Regression therapy is a therapeutic process that uses one’s earlier life experiences as source material to resolve current problems.
Our Beliefs System and early experiences form out pathways in the mind.
This concept is similar to psychodynamic therapy.
Regression therapy is more solution-focused, whereas psychodynamic therapy is more interested in the process and the experience.
Past life therapy encompasses all the same techniques and theories as regression therapy, however, the boundaries are lifted from the conscious mind, enabling the client to explore a past-life.
Regressing someone back to his childhood or a past-life is by no means a phenomenon. In a therapeutic setting, a therapist will help the client regress and to make the unconscious conscious.
By using different therapeutic techniques such as hypnotherapy, guided imagery, relaxation exercises or just talk-therapy, a client can be regressed into a past memory that may be influencing his present life in a negative way.
Hypnotic techniques help bypass the client’s analytical mind, enabling the therapist to elicit forgotten memories, including suppressed and repressed issues. The more unconscious identification there is, the less our ego is able to assert and defend itself against the inner compulsions and beliefs.
Many forgotten memories, especially traumatic ones, are instilled in the unconscious mind. We all have defense mechanisms that shut down our innate ability to tap into our emotions due to our inability to cope with stress, fear, or pain.
Compartmentalizing or trying to forget painful experiences is usually our natural tendency. After years of repressing these issues, the actual facts of the event and the emotions that are associated with the event become fragmented – waiting to be unleashed and reconciled.
The client is guided to stay focused on all the sensations and feelings that come with the experience on a physical and emotional level.
The objective is to get the client passed the point of his conflict, confusion or fear. What makes the experience different and healing for the client is he is able to go to honor his true emotions and perceptions of the event without being judged or criticized.
The therapist provides a safe space for the client to reconnect and integrate his emotions with the event.
When the client moves through his discomfort, this creates the turning point where the client releases or gains better understanding with whatever issues have been constricting him.
A client under hypnosis or in a trance is fully conscious and in control at all times during the session.
He can reject whatever is being said to him.
In a properly facilitated session, a therapist will elicit or evoke information that only comes from the client. Every experience is subjective.
The only way to truly judge whether or not regression therapy is effective is by one’s own experience.
The most important ingredient of any type of therapy is the interpersonal relationship. The technique is secondary.