Perhaps it's something you can't remember, but you strongly feel that it's hidden somewhere in your mind? If so, regression therapy might make sense for you. You might be wondering how this therapy can help you get in touch with a part of your life that seems lost in your memory. And if you do get in touch with that earlier time, what can you do about it now? Getting the facts about this or any therapy first is the best way to decide whether to pursue it.
Regression therapy is dedicated to uncovering things from your past that may be contributing to your current mental state or harmful habits. There are two types: age regression therapy and past life regression therapy. The first type is designed to target things that may have happened during your childhood, and the second type is to help you resolve issues from your past lives (although it is often used in a more metaphorical capacity). We will review these two therapies in detail later in this article.
Regression therapy comes with its controversies, and some people may be hesitant to try it. That said, if you believe in some of the concepts behind this type of therapy, you should know that there have also been cases where people have experienced positive results.
It's a specific approach to psychotherapy that helps people improve their emotional and cognitive health by resolving past events.
Although there are many ways to conduct regression therapy, hypnosis is the most common method. (Psychoanalysts often use hypnosis as well.) Hypnosis puts you in a relaxed state that allows you to access and evaluate memories that you usually aren't aware of or that you have forgotten or repressed.
Age regression therapy takes you back to an earlier time in your life. Alternatively, past life regression therapy goes back beyond your current life and into previous reincarnations.
In this therapy, you might learn about things that happened to you when you were very young. In some cases, this therapy may uncover memories that surprise you because you were not aware of them.
Past Life Regression
Past life regression is supposed to take you back to past incarnations, so you can deal with problems that arose long before your current lifetime. Many people feel this therapy makes sense for them because there appears to be no reason why they're living with fears, guilt, or other difficulties. They may also hold certain spiritual beliefs that allow them to benefit from this form of therapy.
There are several stages to regression therapy, beginning with hypnosis.
While some people may say that they've benefitted greatly from age regression and past life regression, this type of therapy still hasn't gained widespread acceptance in the mental health community. Some therapists believe in the benefits of age regression, but they don't believe in reincarnation, so past lives don't make sense to them either.
Furthermore, many therapists avoid this therapy because they're concerned it might be a waste of time. They feel it's more effective to spend time on therapies that have been proven to work in many scientific studies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. At the moment, there's little research to confirm the effectiveness of regression therapy, but many people say there's proof of the dramatic results they've experienced.
Does It Create False Memories?
If the therapist isn't careful to ask only open-ended questions, they may inadvertently cause you to imagine something that never happened. Opponents of this type of therapy point out that these false memories can become indistinguishable from memories of events that did happen. They also say that these false memories can destroy relationships or even cause parents and caregivers to be punished for abuse that never happened.
Is It Safe to Do Age Regression and Past Life Progression on Your Own?
It may or may not be possible to do regression therapy on yourself through self-hypnosis. The real question is-is it safe? After all, what happens if you remember something, and you don't know how to deal with it? You may put yourself in a situation that causes you considerable emotional pain with no way out on your own. To be as safe as possible, it's best to work with a licensed therapist.
If you're interested in pursuing this therapy, your best option is to find a therapist who has been trained in it. It can also be helpful to talk to a therapist who specializes in working with people who have faced abuse and violence, especially if you're aware this might be in your past.
The International Board for Regression Therapy offers accreditation to therapists who have both studied regression therapy and demonstrated their ability to practice it. The most important part of training is learning proper hypnosis techniques. People who try to tackle difficult memories without adequate training in hypnosis can make matters worse.
Practice Visualization Exercises
Being able to envision what it is that you remember and what you have experienced is important. For some, visualization may come easy, but for others, it can be difficult to recreate things in their mind. Practicing creative visualization at home can better prepare you for hypnotherapy. It also allows you to experience other parts of your life in more detail.
Try Meditating and Inducing a Trance
Meditation is another exercise that has a ton of health benefits and is helpful when being hypnotized. If you may try regression therapy in the future, consider practicing meditation first as a way to improve your focus and grounding.
If you're wondering why you feel, think, or behave the way you do, you might benefit from regression therapy. Many other therapies address problems like fears and phobias, guilt, and relationship issues, too, so it's important to work with a qualified therapist who can help you find the therapeutic modality that works best for you. You can connect with a therapist now on BetterHelp. Working through past problems to resolve current conflicts and feelings can improve your life dramatically.
Granted, it's not for everyone, but if you want to try it, the right therapist can help. Exploring your past can help you transform.