Is it possible to use hypnosis to aid in memory recovery?
March 27, 2007 6:37 AM Subscribe
Is there any validity or reliability to using hypnosis to explore forgotten memories? Also, recommendations for therapists in the Seattle area or what to look for in a therapist?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (32 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sorry, I know this is a ridiculously long question, but I thought some background since I'm asking about something that's pretty scientifically sketchy.
When I was a young girl, about five or six, I watched a really graphic, kinky, weird porn. I could always see flashes of it in my mind and remember scenes from it, but I thought I must have just conjured them up (although, in retrospect, it's obviously hard to imagine a girl that age just imagining this stuff). Anyway, I recently did some research and found out that this was a real movie and I was even able to watch parts of it. My memories about watching it are really vague, although I think I can remember a general place and I have the distinct feeling I saw it more than once.
I keep telling myself that I should just let this go, that's it's not a big deal and it's just a movie and it was something that happened a long time ago and since I don't remember it very clearly it can't have had too much of an impact. I don't have any memory of being sexually assaulted or anything like that, which seems like something I would remember, although I also know that there are certain signs of sexual assault which I do exhibit.
Parts of this have been incorporated into my own sexuality and sometimes in ways that are disturbing to me. I tend to be attracted to really aggressive, sometimes even sexually violent guys and I don't seem to be able to carry on normal relationships, partly because I lose all sexual interest in guys who are really nice to me.
So, I know the standard advice is to see a therapist and I think that's finally something that I'm ready to do. I have a few questions, though. First of all, is there any point in trying to use hypnosis to figure out where these memories are coming from and maybe to reassure myself that nothing serious really happened? Or is it just a pack of bullshit and liable to bring up nothing but false memories?
Also, can anyone recommend any good therapists, of any sort really, in the Seattle area? I've tried googling but haven't really been able to come up with much specific information. How does one go about picking a therapist anyhow? Should I just assume that they all have credentials and are therefore qualified to deal with these sorts of issues or are there specific things I should be checking for?
I set up a gmail account in case anybody has any questions. It's firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!