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Hypnosis Training Video #323: Clients’ Memory of an Age Regression Session & Timeline Therapy

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Clients’ Memory of an Age Regression Session & Timeline Therapy

Happy Hypno-Tuesday! Meredith Locher co-hosts on this episode of Hypnosis Etc. on

In this episode, Meredith begins with how important the Age Regression technique is and how often she uses it in her own practice. She then goes on to ask what steps we should take if a client comes out of Age Regression without any memory of what happened. Cal and Meredith explore the vast topic of Age Regression and the many techniques that could keep their memory intact and what would be most beneficial.

She then asks a question she received from an NLP therapist about Timeline Therapy and what are the differences and similarities.

Today’s Discussion Points:

  • Cal and Meredith tackle the question of not remembering an Age Regression session
  • Cal discusses the informed child technique and Age Progression
  • Meredith discusses the prep work she does for her clients and discusses Informing Soul Technique with Cal.
  • Cal talks about the differences among Timeline Therapy, Age Regression, Time Tunneling, etc.
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4 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video #323: Clients’ Memory of an Age Regression Session & Timeline Therapy

  1. Martine Brisson April 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM


    I had 2 clients who didn’t remember the AR. Both had traumatic childhood with lots of abuse. It didn’t hampered their progression.


  2. Robert Plamondon April 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM


    I’ve studied Timeline Therapy, and while it’s normally taught as being trance-inducing enough to not need a formal induction, I always use it from somnambulism, just as you recommend with age regression.

    It has most of the elements of affect bridge or time tunnel age regression, with some of the steps done in a different order and some of the metaphors presented differently.

    I like a couple of things about time line more than traditional age regression. The timeline metaphor encourages a big-picture view, and by starting out “way, way up over your timeline,” this suggests distance and perspective to the client, who steps into the actual scene only AFTER most of the bad feelings have already been resolved.

    I haven’t had anyone FORGET an age regression, but if I see a strong hesitation, I ask whether it’s okay to go there consciously, and if not, I ask if it’s okay to do the work unconsciously. I always get a “yes” to that. Then I go through the exact same process as before, except that I say that it’s okay for “Fred” (or whatever the client’s name is) not to know what’s happening. I also don’t ask for the scene to be described. Instead, I yes for or no answers as I guide them through the process. I ask them to speak again only when we reach for the “I’ve changed because now I know part.”

    If a client had amnesia for an age regression, I would assure them that their mind is probably protecting them from memories that they aren’t quite ready to remember consciously yet, and that’s okay.

  3. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH April 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Hello Robert,

    Thanks for your comment and information about Timeline Therapy. In your message you wrote “I always use it [Timeline therapy] from somnambulism.” But you also say that you have been taught that the technique alone is “trance-inducing”. I’m unclear about how you establish that you have somnambulism?

    As an aside, trance is not necessarily hypnosis. Trance refers to focused attention. Trance does not necessarily mean that the individual is in a heightened state of suggestibility. The term “hypnosis” does. I think that those who use the term “trance” when they mean “hypnosis” should just say “hypnosis”. There is too much confusion on this issue in our profession. Hypnosis requires trance, but trance in and of itself is not hypnosis.

    I can understand how one would favor not getting into strong emotional work and instead prefer working in a disassociated state. Working with strong emotions is definitely not for everyone. However, I believe that much of the causal issues can be missed in this way. It is my experience that when you have the person in the associated state revivifying the event (in somnambulism), then you get the best result when you ask about what is happening, how they are feeling and what they are thinking. These three things are interconnected, and only through the reliving of the event, complete with re-experiencing the emotion and thoughts of the time can we have the best understanding of the subconscious record of the event. It is only through our best understanding of the cognitive and emotional factors of the event can we do our absolute best work and free our clients from their difficulties.

    It is with this in mind that I do this kind of work and encourage others to master it as well. So I favor associated revivification, even though it is a more intense way of doing the work.

    I respect your point of view. There are many others who feel the way you do. This is all part of a true profession, such as psychology or medicine. People disagree. I know we both want the best and do the best we can for our clients and our profession. Thanks again for your thoughs.

    Let’s do GREAT things together,

  4. Robert Plamondon April 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve read your book and have a copy of your older video training course, which I got after being trained elsewhere. I haven’t made the leap into your “nerves of steel” approach in a single bound, but I’m getting there!

    For example, I was not taught to use convincers or achieve somnambulism every single time, but both of these have made a HUGE difference in my results. A really strong first session makes all the difference. Same with the direct-drive technique. These three techniques alone have made it so that now I tell clients, “come in for a first session and THEN decide whether to commit to the whole package,” because now they always commit to the whole package.

    There are lots of variations on age regression. Since your methods are about as direct and concrete as possible, everyone else’s are necessarily more metaphorical, more dissociated, and more indirect! These can work very well, but you have to “be the hypnotist” at least as much with these gentler techniques, or you might find yourself dancing around the edge of the problem indefinitely. Been there, done that.

    Thanks again, Cal.


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