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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is regression therapy intended for anyone or only certain types of people?

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    Dr Belinda Barnes

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    My approach to therapy is warm and down-to-earth. I have clinical expertise in treating trauma, PTSD and complex trauma in adults and adolescents, as well … View Profile

    I personally do not know much about this type of therapy, as it does not have a clinical evidence/research base to support it.

    From my understanding of what it may entail, I would warn anyone with a history of trauma or abuse to be very cautious about engaging in this type of therapy, as it could be retraumatising and may do more harm than good, especially if the therapist is not very well trained in the area.

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    Lucy Appadoo


    I am a Registered Counsellor and Wellness Coach who specialises in grief and loss, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger management, and stress management. I have … View Profile

    I have trained in Hypnosis but have had minimal experience in using regression therapy.  Also, I would agree with Belinda about those experiencing trauma or a history of abuse to be extremely cautious with this kind of therapy.  It can retraumatise people and it can also create ‘false memories’.  Furthermore, not all types of clients are suited to this kind of therapy.  For example, people with Depression may be too emotionally unstable or suicidal to experience regression therapy, as well as people with an intellectual disability or psychotic conditon.  Other people not suited to this type of therapy would be those with a non-English speaking background; those experiencing a dissociative disorder; those who tend to be resistant to any form of therapy; and those with personality disorders.

    If you do choose to have this kind of therapy, ensure that the therapist has been trained.  Good luck!

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    Dr Will Pascoe

    HealthShare Member

    Sound advice from the previous respondents. I have read fairly extensively in the field of so-called Regression Therapy and can see nothing to recommend it.

    I will add too that knowlege alone of past events is of no value to the present. Such knowledge is memory. Acting on the memories may have some bearing on present thinking and consequently on present  behaviours but neither past nor future exist. Past is only memory thoughts and future is only thoughts projected into an imagined time and place. There is only now. Live now. Don't give power to memories or imagination, which are only thoughts,

    Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or want further explanation.

    I wish you days of great peace.

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    Ralph Graham


    Ralph Graham, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, helping those who are affected by:grief, loss, anxiety, phobias, panic attack.And those who have been traumatised by:crime, assault, sexual abuse and … View Profile

    Therapies that explore the past for the origins of present diffiuclties would generally be suited to anyone. The results will be the therapists's guide.

    There are many therapies that examine these past experiences - just one of those is Hypnotherapy.

    Read more about Regression Therapy in this answer to another question  on Healthshare here

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