Brief simultaneous couple hypnotherapy with a rape victim and her spouse: A Brief Communication

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This paper presents a case involving a rape victim and her emotionally affected spouse. Although the assault occurred before the couple met, the husband was too upset to concentrate when the victim wanted to share her rape-related feelings, nor could he provide the much needed empathy and support. This, apparently, was due to his difficulties in handling his own rage. Simultaneous couple hypnotherapy was used to allow the victim to share her experience under conditions safe for both her and her spouse. As he imagined in trance the rape account described by his age-regressed wife, he learned to identify his emotions and experience them in a controlled manner. During subsequent sessions, the husband was encouraged to include himself in his wife's abreaction and reshape the traumatic scene for both of them. The husband's rescuing behavior and the expressions of violent anger towards the perpetrator had several positive consequences. Not only did they change the abandonment component of the victim's traumatic memory, but they also helped the husband deal in better ways with his own feelings of anger. It also provided the couple with a helpful coping mechanism they later effectively applied under different circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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