Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy


Regression therapy is entering the psychiatric field in Suriname

Regression therapy is entering the psychiatric field in Suriname

Dr. Camla Nannan Panday-Jhingoeri

While I was in Suriname in February this year I had the honour to be present at the promotion of dr. Kamla Nannan Panday-Jhingoeri. This psychiatrist became a ‘doctor of medical science’ because of her study of working with ‘Transpersonal regression therapy’ with psychiatric patients. In her dissertation she describes 20 cases of patients with whom she successfully worked with Transpersonal regression therapy.

Patients felt helped by a treatment that was open to ideas that in their cultural backgrounds are common, like reincarnation, 

From left to right Janine Booij, Ronald Van der Maesen & Cecilia Manichand

influences from ancestors, spirit possession and ‘helping entities’. While dr. Kamla Nannan Panday-Jhingoeri explained at her promotion these things can be seen as metaphors, she emphasizes the importance of using a pluralistic approach in the treatment of psychiatric problems in Suriname.

Dr. Kamla Nannan Panday-Jhingoeri was trained by the Dutch past life therapists Rob Bontenbal and Ronald van der Maesen in Suriname. Ronald van der Maesen was present at the promotion asnwell.

The study will probably be published in Dutch soon and hopefully in English later. For now we are thankful to Dr. Nannan-Panday she has agreed to share the summary of her study with us, available to you through this link.

Janine Booij.

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Embodied spirituality – a psycho-spiritual approach to healing trauma by Juanita Pudifoot

by Juanita Pudifoot and Biggi Hofmann

This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of Thresholds, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy United Kingdom.©’

We decided to write this article after inspiring explorations of similarities and differences in the methods of deep memory process (DMP) and psychodrama psychotherapy, and how both approaches use spirituality to support and enable clients in processing their traumas. We agree with CG Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, that as psychotherapists we need to be open to a transpersonal dimension far deeper than our personal egos if we want to help ourselves and our clients working through existential realities:
‘…threat of pain and destruction, of fate and death, of guilt for actions taken or not taken, of loss of identity, of isolation, or of meaningless and despair’.
Other pioneering psychologists (Roberto Assagioli, James Bugental, Abraham Maslow, Ken Wilber and Stanislav Grof) have explored the importance of spiritual experiences, psychological recovery and wellbeing, and argue that ‘individuals are part of and rooted in a greater life, being awareness and… power which Jung called the Self’. Wittine argues that reference to the Self is found in all the world’s greatest religious traditions, using cryptic symbols for the deeper centre of being and awareness.

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Research Study on ‘What Does Not Work in Regression Therapy’ – Paula Fenn

EARTh Research Committee Report

Topic: Research Study on ‘What Does Not Work in Regression Therapy’


This Research Report conveys a range of findings determined from a research study conducted with 15 Regression Therapists who were dominantly members of EARTh (80% EARTh, 20% non-EARTh). The topic of the study was ‘What Does Not Work in Regression Therapy’ and the data was collected via questionnaires. The intention of this study was to generate data on this particular topic which would contribute to the field of knowledge within Regression Therapy whilst also creating a reflective awareness about practice. The findings were analysed using simplified versions of thematic and content analysis and this methodological approach was adopted to structure the data into meaningful themes of problematic areas within which the study respondents had experienced difficulties either as practitioners of Regression Therapy and/or clients. The data communicated by the participants offered rich and meaningful content and allowed for a purposeful analysis which indeed allowed for reflection and a heightened awareness of practice, whilst offering a contribution to the knowledge base of the field. Whilst a number of the answers were unique in focus there was an ability to collate the data into the dominant themes of Resistance, The Integration of Other Therapeutic Approaches, The Making of Meaning, Not Attending to the Clients Practical Needs, Not Appropriately Attending to the Clients Material and Self Reflection/Self Awareness.

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Regression Therapy as a Valid Approach in Treating Obesity: A Case Study

by Janet Cunningham

The study of obesity has perplexed dieters and professionals alike. This paper presents the research and view that regression therapy and working through the blockages in the unconscious mind can be a major key to success. The research of the author indicates five major reasons for manifesting excess body fat. She identifies those reasons, and documents a case study using childhood and past-life therapy.

In spite of an increased interest in fitness in the 1980’s and 90’s, statistics indicate a shocking reality: eighty to ninety percent of dieters who lose weight gain it back. We continue to emphasize external (diet change, exercise, behavior) and avoid internal factors (thoughts, beliefs, mind patterning, and emotion). Clearly we have not addressed the mind’s ability to hold unconscious reasons to keep excess body fat. Nor have we begun to consider the “spirit” or energy-essence of the individual. Experts continue to study the effect instead of the cause.
Good nutrition and exercise are, of course, necessary for a healthy, normal-weight body. And yet, there are millions of obese and/or overweight Americans who cannot—CANNOT—lose weight and keep it off. Read more

