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Rapid Age Regression

Breaking the Spell of Pre-Existing Negative Trances
by Terry Argast, Ph.D.

Rapid Age Regression is a technique adapted from John Watkins' Affect Bridge. It can be an effective way to access the unconscious origins of a psychological problem and to provide a basis for therapeutic intervention. It can be utilized with a wide variety of clients who have some intense affect associated with the problem. The focus of the hypnotic induction is this negative affect, utilizing the portal of the pre-existing trance which allows the clinician to address the root cause of the affect at an unconscious level.

In many cases, a simple abreaction or reliving of dissociated or repressed memories is sufficient to provide relief. In other cases, a process of differentiation is necessary to accomplish the therapeutic goals. Often, the simple awareness that the person is in another time or place is adequate to "break the spell" of this isolated affect.

About this Material

The Southern California Society for Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis has been formally teaching hypnosis and other therapeutic techniques for many years. As part of our training program, we routinely do demonstrations of the techniques and then have the participants practice these techniques in the workshop and, hopefully, with their clients. The demonstration portion of our training consistently receives the highest rating of what the participants determined that was most useful to their understand of how to use the procedure.

This material (book, CDs and DVDs) is a collection of seven demonstrations of this technique along with in-depth analysis and explanation of the clinical model and the steps of the technique. Five of these are from demonstrations Dr. Argast conducted during the Society training programs from 1993 and 1994. Two are from actual therapy sessions with clients.

The didactic material is taken from a special workshop conducted in August of 1994. During this workshop, the clinical model was explained in depth to assist in understanding how to use this technique. Each of the seven CD segments was introduced and discussed. When possible, follow-up information about how the experience has impacted the subject has been included. The discussion segments after the demonstrations have been edited, but the actual demonstrations are unedited other than as necessary to protect patient confidentiality.

What is valuable about this material is that it provides the repetition and in-depth analysis that is essential to master a particular clinical approach. This type of study is not available in a workshop setting, whereas this series of book and associated DVDs and CDs allows the clinician an opportunity to study the theory and practical applications of the techniques on a much deeper level.

The written material includes the didactic material about the clinical model, the basic steps and elements of the technique, details and issues therapists are likely to encounter when they use this approach, then a transcription of the dialogue of each demonstration complete with an analysis of what is going on and an explanation of the intervention.

Since it is impossible to fully understand how the technique is used and how individuals respond to it from the written material alone, we are also providing audio and video resources so that the clinician can not only study the theory, but also experience the nuances and tone of actual interventions.

The Book

Rapid Age Regression:
Breaking the Spell of Pre-Existing Negative Trances

Contents of the book

Section 1: Theoretical Model

  • Psychopathology as pre-existing trances
  • Automatic learnings: both the problem and the solution
  • Association and differentiation: Knowing how to break the spell
  • Depth of trance: How far to go
  • A systemic model of amnesia
  • Focus on affect as the pathway to the unconscious
  • Updating the unconscious and the fixed ideas
  • Tapping unconscious resources through natural context suggestions

Section 2: Steps in Rapid Age Regression

  • Identify the feeling
  • Deepen and regress with imagery
  • Orient to the past situation
  • Establishing rapport with the unconscious
  • Identify the therapeutic issue
  • Identify the fixed ideas
  • Intervention
  • Reorientation

Section 3: Demonstrations

Each of the 7 demonstrations contains:

  • Introduction
  • Transcripts with analysis
  • Discussion
Rapid Age Regression:
The Book
Catalog # RAR-B $35



An introduction to the clinical approach.

Introduction to the model and technique
Using diagrams and lecture, Dr. Argast provides an easy to understand foundation of the clinical model and a description of the steps in using the technique.
(50 minutes)

Demonstration 1
This segment demonstrates the basic technique and how to focus a client on their feeling when the feeling is vague. It also illustrates how to deepen the experience by going back to other times when the subject had an experience in the past that is connected to the target feeling.
(27 minutes)

Demonstration 2
This section demonstrates the use of revivification as a way to focus the subject on the feeling. It shows how the feelings can change naturally, how sometimes certain feelings are off-limits, and the importance of facilitating an internal dialogue between the conscious and unconscious. This segment has a unique element of showing how to create post-hypnotic suggestions to deal with issues that cannot be dealt with at the time of the session itself.
(33 minutes)

Rapid Age Regression:
Catalog # RAR-V1 $55


To deepen your understanding and refine your skills.

