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Catholics and Hypnosis

Sue writes: “I have been struggling with anxiety disorder for three years after illness and a breakdown. I am getting much better, but have some hard work ahead of me. However, I rightfully lost faith in my last therapist and had to find a new one. Sadly, I do not have access to a Catholic therapist in my area. I had to start seeing a new secular therapist this past month. I have been making good strides, but he likes to use a form of hypnosis in order to open my mind and feed some positive thoughts. I told him I do not feel comfortable with hypnosis due to my faith. He has done some guided hypnosis on me and I feel so clear headed after, but after discovering he has been doing hypnosis, I have become leery of it. I do not want to be misled and have found various opinions on the subject in the Catholic circle. What should I do?"

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Painful Fallout from Repressed Memory Therapy

49263666_sWe recently received an email from a reader who was concerned about a family member who was becoming increasingly distant from family and the Church after seeing a therapist who was involved in recovered memory therapy. The alleged “facts” about abuse that were brought out in these sessions began to tear the family apart, bit by bit. What was the family to do?

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Beware of Repressed Memory Therapy!

Repressed memory therapy, or RMT, was back in the news last week when a second woman filed a malpractice lawsuit against a Missouri treatment center for allegedly hypnotizing her and leading her to believe her eating disorder was due to "repressed memories" of Satanic ritual abuse.

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