Soul Retrieval by Janet Cunningham

by Janet Cunningham

Practitioners of past-life therapy and research often report a perceived empathic bond with their clients during their sessions. It is not all that unusual for a therapist to report knowing what a client was experiencing before s/he actually described it verbally. Nor is it unusual for a client to report feeling the presence of the therapist during the past-life experience. In this article, the author presents an interesting extension of this, in that she felt obliged to enter into the client’s experience. The description of what occurred leaves us with perhaps more questions than answers.
Past-life therapy has broadened over the years as a result of the pioneers (APRT members and researchers at the forefront of the field) who have been open-minded and willing to learn from clients. As a result we are, hopefully, less likely to make quick judgments about what a past-life regression may entail. APRT therapists and researchers have learned that past-life therapy may involve (1) a past-life issue that was not resolved, (2) an issue that began in the womb or infancy—prenatal or perinatal, (3) repressed childhood memories of sexual and/or other forms of abuse, (4) psychic opening and experiences of the paranormal, (5) dialoging with an unborn fetus after abortion or with a deceased relative, (6) processing a near-death experience, (7) entity attachment, and/or (8) alien abduction. It is not uncommon for a therapist to begin a “typical” past-life regression, and to find himself with a very different set of circumstances than expected. [Note: pronouns himself/herself, he/she, his/her are used interchangeably throughout the text.] Read more

A Phenomenological Study of Post-Modern Transpersonal and Spiritual Experiences with Quantitative Survey and Case Study Interviews

by Janet Cunningham

The phrase “transpersonal and spiritual experiences” refers to the sense of identity of the self extending beyond the personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche, or cosmos. Western scientific exploration of such experiences has been nearly nonexistent, due primarily to the currently accepted scientific paradigm. But a study of the psyche that fails to deal with the transpersonal and spiritual realms is, by definition, unscientific in that it fails to take into account, or even to report, a large body of phenomena. Read more

Mário Simões Publications

De outros Mundos

De Outros Mundos. Portugueses e Extraterrestres no Séc. XX, published in 2009 it’s an academic revision of several aspects of the UFO phenomena in Portugal from the Social point of view till the clinical one. Two members of Earth, Mário Simões and Mário Resende, published an article about memories of alien contacts and abductions in regression therapy and the way to work them therapeutically. Based on the literature review and their clinical experience they present how to help clients to deal with the traumatic effects of these contents.








Psicologia da Consciência. Pesquisa e Reflexão em Psicologia Transpessoal published in 2003 and coordinated by two members of Earth, Mário Simoes and Mário Resende, presents research data and articles about Transpersonnal Psychology and Transpersonnal Psychotherapy, where Regression Therapy is included. Of special interest, the articles about spiritual emergencies, the psychiatric approach to mystical experiences, the specific ethical problems of Transpersonal Psychotherapy, the personal process of the transpersonal psychotherapist and the research about spiritual content in dreams and about healing migraines with regression therapy. In Portuguese, published by Lidel a science publishing house.

Altered States of Consciousness and Psychotherapy: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Mário Simões

Psychiatric University Clinic, Lisbon, Portugal

The main physiological and induced Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs) are outlined, as well as methods of induction. The phenomenology of ASCs is described and related to psychopathology. A short commentary is given about ASCs used in some ethnopsychotherapies. Psychotherapies of Western origin using ASCs, especially hypnosis, Holotropic Breathwork, and Personalized Experiential Restructuralization Therapy (Past-Life/Regression Therapy) areoutlined and discussed.

Altered (Waking) States of Consciousness (ASCs)

CULTURAL ISSUES were included, although in a limited fashion, in the diagnostic manuals ICD-10 (World Health Organization,1992) and DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). As Fabrega (1995) points out, the study of the cultural sciences as they pertain to psychiatry offers a necessary corrective to the increasing impersonality and reductionism that has come to characterize the neurobiological approach. A major enterprise in cultural psychiatry in recent years has been the integration of clinical science and anthropology (Minas, 1996).

This paper is also an attempt to make such an integration. It deals with a psychological phenomenon that is rooted in the cultural life of a wide variety of peoples and which has only recently come to the attention of Western researchers, in spite of a long European tradition in research on Altered States of Consciousness (Beringer, 1927; Stoll, 1947).

There is a current view that accepts the existence of different levels of reality, according to the state of consciousness (level) which an individual is in at the moment. Normal daily consciousness (the ordinary state of consciousness) gives access to an ordinary reality, but altered states of consciousness, for example, in dreaming, permit contact with a nonordinary reality. Less familiar forms of consciousness are those categorized under the general designation of altered states of consciousness (ASC). These should be understood as altered or modified in relation to the waking state of consciousness, since this ordinary state of consciousness can be considered, itself, an unusual state, impossible to maintain for long, and secured only by a modicum of perceptual intake and continuous interior discourse (Gowan, 1978). In fact, a discrete fluctuation in the ordinary state of consciousness exists, giving rise to what Tart (1975) calls discrete states of mind. Read more

Treating the Core Issue

by Trisha Caetano

Core issues underlie behavior, says this author. When using past-life regression therapy (PLRT), she advises, it is important to address the client’s case from an overview position, using the client’s response to a theme to focus the session on a search for the core of a behavior pattern instead of the surface presenting problem. The purpose of PLRT then is to remove the subconscious reactive part of a traumatic past-life experience, putting the individual in present time in a position of conscious choice instead of reactive programming.

A core issue may be defined as a viewpoint or feeling that motivates behavior. A core-issue incident is an experience that causes an individual to form a viewpoint, feeling or emotion that originates a pattern of behavior. Primary core issues are: anger, fear, control, worth/worthlessness, good/bad, power/helplessness, trust/betrayal, loss, guilt, etc.

 There may be one primary core issue active in a specific lifetime and any number of secondary issues associated with it or derived from it. For example, concepts of “good” and “bad” are usually formed early on the time line of the reincarnation cycle. There can be a number of lifetimes when, because of entirely different circumstances, the individual may have concluded that he (or she) was bad, and then associated other viewpoints around this core issue, programming and cross-referencing them on the same tape in the memory banks. These are the secondary core issues. Read more

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