Forensic Regression

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In a groundbreaking development, forensic regression was proved effective in enabling memory revivification following substance-induced amnesia.

Amnesia: a common effect of date rape drugs

In November 2016, the subject, a 5’5”, 100 lbs. woman in her 30s, was invited for dinner to the home of a man she had recently resumed seeing. She had met the unemployed 49 year-old the previous summer. Her initial lack of interest was met by his whirlwind attempts to win her over. It ended abruptly in August, when she accepted to meet him at his residence and found herself brutally pinned, face down, both wrists trapped in one of his hands, while he assaulted her with his other hand, deaf and oblivious to her repeated pleads he was hurting her. She interrupted all contacts with him. Months later, the 49 year-old resumed his romantic attempts to win her over, stressing what had happened over the summer was a misunderstanding, and ensuring he never meant to harm her. For weeks, he worked relentlessly at regaining her trust, until she eventually accepted to visit him again.

When she arrived at his residence, a fire was burning in the living room. He invited her to sit in front of the hearth and retreated to the kitchen. Returning with a small cup of warm sake, he indicated it would warm her up, since it was stormy and cold that day. When she brought the cup to her lips, the vapors emanating from it and the taste seemed strong and unpleasant. She dipped her lips in the warm liquid and put the cup down without consuming it. He withdrew to the kitchen once again and returned this time with a glass of sparkling Italian red wine. She began sipping the beverage as he stood watching her.

Within 15 minutes, she had lost all muscle function and motor coordination, along with the ability to think coherently. She later described feeling as if she had somehow left her body and suddenly found herself in some sort of dissociated, dream-like state. Confused and drowsy, she looked up at him and asked: “What did you put in my glass? I can’t feel my body!” Towering over her from his 6’4″ height, he snapped back: “Nothing. Just Lambrusco.” She attempted to stand but found herself stumbling, disoriented and dizzy. This was shortly after 4 pm.

She then experienced complete amnesia of the following 8 hours. Her memories resume after midnight, when she found herself naked, alone on her knees on the bathroom floor, vomiting over his toilet. Freezing cold, shaken, dizzy and violently nauseous, she continued vomiting for hours as her body desperately attempted to expel the ingested substances.

Around 2 am, when she was finally able to stand, she washed herself in the bathroom and made her way to the bedroom, where she found him cuddling his dog, his back turned to her. Cold and shaken, not understanding what had happened, she curled into bed against him, in an attempt to find warmth. When she placed her cheek against his chest, he head-butted her with his shoulder in a violent motion that propelled her away from him, and turned his back to her again. Standing up without a sound, she searched for her clothes, which she found on the ground, kicked in a discarded lump in a corner of the room. She dressed silently and fled the scene.

When she awoke the next day, she discovered her body was covered with bruises. Large, red, black and blue contusions marked her breasts, the inside of both forearms, her gluteus and legs. Without any recollections of the eight-hour period of time that extended between sipping the glass of red wine downstairs by the fireplace, and finding herself naked on her knees in the upstairs bathroom, she struggled to make sense of what had happened.

Forensic Regression

The medical, police and forensic teams that responded to her in the following days, examining her, taking photos of the bruising and documenting the facts, were adamant. The partial consumption of a glass of red wine is unlikely to produce symptoms of this severity within 15 minutes of sipping it. Even in cases of alcohol intoxication, the reasonable question that follows is who would disrobe and have sex for the first time with a partner whose judgment is impaired and who might even be unconscious. The combination of the complete amnesia of an eight-hour block of time and total anesthesia from all physical sensations she experienced indicates a likely benzodiazepines poisoning, a medical emergency that could have proved lethal for the 100 lbs. woman without previous exposure to synthetic drugs or sedatives.

Amnesia is a common side effect of date rape drugs. Benzodiazepines, whether they are legal like Xanax, Klonopin or Valium, along with a long list of anti-anxiety, muscle relaxants and antipsychotic prescription medications prescribed to manage psychosis, bipolar or borderline symptoms, emotional or mental disorders, anesthetics used in veterinary practices like Ketamine, or underground drugs like GHB or Rohypnol, no longer legal in the United States, can all cause drowsiness, confusion, loss of motor coordination, dizziness, numbness, nausea, seizures, vomiting, unconsciousness and death. Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are not the only drugs used to spike the drinks of unsuspected victims. Legal benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin have also been used to facilitate crimes.

During the forensic regression, the woman was brought back to her last conscious memory: in front of the fireplace, beginning to sip the glass of wine. To prevent the possibility of tainting, leading or influencing her recollection, she was left to process the unfolding of the events on her own, without any input or interference from the forensic team.

