Hypnosis as a professional practice has been used for most trauma-based healing processes and counseling therapy, but it has grown popular lately because it is used in the healing process of victims of sex abuses. Because of fear and the controversy surrounding hypnosis as a practice, first time clients should be given the following guidelines:

a. Verify the credentials of your hypnosis practitioner. Oftentimes, hypnosis is not about higher learning or doctoral degree. It is about experience. How long has he been doing this? How many clients have he handled?

b. It is best if you understand the logic behind hypnosis. Ask your hypnosis practitioner/counselor the concept of “mind-body connection.” Also discuss with your counselor the different levels of consciousness and spend longer time to talk about the subconscious mind.

c. Understand that the mind has the ability to accept or rejected suggestion. In that sense, all hypnosis are self-hypnosis. Everything requires your full agreement. As you are being hypnotized, you will notice that you are actually aware; in fact this awareness is in a heightened and focused mode.

d. You must know that there are such things as “repressed memories”. Talk about it extensively with your counselor because oftentimes sexual abuses are so traumatic that they are repressed by the mind in order to survive the ordeal. Repression is a coping mechanism – a natural way of the mind to deal with trauma.

e. Make sure that you understand the process of age regression – it is an exercise that leads you to an earlier age where the repressed memory of being abused can be accessed. You must understand further that in order for healing to happen, there is no requirement to authenticate of validates the memory – it is how the mind chose to remember it and therefore it is that memory that wounds you.

f. Given that, you must understand the dynamics of suggestibility which, when under hypnosis, can potentially stimulate imagination and production of false memories. This is one of the reasons why hypnosis became controversial. Trust your instinct. The more that you are relaxed, the more that your mind will trust you enough to open its secrets.

g. If catharsis will happen, allow it but do not force it. Never allow your counselor to force you to release emotions attached to the memory of the abuse. There are emotions like anger, shame, fear and pain. If the body is ready to release the emotions, catharsis flows naturally.

Hypnosis is one of the best treatments of sexual abuse as the memory is so repressed it doesn’t come to awareness without the right process. It is effective. It is safe. But there are three important things that should happen as a pre-condition: a deep sense of trust of your counselor’s capacity and intentions; a full knowledge of what is going to happen; and a desire to get healed.

Author's Bio: 

Cathrine Margit Moller was born and raised in Denmark
She began her career in radio and television, and worked in that capacity until moving to Canada in 1998.

For the past twenty-six years, she has pursued a career in the healing arts at the same time, focusing on alternative health care and healing. By training under some of the leading wellness experts in the world, Cathrine keeps escalating her quest toward personal excellence, so she can offer you the best of the healing arts. This has included studies in Denmark, the U.S., Canada, and England, studying under leading experts in alternative medicine.

Her background in hypnotherapy is extensive. In 1999, she was certified Hypnotist by the 'National Guild of Hypnotists' and certified Master Hypnotist at the 'Ontario Hypnosis Centre' in 2000. Her work in hypnosis and hypnotherapy is diverse, and includes clinical use of hypnosis designed to empower her clients in areas ranging from the stresses and problems of their everyday lives, to past life regressions, and Self-Hypnosis training. She has also been certified as a hypnocoach by Dr. Lisa Halpin.
Her expertise also includes Somatic Healing, Reconnective Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), NGH, and Reiki, all of which offer powerful but simple solutions to a range of physical and emotional issues. She also offers NLP, which offers additional access to identifying self-limiting behaviors. These techniques are discussed at more length elsewhere on this site.

Her Personal Mission Statement
Cathrine sees people as incredible beings of infinite potential, whom she can empower and guide toward fulfilling on their goals and their dreams. As an Intuitive, Cathrine knows the Universe and trusts it to steer her in the right direction. Her goal is to help people, and enable them to find their full potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her greatest joy is in seeing a person evolve into all they can become, on every level.

She looks for the miracles in everyday life, and uses them to connect strongly to the forces that enable her to tap into the forces that have shaped a person’s life. As an intuitive, she uses her abilities to uncover the old and unproductive patterns that keep people “stuck,” working with them to purge the unproductive patterns that entrap them.

Cathrine’s own life has had personal challenges that have informed and transformed her, the most significant being when she was diagnosed with apparent MS. Rather than regarding this as a limitation, she has embraced it and used for personal transformation. Working with it in her personal practice, she has not only brought herself back to good health, but has used it to inform and illuminate her life’s path