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A Hypnotherapist Asks Why We Should Avoid Dual Relationships

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Calvin Banyan, MA, CI, CH, Answers Other Hypnotherapists’ Tricky Questions About Doing Hypnotherapy-Inductions,Deepening,Age Regression,Past Life Regression, Parts Therapy, and More

From time to time I will post a question that I have received from a fellow hypnotherapist, and my answer to it. In this Q&A John, one of our Chinese 5-PATH(TM) graduates in Singapore asks me why he should not work with friends and colleagues. I hope you enjoy our exchange. To read the entire text use the link above.

Hello Calvin,

How are you keeping my master. Hope you are keeping well in Singapore. I have been very busy with my work with asylum seekers and refugees. I have also hypnotized quite a number of people after the training. Now I am doing sort of part-time hypnotherapy.

I have one important question for you. You told me that I should do age-regression for colleagues or friends, why? I have a friend whom I hypnotized for nail biting habit, but she didn’t quit after the first session. And now she asked for another session. I plan to do 5-PATH(TM). I am just a bit worried as you told us in class I shouldn’t do age regression for friends or colleagues.

wish to hear from you soon. Thank you

Have a wonderful day,


Hi John,

Again, I am so glad to hear that you are using hypnosis to help others. It is a wonderful and satisfying thing to do.

In your email you asked me about why one should avoid working with friends and colleagues. This is a very good and important question. Age regression is a kind of uncovering therapy. By this, I mean that information can be discovered that the client may not be consciously aware of. This can cause a number of different problems:

1. Ethically we should avoid dual relationships. By that, I mean that when we do therapy with someone, we should only have a professional relationship with that individual. This is because the other relationship can interfere with the work done in therapy. Also, the work done in therapy can harm the other relationship.

2. When a client agrees to do hypnotherapy with you that involves age regression or other uncovering techniques, they are consenting to deal with personal information with you, however, since age regression can uncover information that the client is unaware of consciously, he may later regret revealing some personal or embarrassing event from the past, which would be appropriate in a professional client-therapist situation, but not comfortable in revealing to a friend or family member that he will have to continue seeing. So then, … (Click link above to read entire article.)

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