From the safety of the deep, physical, mental and emotional relaxation we induce during a regression, surrounded by the protective presence of the team, the memories contained within the depths of her mind began to unfold gently, easily and effortlessly.


Ideomotor responses were established for her to indicate when the revivification had begun, confirm it was still unfolding, and signal when she had reached the reconnection to her conscious recollection of being on her knees on the bathroom floor.

Among the recovered memories were:

His voice, as he was towering over her in front of the fireplace, asking her: “Would you like to go upstairs?” Her clear response: “I wouldn’t be able to stand… What did you put in my glass? I can’t feel my body!” These words alone were alarming to her, as she had never before had to ask this question.

Flashbacks, images and sounds continued unfolding in her mind:

Staring at his open closet, from the bed upstairs where she found herself laying on her back, noticing the rigid and clinical color coordinated alignment of clothing, exclusively in shades of black and gray.

Finding herself naked, pinned down under his naked body, while she repeated: “I’m scared … I’m scared…” His voice responding: “Don’t worry… I’m not going to take you until you relax some more…”

Her own voice stating: “I’m not on the pill…” His response: “I have condoms. The last thing I want is an unplanned pregnancy…”

Physical Anesthesia

What was never recovered was any awareness whatsoever of physical sensations during the 8-hour timeframe, indicating the ingested substances had in fact produced a complete state of physical anesthesia.

Among other missing blocks of memory was the absence of recollection as to how her clothing was removed from her body. This was disturbing to her considering she was wearing multiple layers: a snug winter dress with a full-length zipper in the back that came all the way up to the nape of her neck, stockings, thick knee-high winter socks and boots.

These missing parts indicate the very real probability she slipped in and out of consciousness. This is also hinted by the fact she remembers nothing further until she was shaken by his loud screaming in her ear as he came. The loud, painful shouts against one of her ears, jolted her back to consciousness for a moment. She became aware only then, in her dream-like state, that he was inside of her. An observation she deducted from the positioning of his body trapping and engulfing hers and his screaming. Yet, again, there were still no physical sensations of any kind. Her body remained entirely numb through the complete block of time.

The degree of confusion and distress prompted by amnesia is difficult to understand without having experienced it. The mind spins in endless loops in an attempt to recover the missing memories. It is challenging for the mind to comprehend how a large block of life can somehow disappear from conscious awareness. The depth of relief provided by memory revivification is immensely therapeutic and beneficial in recovering from the debilitating hold left behind by traumatic events.

This was groundbreaking research for our team. It is often assumed forensic regression is not likely to facilitate results in cases of substance-induced amnesia. Yet, we consistently obtain results clinically regressing patients to experiences they had in surgery, while under general anesthesia. Memories sometimes confirmed by those present at the time. If part of the mind remains aware while in a controlled state of unconsciousness like general anesthesia, we should expect memory revivification to be possible in other types of drug-induced amnesia.


Close to 75 percent of rapists and sexual offenders are friends, family members or partners of the victim. Most acts are premeditated and occur behind closed doors as an attempt from the perpetrator at gaining control. Perpetrators are trained manipulators, who convince themselves and others that they are never at fault for their actions.

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) is a criminal act punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines for intent to commit a crime of violence by distributing controlled substances to another individual without their knowledge (Drug-Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996).

About the Author

Genvièv Martin-Bernard, President of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, is Board Certified and a Certified Instructor with the NGH, a Valedictorian from the Ivy League Sorbonne University of Paris, and an Emergency Medicine First Responder with the Wilderness Medicine Institute. She has decades of experience researching, practicing, and teaching the concepts and applications of working with brain plasticity and forensic hypnosis in the U.S. and overseas. With specialized training in forensic discovery, and years of expertise in the legal field, she acted as a communication liaison in complex and critical situations, including duties for the Department of Homeland Security and the US Court System.

The niece of Bernard de Gaulle, nephew of General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, and Leader of the Resistance Forces during WWII, she comes from a long family tradition of national and international defense. The support, morale and wellness of troops, law enforcement and government officials are at the core of her personal and professional values.

According to Senior Special Agent John Kilnapp of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, forensic hypnosis may be the only way to recover the details of a traumatic event crime victims blocked out of their mind. Neuroscientists studying electroencephalograms of the alpha and theta brain cycles experienced during hypnosis, explain the deep, attentive physical, mental and emotional relaxation characteristic of this state produces a significant increase in endorphin levels, our body’s natural opiate system, as well as in dopamine and norepinephrine levels, enhancing our focus and attention.

