what is regression therapy

What is regression therapy? Does it help with health issues, or is it even dangerous?

Psychologist Roland Schroll dived deep into this subject. He experienced it first hand and later started to work with it. Here he shares his findings.

Regression therapy, also known as past life regression therapy or hypnotic regression, is a way of taping the subconsciousness (and/or the superconsciousness) to heal the body and mind. Research has confirmed its efficacy. Still, many hesitate to give this new healing method a try. For a good reason?

Some quick answers: Regression therapy leads us back to the roots of our problems. It heals old wounds, and frees us from the bonds of our past. A few sessions are often enough to bring about lasting change. Past life regression therapy and inner child work are a part of the regression therapy repertoire.

Guided by a grounded and well educated therapist there is no danger in going backwards in time to explore and reactivate forgotten potentials. In addition, I will give you a list of qualified therapists and enable you to experience this method first hand.

1. Regression Therapy – Experiences

You may be wondering whether regression therapy is suitable for you and what you way get yourself into in case you give it a try. First of all, the list of treatable physical and emotional symptoms is long. Through regression, we can work on clinical diagnosed depression or something seemigly trivial like a chronically runny nose, or something physical like a long-term heart problem.

The healing success depends less on the symptoms and much more on our willingness and openness for this new work process. A few testimonials from my clients and those from some colleagues will give you an insight into our work:

Inner Child Work – A doctor with no private life

A client comes to the office and complains that he is unable to develop relationships with other people. He reports fears and even panic that arise in certain situations. In addition, he feels cut off from his feelings and emotions most of the time.

Trisha Caentano -a well know collegue of mine- started to work helped him to focus his awareness on the current mood. Because of that, a kind of trance starts to develop. In the next step, they started a journey back to the source of his suffering.

The journey took them right into a childhood situation, and they begin with a classic inner child work. He sees himself as a schoolchild who has just won a prize in the painting competition for his watercolor painting. He shows this picture to his father, but he tears it up with the words: “Forget about arts. You will become a doctor, and nothing else.”

These words made a deep impression on the boy’s mind: He became a doctor – and nothing else. Inner Child Work helps to heal the boy’s past, strengthens him, and frees him from the dominance and imprints of the father. The client was able relax deeply for the first time in his life and learned to see the world with new eyes. Joy was guiding his steps and personal contacts did not seem impossible any more,

Free from attachments – A teenage girl with suicidal thoughts

16-year-old female student is brought to my practice by her parents. The parents tell me that their daughter has had suicidal thoughts for more than two years, which have led her to dangerous acts.

Dozens of therapists have already seen her, but so far without success. I help the young woman to enter the trance and to connect with her soul consciousness. We discover a strange energy, a dark cloud that seems to live in the right side of the body.

It turns out that this is an obsessive, traumatized soul that wandered around without its already deceased body and finally settled in my client.

This soul was a young man who died as a soldier in World War II. His death was sudden. His consciousness could not process what had happened. The terror of war was still in his system and, therefore, in my young client’s system.

We healed the young soldier, made him aware of his death, and led him back to his soul light in the hereafter. From now on, my client’s dark thoughts were gone, and she was able to lead a joyful life again.

Past life regression – Cancer from a distant past

The following example is a report by my colleague and good friend Dr. Natwar Sharma. I like to use this case as an illustration since the connections are pretty obvious here.

A woman with leukemia (blood cancer) met my colleague. She believed that her illness had something to do with previous life experiences. In the session, with the therapist’s help, she could enter a level of consciousness at which the life forces of her body reveal themselves. She discovers a kind of gray matter that hovers close above her body.

The gray matter is removed and personified (brought into a human form). It transformed into a man who had once been her son in a previous life. The son had poisoned his mother because of an inheritance dispute. The shock of this old memory was still deeply engraved in the client’s soul. Her flesh and blood had turned against her – and in the form of leukemia it does so still today.

Reincarnation therapy enabled her to understand the reason for her illness and to get rid of the emotional undigested load of a long forgotten past. The consequence was a reduction of the number of blood transfusions required and this unexpected recovery gave her life a new spin.

Homing – Feeling lost on planet earth

For as long as he could remember, my client had the aking feeling of homelessness and “not wanting to be here.” He was not able to explain why he had that particular feeling and where it came from. There were no childhood trauma events, and he was leading a sound and successful life.

