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Hypnosis Training Video #318: Is Age Regression Suitable for Treating Clients with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)?

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Is Age Regression Suitable for Treating Clients with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)?

Happy Hypno-Tuesday! Celeste will be making her last appearance on this series of Hypnosis Etc. on

Before we begin, I’d like to say that Celeste was a fabulous MC at the Solid Gold Weekend. The next big event for professional hypnotists is the Annual NGH convention from August 9 – 11, register now. Don’t be afraid to leave us any comments below, we aren’t scary zombies chasing you down, we love hearing from you and any thoughts you would like to share. Speaking of zombies, I’ve been watching the popular television show on AMC, “The Walking Dead,” and I’m hooked!

In this episode, Celeste has a question from a fellow hypnotist. The hypnotist is interested to know if age regression is suitable for treating PTSD. I begin by discussing the meaning of the word “depressed” and psychiatric labels that work its way into the public. Then I explain what to do with clients who tell you they are diagnosed with a mental illness. I speak about how to work with those not only with PTSD, but other mental illnesses.

I do age regression because it’s a part of 5-PATH®. To get a better understanding of how to treat clients, I use an example from the Vietnam War. I explain why age regression and phases of 5-PATH® such as informed child work, age progression and secondary gain are very effective.

Today’s Discussion Points:

  • What to do with clients who tell you they are diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • How you can work with PTSD clients at a behavioral level and within the limits of the law.
  • How to effectively use age regression and 5-PATH® techniques.
  • Why 5-PATH® is a very successful system to helping clients with mental illness.
  • Why understanding and identifying secondary gain is extremely important.

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11 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video #318: Is Age Regression Suitable for Treating Clients with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)?

  1. Brenda Titus March 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Excellent episode Cal and Celeste! I just spoke to someone last weekend at Solid Gold who had expressed concerns about using age regression when dealing with trauma and PTSD, so I really appreciate your additional insights. I have had very good success in using 5-PATH with people who have experienced traumatic events. It is an excellent tool to help people in so many ways! I also appreciate the discussion about secondary gain in this episode.

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Hi Brenda – Thanks for the comment.  I hear a rumor that you may be coming up again on another podcast!

    I’m glad we could help. 

  3. Brenda Titus March 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I’ve heard a similar rumor, so it must be true! I’m thrilled to have the chance to give back by helping out. This podcast is a great resource for all of us, and I’m very honored to be part of it!

  4. Eugene March 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Podcast should have been titled “Is 5-path appropriate for the survivors of The Walking Dead?” Totally dived into an episode marathon this month as well!

  5. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    One quick note – To all you Hypno-Mug winners, you have until 30 days after we mention your name on the podcast to contact us so that we can send you your mug. So don’t wait around. If you know someone who won a mug please let them know. We have some unclaimed mugs and we don’t want to hold on to them forever!

  6. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks Eugene! We will probably keep the old title though. lol

  7. Graham March 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    So glad to see this subject discussed and so glad to see some sense being said,
    although I suppose I was more interested in the abreaction side of regression. I think those who object to doing AR on PTSD or even stable clients do so because they are frightened of offending or putting them through a bit of pain. But they would quite happily send their child to hospital for a painful operation to put things right.
    so grateful for your time

  8. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Thanks for you comment Graham – The release of the old pent up emotion is an essential part of overcoming past trauma. Consulting hypnotists should not be afraid of taking clients through these situations (AR), but hypnotists who use age regression need sufficient training to do it properly. And, as you know there is much more to doing AR for traumatic events that simply providing a client with an emotional release opportunity.

    It is so amazing how a few minutes in the properly trained hypnotist’s chair can undo so much pain, even if it must be temporarily endured during a hypnosis session.

    Thanks again for your input.

    With you on the Path,

  9. Graham March 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I would like to be properly trained Cal but I live in England, I’m not that well off and I’m not much of a studious type.

  10. Jane Ilene Cohen March 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I do a form of age regression, called the NLP TimeLine process. I find it very helpful for clearing limiting decisions in my clients that are at the heart of dysfunctional patterns.

  11. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Hi Jane & thanks for your comment. I know about NLP’s TimeLine process. It has helped a lot of people. I think you will like true age regression as well. I have come to believe that it is a better way to go for those who are trained in hypnosis. Thanks again! Cal

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