This creates an ideal state for synthetic thought and creativity, functions of the right brain hemisphere, placing us in an optimal condition to learn new information, remember facts and data, memorize new languages and analyze complex situations. Helping witnesses and victims enhance their clarity of mind, enables us to revisit their recall, thereby providing law enforcement officials with vital information and leads.

When conducted properly, forensic hypnosis can be an important element in the preparation and outcome of a trial.

Exam Anxiety

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In the spring of this year, a bright young woman came to seek my help for severe exam anxiety. Considering she had a four-hour round-trip drive to get to me, we conducted a single session, six months prior to her exam, to uncover, shift and release the root cause responsible for her unexplained anxiety.

A straight-A student through the course of her youth, she never worried about exams and succeeded effortlessly until she suddenly became plagued by acute anxiety shortly after starting medical school. She couldn’t comprehend what caused such radical shift in her abilities and performance. Her symptoms were so severe, she experienced debilitating panic attacks during examinations, paralyzing her capabilities and rendering her unable to think, process the information and perform appropriately.

The anxiety built within her chest, prompting shortness of breath and moist palms. Mounting panic rushed through her, tears bursting through her eyes, as her thoughts spun out of control telling her she would not be able to do this. Her condition worsened as the test progressed, culminating into a debilitating panic attack rendering her entirely unable to perform. For the first time in her life, she was unable to maintain her academic excellence and failed her Medical Board Examinations two years in a row before ending up in my office.

In a state of hypnosis, she was brought to the situation triggering her anxiety: sitting in an exam room, in situation, attempting to take her Medical Board Exam for the third year in a row. Instantly, she began exhibiting the symptoms she had described: overcome by spasms, hyperventilating, crying, her body curled up into a full-blown panic attack. As soon as she connected to the anxiety she experienced during examinations, we age-regressed her panic to its original cause.

What we call the ISE (Initial Sensitizing Event) was, in her case, criticizing comments addressed to her by one of her professors during her early years of medical school. As a young student in her early 20s, entering the medical field for the first time, she was impressionable and under pressure to perform. Whenever our emotions are heightened by stress or a sense of insecurity, our subconscious mind becomes more vulnerable to imprints. An imprint is a statement our subconscious mind takes in as truth at a level so deep, it bypasses our conscious, logical, barriers and becomes edged in the emotional fabric of our mind, embedded as truth. The event itself is often forgotten thereafter, leaving us with an “imprinted” truth that becomes our reality, influences our actions and reactions and changes the course of our path. When the ISE comes from a figure of authority, it is all the more easily accepted and integrated as truth by our subconscious mind. In the case of this bright young woman, the root cause responsible for the collapse of her academic excellence originated in the threatening comments of a professor, who had expressed doubts about her ability to be successful in this field.

Once the root cause is unveiled, in a state of hypnosis, we are able to analyze the situation in a logical manner, with a clear, detached frame of mind, freed from the confusion of unnecessary emotions. We are able to reflect upon the fact the professor did not know her personally, was not aware of her lifelong academic track of excellence and therefore had no way of knowing whether or not she had the ability to excel in this field. There is no logical reason for a bright student, who always excelled in her studies, to suddenly lose the ability to continue excelling in her field of choice. Having no personal knowledge of this student, the Professor’s comments could have just as well been brought on by her own self-doubts, inner-fears or preconceived limitations. This student having excelled effortlessly throughout the course of her education had long demonstrated the ability of her mind to comprehend, memorize and put courses into proper application. Analyzing imprints at the subconscious level of the mind, while in a state of hypnosis, enables us to delete the negative programming left behind by authority figures, restore our self-image and renew our original potential.

Uncovering the root cause of a problem of this nature in a state of hypnosis enables us to disconnect its hold on our subconscious mind.  When we understand where and when the imprint took place, we are able to shift our perspective of the initial sensitizing event and reveal the truth behind the illusion.  Very often, when we are at the receiving end of an attack, we are in fact witnessing a reflection of the attacker’s own fears, problems and limitations.  Once we understand that, we are able to observe the actions of others from a different perspective and prevent them from affecting our sense of self-worth.

Having successfully resolved the root cause of this young woman’s anxiety, we followed up with techniques targeted toward restoring her natural confidence and success.  During hypnosis, we also anchored post-hypnotic commands enabling her to remain deeply relaxed, focused and comfortable during her board exam with a simple finger technique, allowing her complete control of her breathing, clarity of mind and physical, mental and emotional states.

One week prior to her Board Exam, we conducted a follow-up session to reinforce her shift, strengthen her ability to reach a deep level of calm, focused relaxation and clarity of mind throughout the length of the exam and deepen her self-confidence.  We solidified the calm, peaceful, solid and serene awareness she experienced during her hypnosis sessions.  Lastly, we trained her in exam-taking techniques, allowing her to make optimal use of her time during the length of the exam, in order to progress through every question in a calm and efficient manner.