Till now, he has been able to suppress these feelings by listening to music and daydreaming, but the new challenge of becoming a father forced him to confront his reality more intensely.

We travel back in time in search of the reason for these feelings of homelessness. In the trance-state, my client sees himself sitting in a kind of spaceship that flys at high speed close to the surface of planet earth.

When asked what he is doing, he said: “Collecting information, but it’s dangerous.”
Indeed, something unexpected happens. The ship loses its track and crashes against a rock wall. His comrades high up on the mothership cannot come to his aid.

His body, a little larger than a human, dies, but his old soul wanders on, lost on a strange planet. Later he incarnates as a human and joins many families. Still, the deep feeling of being far from home stays with him all these years until today.

We do our clean-up, salvage his ship, call his colleague and let his soul embark on a journey back to his home planet. Tears of deep relief are flowing down the man’s cheeks. For such a long time, his soul was longing for this experience of connectedness and home. After uniting with that power of his interplanetary former self he felt ready to face the challenges of becoming a young father.

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2. Regression Therapy – Therapists

Not everyone who announces online that they offer regression therapy or past life regression has the necessary experience and the techniques to carry out the transformation processes we just mentioned. Some therapists content themselves only by reliving the traumatizing situation. However, this is no longer sufficient for an all-encompassing healing effect.

Two international associations set a very high standard for therapists in their admission requirements and thus ensure quality. The fastest-growing association is the Earth Association for Regression Therapy or EARTh for short. Here you will find therapists mainly in Europe, the US, and India. But therapists from Kenya, China, and South American countries such as Brazil and Chile are also represented.

The co-founder of EARTh is my teacher Dr. Hans TenDam, who heads the international therapy school, Tasso international. I can therefore highly recommend all members of EARTh as therapists. However, if you want to book a session with me and live far away or abroad, we can also arrange an online session.

Another qualified association is the “International Board for Regression Therapy,” or IBRT for short. The association’s headquarter is based in the USA, and its work is limited mainly to the American continent.

3. Regression Therapy – Criticism

For a long time, regression therapy was considered unscientific and ignored by conventional medicine and psychology. It is challenging to do research in this field with traditional investigation methods. Nevertheless, the first attempts in this direction were already made 50 years ago by psychologist Hellen Wambach and through the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson.

Wambach and Stevenson looked for historical evidence of their clients’ and subjects’ experiences and found a surprising number of matches. Stevenson was able to verify more than 1200 out of 2500 past life memories from children all across the world.

The goal of regression therapy, however, is not to prove historical facts but to alleviate suffering. Therefore, it is irrelevant whether one believes in reincarnation or the transmigration of souls or not. What counts is the transformative change in our clients.

4. Regression Therapy – Costs

The costs of regression therapy vary from therapist to therapist but are somehow between € 60-120 per hour. I arrange three sessions with my clients about 1-2 weeks apart. With an average duration of one and a half hours per session and an hourly rate of € 90 you end up only with € 400 for an entire therapy.

5. Regression therapy & hypnosis or hypnotic regression

At the beginning of trance-work, therapists used hypnotic suggestions to start regression therapy. In the meantime, however, regression therapy has evolved, and more elegant and direct ways to induce trance have been discovered.

For example, focusing on the feelings and corresponding physical somatics can initiate the regression process faster and more to the point.

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6. Do I have to feel what happened in my past?

In the beginning, hypnotic regression and past life regression therapy were all about remembering and understanding the past. By only geting faint impressions we cannot get rid of all the charges and the impressions on our soul. We need to RELIVE the situation. We need to make our body remember (not only our mind), reactivate the charges in our cells and then bit farewell to them once and for all.

Indeed past life information is stored in our deepest tissues. When the healing process sets in and the charges leave us, we experience a deep transformation that is mostly accompannied by releaving silent tears. We also call this transformation process as Katharsis. If there is no such Katharsis in a session, deep healing may be lacking.

In reliving, we re-experience the situation only to such an extent that is sufficient for our healing. Natural regression is no childs-play, and by overcoming our old pain, we make a significant leap in our soul growth.


Regression therapy is already a potent tool for healing though it is still in its infancy. Its focus is not the suppression of symptoms. It gears towards the core issue of your problems. That is why its healing effects are long-lasting. Still, finding an experienced Therapist is a necessary prerequisite.

The techniques themselves are also constantly evolving. Simple hypnotic suggestions do no more hold the prime position.

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