What is mnemodynamic therapy?

Have you ever wondered why you feel a bit stuck? Or perhaps you find yourself dwelling on negative thoughts or worries? It could be because you’re holding onto emotional pain or trauma from the past. 

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Our past challenges can shape the way we think and behave in the present, preventing us from moving on with life. Sometimes we need help to work through these past anxieties. There are lots of different therapeutic styles to help us process difficult memories, but one way to address the cause of emotional difficulties is mnemodynamic therapy. It is related to hypnotherapy and sessions with a qualified professional can be a way to let go of limiting or unhelpful beliefs.

Let’s take a look at mnemodynamic therapy in more detail, including the benefits, and how to find a hypnotherapist specialising in this style of therapy.

What is mnemodynamic therapy?

The idea behind mnemodynamic therapy is that for many of life’s issues or worries, there is a root cause. The goal of this type of therapy is to bring to light these causes through conscious regression. Accredited hypnotherapist and psychotherapist Rebecca Flatres talks about mnemodynamic therapy in her Hypnotherapy Directory profile, “Mnemodynamic therapy is a form of conscious regression to help find the root cause of any emotional issues present to ensure they are addressed correctly and effectively.”

As with other styles of therapy, such as hypnoanalysis and psychoanalysis, mnemodynamic therapy is based on the premise that once the original cause of the problem has been identified, and the emotion attached has been released, healthier thoughts and behaviours can now have space to surface.

Even though mnemodynamic therapy is very different to other forms of regression, it is focused on past events, rather than solution-focused types of therapy such as neuro-linguistic programming (NLP); this works to explore someone’s future intentions and possibilities, rather than delving into previous experiences.

How does regression work?

Many professionals specialising in this area believe that trauma from the past dictates how we behave and react on a daily basis, so the idea is to go back to those earlier memories to process what happened in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Mnemodynamic therapy does not remove or alter memories, instead, it aims to lift the emotional upset or pain associated with them. Sometimes pain can lie deep within the subconscious mind, but it still has a way of affecting our present behaviours, thoughts, and decisions. Once the past event(s) have been addressed with the help of the professional, you may feel a sense of catharsis and mental clarity to move forward with new, healthy ways of living.

Getting the right kind of support

This type of therapy is specialised, so it requires the experience and expertise of a professionally trained mnemodynamic practitioner. It is not appropriate to attempt this kind of therapy yourself through the use of self-hypnosis, for example.

How can mnemodynamic therapy help me?

It’s worth pointing out that not all hypnotherapists believe that current issues are the result of traumatic or negative memories. If you’re worried that something you’re currently struggling with does have an underlying cause, it could be worth exploring it with mnemodynamic therapy – remembering that each individual and their circumstances are unique.

Some mnemodynamic professionals say that this type of therapy can be beneficial when it comes to issues, such as:

  • letting go of emotional pain
  • overthinking or repetitive thoughts
  • habits
  • releasing negative attachments
  • fears or phobias
  • confidence 
  • stress
  • panic attacks

Finding a mnemodynamic professional

If you’re feeling ready to look into this further and feel that mnemodynamic therapy may be a good way forward, the next step is to find a professional trained in this type of therapy. Feel free to use our advanced search tool to look for hypnotherapists trained in this approach.

Hypnotherapists aren’t regulated in the UK, meaning there are no laws outlining the specific requirements needed to practise this form of therapy. So, it’s always a good idea to look through the professional’s profiles in detail to learn more about their style of working. And never worry about asking your potential therapist about their experience in this area and how many sessions are required.

We have a policy in place as part of our verification process, ensuring our hypnotherapists have provided proof of membership with a professional body, relevant qualifications and insurance, before being listed with the Hypnotherapy Directory.

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Written by Samantha Redgrave-Hogg
Sam Redgrave-Hogg is a Content Creator & Strategist at Happiful and writer for Hypnotherapy Directory.
Written by Samantha Redgrave-Hogg
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