She attended her anticipated Board Exam the following week, for the third year in a row. This time, she passed with flying colors. The root cause unlocked, shifted and released, the paralyzing panic and anxiety, which had plagued her since medical school and caused her to fail two years in a row, were permanently disconnected. The exam techniques enabled her, she reported later, to prioritize her responses efficiently and make excellent use of her time in a calm, focused and goal-oriented manner. She completed her morning session with one and a half hour to spare and her afternoon session one hour early.

She now enters a new chapter of life and the career of her dreams, freed from the weight of an imprint that had, for years, paralyzed her potential.

Procrastination Eradication

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Senior Executive Eradicates Years of Paralyzing Procrastination in a Single Session

Discover how forensic brain rewiring enabled us to permanently address, regress and release the cause responsible for this block. Reconquering his freedom from the weight of an imprint that had, for years, paralyzed his potential, instantly fueled his drive, performance and results.

Adult Onset

In my office, the fifty year old explained he had been a high achiever since childhood. His reputation as a problem solver, go getter, and winner, had allowed him to rise to the top of the corporate ladder. His success in the high-tech industry however came to an abrupt halt with the dot com burst. As the market crashed, high-tech corporations began reporting unprecedented losses. Silicon billionaires, suddenly out of work, began losing their million-dollar estates and lifestyles. Their world disintegrating underneath them, they had to reinvent themselves.

The then forty year old had to let go of everything and move out of state to accept a new position. He hoped this would be a new start on life. His marriage, however, did not survive the change, and the unexpected divorce left him even further affected. Having lost everything, shaken by fear and financial setbacks, parachuted to a new environment, and left by his spouse, he found himself struggling with dark depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Suddenly, he became unable to accomplish tasks he had always performed effortlessly. Procrastination began to plague him, slowing his recovery even further. Trying to muscle his way through this created rising anxiety.

Dread and fear built within, prompting him to turn to just about anything his mind could find to escape the projects at hand. He would find himself checking his e-mail, responding to text messages, surfing the web, checking the weather, doing house chores, anything and everything to avoid facing the work he needed to tackle. For the first time in his life, he was beginning to lose ground.

“I suddenly have a block with work projects,” he explained. “A fear of taking action. I’ve never had this problem before. I always got things done, no matter what stood in the way. I was known as a problem solver. I always found work, because everyone knew I got things done. Now all of a sudden, after this series of setbacks, I am plagued by constant procrastination. I let everything pile up until it becomes overwhelming. It’s almost as if I were fearing negative consequences from getting the work done. Yet, I’m very aware the more I procrastinate, the more I amplify the potential for negative consequences. Still, I cannot find a way to control this.”

Root Cause

This is a typical example of adult-life events suddenly triggering mental malfunctioning. Unavoidably, people tell me they stopped functioning efficiently following an adult-life event and believe the trauma to be the cause of their current issues. While the recent adversity certainly acts as a trigger, what we find however, is that root causes for current malfunctioning of the mind typically go back much beyond adult life. Almost always, they are rooted in early-life events.

When there are no early-life fracture underneath the surface, we might be brought to our knees by adversity, but we eventually find our way back to normal functioning. When we don’t, when post-traumatic sequels remain and resist, it is usually the sign they have triggered life-long wounds lying dormant beneath the surface.

I often compare this to the San Andreas Fault extending through California. You may travel over it with the impression the earth underneath is solid and stable. However, deep below the surface, lies an extensive fracture, a fragility, a vulnerability. The San Andreas Fault is the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. When earth plates shift underneath areas where foundations are solid, the terrain is able to flex, stretch, bend and adjust without too much damage. When the shift happens to hit an existing fracture, however, everything collapses, prompting considerable damage. The same applies to our emotional fabric.

Early life wounds leave fractures, fragilities, vulnerabilities hidden silently below the surface of our otherwise resilient coping mechanisms. We compensate (often over-compensating) to continue functioning to the best of our abilities. Left unaddressed, however, the wounds remain. When an adult-life shift, traumatic event or shock happens to hit a specific area of vulnerability, the mind suddenly begins to malfunction. We develop glitches, issues or symptoms, sometimes referred to as post-traumatic stress.