Demonstration 3
An excellent example of age progression and "Updating" the unconscious. This segment demonstrates how an issue from the past can impact the present. It shows how experiences throughout a person's life are associated, deepening and reinforcing the pre-existing negative trance.
(41 minutes)

Demonstration 4
This example shows how easily the therapist can switch between the present and the past to get information from the client, yet still maintain rapport. This demonstrates the subject "collapsing" into the intense feelings of the younger self and illustrates strategies of how to provide positive suggestions that will deal with the upsetting affect as well as the fixed ideas that are connected to self-identity and the view of the outside world.
(35 minutes)

Demonstration 5
In this example, the subject is dealing with a flashback that had recently emerged. It illustrates the dynamics of resistance when there is internal enmity between the conscious and unconscious and how this resistance can be a significant roadblock to therapeutic progress. The demonstration also provides some distancing techniques to help the unconscious get closer to the emerging trauma. The fixed ideas and issues of the unconscious are the clearest in this example, illustrating the importance of addressing the identified concerns and showing the method and the results of connecting the unconscious to the body. This demonstration concludes with a follow-up segment where the subject reports on the impact of the intervention after several months.
(53 minutes)

Rapid Age Regression:
Catalog # RAR-V2 $55


To facilitate the transition in applying these techniques to clinical practice by demonstrating how this is used in two therapy sessions.

Demonstration 6
This segment shows the first time this intervention had been done with this dissociative client. It illustrates internal unconscious confusion and resistance to moving closer to sensitive material, as well as the imagery techniques to deal with the resistance. The demonstration shows how certain symptoms are directly connected to past events and how they can be associated with different events. Some typical fixed ideas will be depicted, illustrating their importance in influencing the unconscious. The demonstration provides an effective example of a "rescue" imagery, common in trauma situations, that acts like a hypnotic suggestion.
(42 minutes)

Demonstration 7
This segment is taken from a therapy session with a multiple personality client, where an ego state externalizes a deeper issue. The demonstration illustrates how to balance the issues from the present with those from the past. It shows how to listen for key clues to how to formulate the intervention. With this particular client, unconscious dynamics are exceptionally clear, depicting all the elements of the other demonstrations (resistance, fixed ideas, rescuing, association of experiences, flood of affect, putting experiences together, reliving trauma, updating, internal enmity, integration, coming into the body and setting the stage for future work).
(63 minutes)

Rapid Age Regression:
Catalog # RAR-V3 $55


Rapid Age Regression:
All Three DVDs
(Catalog # RAR-V4) $120
Special Package:
3-Disc DVD set, the book, plus one full year free consultation*
(Catalog # RAR-SPV5) $149


Audio CDs

The audio CDs contain the same material as the DVDs.

Audio CD 1:
Introduction to the model and technique, plus Demonstration 1
(Catalog # RAR-A1) $15
Audio CD 2:
Demonstrations 2 & 3
(Catalog # RAR-A2) $15
Audio CD 3:
Demonstrations 4 & 5
(Catalog # RAR-A3) $15
Audio CD 4:
Demonstration 6 & 7
(Catalog # RAR-A4) $15
4-CD Audio Set
includes free album
(Catalog # RAR-A5) $49
Special Package:
4-CD audio set, the book, plus one full year free consultation*
(Catalog # RAR-SPA6) $78


*Consultation comprises one 10-minute phone consultation per week for up to one year from the date of your purchase with Dr. Argast. This is a $1200 value! You may use the time to clarify information, trouble-shoot working with difficult clients, or even follow one client throughout the course of treatment.

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