Childhood Trauma & Memory Loss
When you experience something so painful that you “block out” the memory itself and anything that reminds you of it, you may be experiencing memory loss trauma. This may lead you to hide important information from yourself by occluding larger swaths of information than you initially intended.
If you are facing obstacles associated with memory loss, you may benefit from age regression hypnosis techniques that can help you see things in a new light. A therapist trained in age regression techniques may help you in the following ways.
Identify Areas Where Memory Loss Has Caused Harm
Are you getting troublesome feedback from friends, family, and colleagues about your forgetful habits? While it’s easy to assume it’s a personality quirk, consider that you may be experiencing a level of memory loss that has now negatively impacted your quality of life.
One example where this manifests is in car accident victims, where psychological “residue” from the event gets hidden away in the subconscious mind, and impacts memory associated with the event as a result. You may not be surprised to learn that victims experience anxiety behind the wheel for a while following an accident.
However, lesser-known effects linger, including the victim’s decreased ability to tolerate triggering memories involving the accident. They may panic hearing the song that was playing during impact or be unwilling to drive any of the routes they were driving the day the accident happened. For someone who uses their car daily, a sudden, intense fear of driving comes with its own compounded disadvantages.
In such instances, a therapist can help you work through the triggers and reframe the reaction to them.
Potential Memory Loss Triggers
- Do you tune out information presented to you in a loud/agitated tone?
- Do you find yourself zoning out about your precarious finances in the middle of unrelated conversations?
- Do you find your forgetfulness to be worse around holidays or important traditions?
If your forgetfulness is rooted in childhood trauma, it can be quite a challenge to improve upon. Making yourself feel bad about it only further complicates you getting the help you need to make a change.
Create a Safe Environment to Explore Childhood Trauma and Memory Loss
Reprocessing trauma to help memories feel safer to access is often a primary goal in therapy. An experienced professional in age regression may teach you ways to self-induce a younger state of mind, which can make it easier to confront triggering memories and reframe how to react when they come up.
It is important to work with someone who can guide you from start to finish in your age regression sessions for a safe and supportive experience. Keeping yourself safe while employing age-regressed techniques is of the utmost importance to experience its benefits.
Coach “Younger You” Through Hard Things
The discomfort associated with the reprocessing of traumatic events from the past can be shocking to your mental and physical well-being, and send you into a reactive state of fight or flight. Protecting yourself may mean giving “older” you a chance to warn your younger self that tenuous territory is going to be explored. Here are a few ways you can protect your regressed self:
Have a self-care routine in place
A funny movie, a weighted blanket- however you decompress from stress, have it ready immediately after difficult territory is traversed. You may even need support in place during the trauma exploration itself, including needs a therapist may work with you to accommodate. If you live with someone, discuss creating an environment that meets both of your needs, while also keeping you safe to continue along your healing journey.
Minimize external interruptions
Imagine: You’re finally in a comfortable, safe physical and mental place to practice age regression techniques. It may help to block off your calendar and silence your phone in times of memory loss trauma exploration. Life and emergencies are bound to happen, but protect the time you have to the best of your ability.
Communicate with your therapist
As you build confidence and experience inducing your younger self, your needs in therapy may start to evolve. Take note when you’re no longer responding to a particular method they’re using. Conversely, if you want to try new methodologies during your sessions, feel comfortable suggesting them to your therapist. Expect your needs to shift- a professional can handle it!
Find a Quality Provider for Age Regression Services
The best way to utilize age regression techniques to recover from memory loss trauma is with an experienced, licensed professional in age regression therapy and hypnosis. For those looking for trauma therapy in Miami, Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M., at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy is a Department-of-Education certified professional offering services in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). A Columbia and NYU scholar holding a dual master’s in psychology, allows Anna’s expertise to guide you through vulnerable territory.
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