Hypno-Counting with Memory Reconsolidation for Discrete Trauma Treatment

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  • November 22, 2019
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Road, Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $135 before November 8, $155 after

Presented by: Becky Beaton, Ph.D., NBCCH-Fellow

Dr. Beaton is a Licensed Psychologist and the Founder of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) as well as The Knowledge Tree (her new online training organization), and she has over 28 years of clinical experience. She is a National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy (NBCCH-Fellow) through the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH). Dr. Beaton earned her Fellowship (the highest level of certification) with NBCCH for her extensive years of training and experience in hypnotherapy. She has taught hundreds of workshops on hypnotherapy and trauma both nationally and internationally. However, for many years Dr. Beaton exclusively taught hypnotherapy certification courses to mental health professionals all over the United States, Mexico, and South Africa. She later created her own NBCCH approved hypnotherapy certification training in 2008, and she continues to update this training every year. She developed her Hypno-Counting with Memory Reconsolidation technique in 2015, and she’s excited to be teaching this to all mental health clinicians as opposed to just her hypnotherapy students and staff. She has seen how powerful this technique it is and how easy it is to learn, so she wants more therapists to be utilizing it. From a teaching perspective, Dr. Beaton is known for her unusual combination of being extremely knowledgeable & scientific yet down-to-earth & easy to understand, while also being playful and humorous. Not only will you learn a ton, you’ll have fun doing so. LPCA of Georgia has awarded her with both the Counselor Educator of the Year Award in 2005 as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Workshop Description:

We now know from brain research that every time we retrieve a memory it becomes reconsolidated within five to six hours after retrieval. This time period is a perfect time to “update” a memory, and there are several strategies according to learning theory to do this in the most effective way possible to create “new learning.” This is memory reconsolidation at its best, and we as therapists have this amazing window to help clients reconsolidate painful memories in such a way that this process can truly alleviate the effect that trauma has on our psyches in a very concise and humane way. The model that Dr. Beaton has created takes the best from several different areas of study:

1) Brain and memory research regarding the reconsolidation process

2) Learning theory, particularly Michelle Craske’s new research on inhibitory learning

3) Utilizing the emotional brain and sensory experience via hypnotherapy to increase experiential learning

4) Counting to help the client develop a timeline with a beginning, a middle and an end (with particular emphases on the end), while also activating the “Observer Self” to stay attuned to the therapist’s voice and be in the present while just briefly looking at the past to prevent retraumatization

5) Paying attention to messages from the body to process the trauma on a somatic level

6) Employing cognitive reframing strategies and positive attachment to safe individuals in order to clean up any old beliefs and reinforce the client is not alone in this process before completing the sequence.

Combining these strategies helps the client update their brain to truly assimilate that the trauma is over and to process and reframe the experience without causing retraumatization. As described above, Dr. Beaton developed her own Hypnotherapy Certification Course in 2008 after teaching for another organization around the globe since 1997. She later took a training and did subsequent research on various counting methods as well as the process of how memory reconsolidation works for dealing with trauma. Dr. Beaton then decided to combine these cutting edge methods with hypnotherapy, somatic theory, attachment theory and cognitive restructuring to achieve maximum benefit from the various models, and she began teaching it in her Hypnotherapy Certification Courses. She noticed that students were able to master the technique quickly and clients were achieving amazing results, and she has continued to refine the technique over the past four and a half years. Participants will learn how to induce a simple trance and employ this variation of counting, as well has how to set up the entire process according to the research around memory reconsolidation, attachment, and cognitive reframing to maximize results. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss the difference between Discrete and Complex Trauma.
  • Describe the cutting edge research on memory reconsolidation and explain why strategies that incorporate counting work well to help individuals process discrete trauma fairly rapidly and without retraumatization.
  • Compare memory reconsolidation with Michelle Craske’s new research on inhibitory learning.
  • Identify the importance of helping clients learn that discrete trauma has a beginning, a middle, and an end and how to utilize hypno-counting to update the client’s brain that their discrete trauma is over.
  • Utilize the latest research on the importance of engaging the emotional brain and somatic experience to facilitate new learning and how hypno-counting is a perfectly suited intervention to do just this.
  • Observe, Practice, and Experience hypnotic induction as well as Hypno-Counting with Memory Reconsolidation.  


  • 8:30 – 9:00 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:15 – 1:15 Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:15 – 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 – 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 – 4:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

6 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GSCSW:  Pending
  • MFTs: Pending

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