this arena the hypnotherapists’ preferred method of treatment seems to be mostly Ericksonian.

However, it is not the same issue if we consider the use of hypnosis in criminal and judicial proceedings. When questioning a witness, there is always a risk of distorting the witness’s memories. To minimize potential negative results, interviewers (or interrogators), are obliged to have specific training in the field of hypnosis. Their work should be characterized by independence and scientific excellence and must strictly adhere to current legal rules and norms so that they may effectively contribute to pre-trial and judicial investigations and report preparation…

 

 

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The History of Hypnosis by George Dimitrov (The Hypnotherapist – December – 2014)

THE HISTORY OF HYPNOSIS

by George Dimitrov

Psychologist – hypnotherapist

 

Hypnosis, as a mental state, has been known of since antiquity. Since those ancient times many scientific studies of the subject have been conducted and yet not one of them has reached any definitive conclusions.

 

This article presents a brief history of hypnosis, the hypnotic state and discusses in general terms the ways in which it can be used as a helpful tool by the clinician and psychotherapist.

 

Hello, my name is George Dimitrov. I am a hypnotherapist and I have been using hypnosis in my private psychotherapy practice here in the UK and overseas for almost ten years. As a healthcare professional, with a Master’s degree in psychology, I am deeply interested in the origins of hypnosis and I am also scientifically curious.

 

What are the origins of hypnosis?

Where and when was the power of hypnosis first discovered? How did it come to be used by healers as a supportive technique and as an independent healing method in its own right?

Many scientists, philosophers, writers, medical doctors and professional societies were and are fascinated by the hypnotic trance state. They have found it to be an incredible resource for the development of a deeper understanding of the human psyche and for the relief from the symptoms of a variety of diseases…

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