What Is Regression Therapy?

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What Is Regression Therapy? Each expert therapist practicing regression or past life regression will in time develop his or her own theories, techniques and style. Past-life regression and regression can be explained in general terms in this article, opinions may vary. Regression Therapy is a therapeutic process that uses a persons previous life experiences, as a source of solving current problems. This concept is similar to psychodynamic therapy. Regression therapy, however, is more a solution-focused, whereas psychodynamic therapy is more interested in the process and experience. Past life therapy uses all the same techniques and theories of regression, however, the boundaries of the conscious mind are removed to allows the customer to explore a past life. The regression of one back to their childhood or past lives is not a phenomenon. If you listen carefully, people regress all the time, whether its during a casual evening or standing in line at the supermarket. In a therapeutic setting, the therapist helps the customer regress and make the unconscious conscious. By using different therapeutic techniques such as hypnotherapy, guided imagery, relaxation exercises, or just talk therapy, the client may be regressed to a memory of the past that may be affecting his present life in a negatively. Unlike many traditional modalities of talk-therapy, hypnotic techniques help to bypass the analytical mind of the client, this enables the therapist to elicit forgotten memories, such as suppressed and repressed issues. The more unconscious identification there is, the less our ego is able to assert and defend itself against inner habits 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 access our emotions because we are not able to cope with stress, fear or pain. compartmentalizing or try to forget painful experiences is usually our natural tendency. After years of stifling these problems, the facts of the event and emotions related to the event become broken up - waiting to be released and reconciled. Studies show that generally a strong experience of catharsis is necessary to remove one from unwanted beliefs, complexes, or destructive behaviors. Pioneer of psychology Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) learned hypnosis from Joseph Breuer (1842-1925), who treated a young woman suffering from neurotic symptoms, they diagnosed it as hysteria in 1880. Breuer had the patient discuss past events in a state of deep hypnosis. She was able to recall traumatic events of her childhood that she did not remember in her state of consciousness. She was able to integrate the experiences and link them with her emotions. The end result was that her neurotic symptoms disappeared. Breuer and Freud earliest technical efforts were referred to as the "cathartic method" (Brueur and Freud, 1893-1895). Sources say that Freud was not good with hypnosis and found it confusing and embarrassing, and his success rate with hypnotic techniques were very poor. He eventually abandoned hypnosis and worked mainly with free association for memory recall and to explore the unconscious. Freud's condemnation of hypnosis combined with the growing reputation of psychoanalysis caused the medical profession to reject hypnosis. Milton Erickson (1901-1980) was trained as a psychiatrist, but was best known for his innovative techniques in hypnotherapy, which helped to revive hypnosis. It was not until mid 20th century that hypnosis was again accepted as a useful technique in therapy and for medical and clinical applications. The proper regression framework is to encourage a client to reenact or experience a traumatic event as if it was happening and being experienced again. The customer is guided to maintain the concentration of all sensations and feelings that come with the experience physically and emotionally. The aim is to get the client past the point of their conflict, confusion or fear. What makes the experience different and healing for the client that they are able to honor their 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 their discomfort, it creates a turning point where the customer either releases or gains a better understanding of whatever issues are creating the problem. Today, there remains different opinions on the effiancy of regression therapy. There are non-believers who think that regression therapy is unnecessary and that the therapist is to attempting to plant information to the client's mind. Some consider it as brainwashing. These are just myths because of misinformation and incompetent therapists. If a client is under hypnosis or in a trance, he is fully conscious and in control at all times during the session. He may reject what is said to him. At a proper facilitated session a therapist will elicit or evoke information that has been received from the client. Every experience is subjective. The only way to really judge whether regression therapy is effective by your own experience. The key ingredient of any type of therapy is the interpersonal relationship. The technique is secondary.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00