Bruni Brewin, President Emeritus, Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association

Sigmund Freud made the comparison in 1917 in one of his famous public lectures at the University of Vienna where he compared the system of the unconscious to a large antechamber, in which the psychic impulses rub elbows with one another as separate beings. There opens out of this antechamber another smaller room, a sort of parlour which consciousness occupies. But on the threshold between the two rooms there stands a watchman; he passes on the individual psychic impulses, censors them and will not let them into the parlour if they do not meet with his approval. These impulses in the antechamber of the unconscious cannot be seen by the conscious which is in the other room. Therefore for the time being they must remain unconscious.
The watchman of course does this with the intention of protecting the whole, but unfortunately what it does can often be the opposite as the psychic impulse energy of the event(s) remain hidden from us, with the inability to be able to deal with it/them and may cause us untold misery.
Hypnotic Regression Therapy is one of the most valuable hypnotherapy techniques available to us to bypass that watchman and help clients to discover and release the causes of their problems and symptoms. It is an area that is often avoided by therapists due to “False Memory Syndrome” and fear of litigation. What this volume does is lay aside the myths of controversy surrounding this therapy. The expertise of the two authors removes the fear of the dangers of mishandled hypnotic regression. They explain the risks and show the reader how to affectively use Hypnotic Regression Therapy each step of the way, explaining in an easily understandable format how to safely conduct this therapy. They guide the reader through the preparation, regression techniques, and how to deal with abreactions to affect release in a safe way. A chapter on the interesting phenomenon of past life regressions is discussed, with potential explanations and ethical considerations, as well as sharing with us their case histories that validate the value of their client centred approach to Hypnotic Regression Therapy.
It is a book that I recommend to the reader (both therapist and client) to extend their knowledge on the benefits of this therapy. It is informative, well written with a systematic approach that shows us that, by following the guidelines in this book, Hypnotic Regression Therapy can be a very powerful tool that can be safely used.
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