How to choose a training program in regression therapy

Aims of a training in regression therapy are in general:

• Be able to estimate in individual cases if regression therapy is suitable, what is a good entry point and which methods are indicated.

• Be able to guide insightful and cathartic regressions of shocking and complicated experiences, also before birth. Helping to anchor and integrate the results in the client’s every-day life.

• Be able to find and integrate forgotten experiences, feelings and talents.

• Be able to find and release unwanted and unperceived influences and imprints from others.

What kind of training programs are offered and how to find the most suitable?

1. Some training programs consider regression as a part of hypnotherapy, others are specialized in regression. The first kind is broader, the second deeper. In one aspect the more general training programs in hypnotherapy are more restricted; they usually consider hypnotic induction as the first stage of regression. They spent less time or no time at all at methods without preceding hypnosis or even relaxation, the so-called bridges. Bridges take the symptoms present as natural entry points.

Though hypnosis is suspect in some quarters, hypnotherapy is more known and more accepted than regression therapy and is more easily accepted by potential clients, agencies and insurance companies.

2. A second difference is between programs that present themselves explicitly as alternative and spiritual, and programs who rather distance themselves from that and position themselves closer to psychotherapies like NLP, Gestalt or Psychosynthesis. Most ‘spiritual’ training programs consider past-life regressions essential. The more ‘professional’ programs consider these rather as useful visualizations or avoid them even. The more spiritual programs often combine regression with forms of spiritual healing in which the clients receive healing instead of healing themselves.

3. A third difference is simply a difference in quality. Most training programs have demonstration sessions by the teachers and supervised exercise sessions of the students. However, some programs neither give demos nor supervise sessions. There is even a correspondence course in regression therapy. We think it imperative to watch different teachers or other practitioners and to practice under supervision.

4. A fourth difference is in the extent that students have direct experience of undergoing regression sessions. Some programs stimulate and guide students in their own therapy and exploration process. Other schools consider that as not belonging to their program. Especially for people who are interested in their own experiences and not quite sure if they want to become professional regression therapists, this difference is essential.

5. A fifth difference is if candidates are properly screened. Schools that value professionalism, will focus on education and professional experience; schools that value the personal process of students will focus on attitude, emotional stability and experience of life. Many schools do hardly select.

6. The last difference may be the main difference: the quality of the teachers. What they know about the subject, how they do demos, how they teach, how reliable they are. Get to know a few of them before you register. Teachers that read their notes are suspect, but also those that pose as gurus. Anyway, avoid teachers who pose as gurus and read from their notes

Realize what you want: hypnotherapy with regression, regression with or without past lifetimes, or explicit reincarnation therapy?

• How sure are you already that you want to establish yourself as a therapist?

• How important is professionalism to you? How important spirituality? How important is the combination?

• What is your impression of the teachers?

And where does Tasso International stand in all this?

• We are specialized in regression and use no hypnotic inductions or suggestions.

• We don’t want spirituality without professionalism, and no professionalism without spirituality. Our subject matter is surely spiritual, and the methods we teach are surely professional. The atmosphere on our school is considered more professional than spiritual…

• We teach a craft, a profession. But we don’t think that is possible without personal immersion, without personal experience. You can’t work with clients on issues that are unresolved inside yourself. Personal regression experiences are important in the program. We screen, but more on personality than on education.

• And our teachers? They are good enough to survive the annual anonymous evaluations of the students.