Hypnoanalysis Treatment Plan
She had reasonable relations with her mother, but she had been ill for a while and died when Miss G was 15, making her teenage years difficult. Her father subsequently introduced his then secretary into the household as their ‘new’ mother and moved out against her father’s wishes. She entered into a relationship with a man who was somewhat older than her, got married (her father refused to attend the wedding) and had two children. Her husband later left her for another woman.
Although she got on well with her siblings, she felt outside the family unit and has let go of these attachments slightly over the years. Being shy, a redhead and of slight appearance, she was bullied at school and did not achieve anything outstanding academically. Since her husband left, she worked in various situations (mainly shopwork) these never lasted long as when she asked to perform duties that she felt were beyond her (using a till/computer), she admitted to feeling trapped due to her lack of skills and rather than be ‘found out’ would react in a defensive way and quit the job.
Her two children (girl/boy) had both got partners but their marriages had been bumpy. Her son had married but walked away from his wife after a year, met another woman with whom he had had 3 children, only to move on again. She blames herself in part for not having a male influence in the house during her son’s formative years. In the past she has had a few liaisons but nothing has come of them as she is so used to her own space that sharing it would need her to change, something she is not sure she wants to do.
She feels at a low ebb with work harder to find, close to her children but with certain reservations about how they have turned out, distanced from her other family as she has led a rather self-serving life. She feels she should have done better but it seems as if everything has been against her. Based on tests, Miss G was found to have the following: Modality – AuditoryScreed type – Authoritarian Identifying client issues This could have simply been a case of Cumulative Trauma (CT), given that the Initial Sensitising Event (ISE) lay back at her father’s attitude at her birth.
He pointed out that she was not the child he had hoped for, only made worse by being unsupportive during her early years and, after her mother’s death, disregarding her. Added to this, a far from happy time at school. Her mother’s terminal illness, the appearance of a stepmother, going off with a man who could be seen as a surrogate father figure, her own father’s turning his back on her and somewhat distant relationship with her siblings, her views on her own offspring’s lives and being unable to tackle her shortcomings at the workplace: all things that were beyond her rational control and that took their toll in her life.
The ‘drip-drip’ effect has had a negative effect on her everyday existence, making it difficult to fit in and seemingly impossible to hold down a long-term relationship or job and turning the issues into a Compound Cumulative trauma (CCT). Possible treatments To tackle her current state of emotions that are causing her to feel a failure at whatever she does, we need to explore various therapies that could help her to undo the damage done in her childhood and also put her life into perspective, focussing on self-worth and letting go of any thoughts of self-blame.
Her worries form part of the anxiety/stress group where her personality has taken on bad habits leading to an inability to hold down a position because of her fear of not being to perform her job correctly. Likewise her fear of entering into a relationship that she sees as being doomed before it has started, due to her parents’ and her own marriage failing, and now her son’s. Miss G is using Repression as an Ego Defence Mechanism (EDM), she has pushed down her father’s comments, her parents’ fights, her mother’s death, her school life.
As the oldest sibling, and leaving home at an early age, she would have had little chance to talk with her sisters about events at home as they still lived there. She has the tendency to engage in the ‘urge to repeat’ where both her personal and professional dealings are concerned. Possibly still looking for a father figure to nurture her, she falls into an endless round of job searching that ends up with her not being able to cope and walking out. We need to help her – – remove any negative programming she acquired during childhood lay to rest the unhappy child that she clearly was and heal the wounds – come to terms with her mother’s death (swept under the carpet by the appearance of a stepmother, what was left unsaid/undone) as well as her father’s death (what was left unsaid) – understand relationships, not to look back at her parents’ marriage as a model not her past exploits. Take on board that she is not the underdog – change her perception on any given problem (turn negative into positive) – increase her confidence, self-acceptance (point out her positive points, her talents, her uniqueness)
There are various hypnoanalysis techniques that we can employ with the aid of hypnosis to help Miss G shake off the past, come to terms with who she is today having made a peace with her past self, and be prepared to move on with her life without the emotional baggage that has weighed her down almost all her life: – Accessing Emotions – Inner Child Therapy – Regression – Free Association Accessing Emotions While Miss G has understood to a certain degree how her early life has shaped her current world, she will still have emotions buried in herself that she would need to face up to in order to be able to move on.
Using this technique will enable her to get in touch with those hidden feelings and allow her to express these in an unforced manner. Getting her to a state of near-hypnosis and entering into a question and response sequence that can proceed into more pertinent territory (eg, starting with “for breakfast I had…” / “my favourite pastime is…” following on with more probing statements “when I see my father I feel…” / “I feel secure when…”). We would be able to ascertain Miss G’s emotional condition vis-a-vis the people and situations that make her stuck in her present state.
Noting her responses and emotions can allow us to proceed to a more positive session of Regression. Inner Child Therapy Inner Child Therapy (ICT) would be of great benefit to Miss G, although with an understanding of the possible abreactions that might ensue from it. The inner child is hidden away, it has never grown up and still feels as a child might. It requires encouragement from the older self to make that bond, to allow expression of thought to an adult self (important as other adults might have been seen as being untrustworthy).
The child’s emotions would have formed Miss G’s belief system and a chance to alter the younger self would banish the later personal lifestyle. Allowing her to make an emotional connection with her younger self, giving reassurance and love where it was lacking. This may need to be done on several occasions to enforce the feeling of ‘belonging’ and being wanted. Used in conjunction with other forms of analytical therapy, ICT is also suitable for people who have come to terms with their past but possibly requiring further help.
It does not suit everyone, factors such as age when the ISE occurred and to what extent disassociation may have been used play a part. Regression Forgotten experiences can be rediscovered and relived with regression. There will be both positive and negative ones, but we deal with the latter to try and understand how they were caused and why we hold onto them. For it to work there must be total trust between therapist and client. Miss G would understand that as this is a journey to where the ISE took place there will be abreactions, understandably.
This is interactive therapy, the onus is on the client: she will be able to talk and feel more relaxed for it. But the therapist should only lead the client to the ISE itself and not make suggestions that are incorrect or fabricated. But it allows questions to be made that can bring out the feelings of the client as well as asking her what is happening. The subconscious will only give up as much as it wants to, to protect the client from divulging more than is necessary for their own well-being. Regression therapists don’t analyse a relationship but explore defining moments of it.
Exploring means reliving in full, including physical feelings (cold feet, wet underwear etc). Choices of screeds could, amongst others, include corridors of time, going into a garden and down steps, attic full of memories/photos. NLP and CBT Could both be intertwined with the above, replacing stress/anxiety with strategies that work. Empowerment and taking control of her life in a positive manner, using anchors to improve her day-to-day skills. Would help to have homework for improved results. Ethical Issues – Miss G must be confident of the trust, confidentiality and ultimate bond between her and the therapist.