I am often asked how we can identify the root causes for adult life malfunctioning, when the person themselves is unaware of them. The mind always knows. Anytime our mind begins to experience issues, it knows precisely why and what it is trying to avoid. Along the course of our journey in life, whenever something shakes us, threatens us at some level, or creates deep discomfort, our mind takes a snapshot of it. We may think we forget the event, but it remains stored in our brain’s database. Later in life, when we encounter events bearing similarities to these earlier snapshots, our mind reacts based on the original trauma, with the response experienced at the root cause, based on the age we were at that time. This is an automatic response from our mind to protect us from a situation it has learned to regard as a threat. Regressing an issue to its cause forensically allows us to understand the reasons for our current responses, reactions and actions.


In session, we brought the executive back to the situation triggering his current struggle: sitting at his desk, attempting to focus on a project. Instantly, he began experiencing the symptoms he had described: tightness in the throat, pressure in the temples, heaviness spreading across the forehead, as an impending sense of dread and anxiety unfolded and expanded throughout his mind and body. Igniting the correct negative emotions opens a direct pathway to their root cause.

Interestingly the initial sensitizing event for his sense of dread and fear of taking action brought us back to something that had happened when he was 3 years old. A toddler full of energy, action-oriented and adventurous, he momentarily escaped the watchful eye of his parents and managed to climb to the edge of one of the windowsills. When his parents noticed he was leaning against the window, chaos exploded around him. The high-pitch screams of his mother tore through the silence. In the blink of an eye, his father came bolting through the door and leaped toward him, grabbing him so abruptly both of them came close to collapsing. Wide-eyed and puzzled, the toddler remained stunned as his father and mother both yelled at him simultaneously, shaken by their sudden and intense fear for his safety.

In my office, it is now the 3 year old speaking to me: “I am so scared… I have never seen my mom and dad so mad at me… They are yelling at me… I must have done something very wrong… I shouldn’t have climbed the window… They had told me not to climb the window… I feel guilty… The fear and the anger I sense in them is terrifying…”

Here again, we have all of the components for a lifelong imprint gathered: strong emotion, repetition and authority figures. Analyzing the origin of imprints at the subconscious level of the mind enables us to finally understand, address and release the negative programming left behind by past traumatic events. It gives us the opportunity to rebuild and restore our self-image, and finally detangle our potential from the limitations left behind by traumatic events.

In situation, we brought the adult self to the rescue of the 3 year old. Removing the toddler from the situation charged with intense emotions, we explained to the little one the reaction he witnessed and experienced at that moment was simply a reflection of the panic felt by his parents. When they realized he was in imminent danger, they also likely projected a reflection of their own guilt, for having lost sight of their child for a moment. Being able to bring this understanding, clarity and comfort to the 3 year old allows us to restore the truth and perspective of the event. Suddenly, he is able to understand that, while his actions could have endangered him as a 3 year old, they also reflected his positive energy and adventurous spirit. And that while, at 3 years old, we are not always able to assess our safety in the most appropriate manner, the adult of today certainly is. The key here is to bring to the mind the realization that today, the adult is perfectly capable of taking the appropriate measures to best ensure his safety. Even further, today it is his very ability to take action that allows him to ensure his safety, security, success and wellness.

Projected back in his original example situation, the executive, returned to his adult age, indicates: “I now feel very good at the idea of tackling my project. I feel calm. I am no longer aware of anything holding me back. Suddenly, I realize the block I experienced was due to a paralyzing fear of the reactions of others. A fear of them becoming angry at me. There is no more justification for this fear in my life of today.”

Emerging from the session, he exclaims: “Wow! I had no idea I still remembered that event! I had forgotten how mad my father was that day… I hadn’t thought about this since it happened. I certainly didn’t realize how much it still affected me!”


A week later, coming back for his follow-up visit, he beamed: “The problem is completely resolved. The change is miraculous. And it’s not merely the procrastination that has disappeared. My attitude, the way I’ve been interacting with my family, and others around me … everything has changed. My wife even asked me if I was the same person!”

Correctly identifying, addressing and releasing the root cause of a problem of this nature allows us to disconnect its hold on our subconscious mind. When we understand when and where the imprint took place, we are able to shift our perspective of the initial sensitizing event, resolve it, and recover our truth, strength and peace of mind.

About the Author

Genvièv Martin-Bernard, President of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, is Board Certified and a Certified Instructor with the NGH, a Valedictorian from the Ivy League Sorbonne University of Paris, and an Emergency Medicine First Responder with the Wilderness Medicine Institute. She has decades of experience researching, practicing, and teaching the concepts and applications of working with brain plasticity and forensic regression in the U.S. and overseas. With specialized training in forensic discovery, and years of expertise in the legal field, she acted as a communication liaison in complex and critical situations, including duties for the Department of Homeland Security and the US Court System. She is the founder of a Forensic & Clinical Brain Research Center and can be reached at