The Netherton Method of Regression Therapy is a holistic approach to heal adult, childhood, prenatal, and past life traumas that are at the root of chronic anxiety, PTSD, phobias, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, work-life challenges, relationship issues, and other deep-seated struggles. It is eminently effective because it works directly with the root cause. It is holistic in nature because of its ability to not only resolve present life traumas that underlie these debilitating conditions but also bring to closure the prenatal and past life traumatic experiences hidden deep in the subconscious that are at the root of these distressing conditions.
Dr. Morris Netherton, a pioneering Psychologist, developed this technique of accessing subconscious material without using hypnotic induction. There is no hypnotic suggestion or external programming involved. Dr. Netherton's method utilizes a client's inner experience of their struggle to fully access the relevant experiences in the subconscious. These experiences are therapeutically worked with and brought to a closure.
Fundamental tenets of Regression Therapy
• Netherton Method of Regression Therapy takes the view point that any deep-seated issue or pattern usually has its roots in unresolved traumas from the earlier part of the present life, the prenatal period of one's life, and from past lives.
• The subconscious mind is always active and has faithfully recorded all the details of every experience we were part of – past lives, prenatal, present life.
• The memory of past traumatic events is stored in the subconscious.
• Physical death does not automatically resolve the traumas that occurred while in that body. Physical death does not erase subconscious memories.
• Subconscious memories are carried forward from one lifetime to the next.
• The hidden unresolved subconscious trauma memories are triggered by present life events and are unconsciously acted out in the sphere of one's thoughts, emotions, and sensations in present day life. Hence present day anguish/distress/pain/struggles.
• Processing the subconscious traumatic memories neutralizes/greatly reduces their negative influence on the conscious mind.
• The conscious mind free from the emotional and cognitive trauma imprints now sees current situations more in the light of present day reality rather than through the trauma dictated lens from the past.
Every individual's struggle is a unique experience
Every individual experiences his or her struggles in a specific way. There is a feeling, thought, sensations component to every struggle. No two individuals experience anxiety or depression the same way. For ex., someone describes their anxiety as a feeling as if the ground is giving away underneath their feet. A depression is described as having fallen and broken into a million pieces. Appearing for an interview is said to feel like going in front of a firing squad. Many such examples can be given. One might wonder if these expressions are random. But for these individuals this is how they actually feel inside even if it makes no logical sense to themselves or to others.
Relation between the inner experience of a struggle and root trauma
Netherton Method of Regression Therapy posits that behind the thoughts-emotions-sensations experience of a person's inner struggle is a definite reason and that the thoughts-emotions-sensations that arise within have a precise correspondence with the root trauma. That is why hypnotic induction is unnecessary and these inner perceptions are also the very key to unlock the subconscious and reveal the root cause.
Can Regression Therapy heal trauma from present life?
Netherton Method of Regression Therapy can effectively work with and resolve any trauma that occurred at any time in this life.
Sometimes clients are aware of specific earlier traumas that they have experienced even if they are not fully aware how exactly it is impacting them. At times, clients have simply forgotten about earlier traumas. In either case, your subconscious knows even if the conscious mind has none or only partial recollection. The subconscious has precise memory of the entire experience. It is simply the function of the subconscious mind to store the memory of all experiences. The specific manner in which a client experiences his/her struggle precisely leads us to the relevant subconscious memories.
Is Prenatal or Past life therapeutic work necessary?
At times a person's present day distressing condition is entirely resolved through the therapeutic work on the traumatic experiences of this lifetime. The question is – is the distressing condition adequately resolved through a full processing of present life trauma? If there is sufficient relief then further exploration is unnecessary. Depending on the degree of continued distress a deeper exploration of the issue might be indicated. In such cases, Prenatal and Birth Therapy and/or Past Life Therapy results in a deeper and fuller healing. No amount of only present life trauma work can alleviate distress that is caused by trauma that occurred in the womb or in past lives.
Trauma in the womb
Healing the traumas that occurred during the prenatal and the birth experience is one of the key features of the Netherton Method of Regression Therapy. The prenatal experience serves as a blueprint for the life outside the womb. Any deep-seated issue or pattern that an individual struggles with in one's life will have associated experiences in the prenatal and birth process. Prenatal and Birth Therapy heals the earliest traumas from this life that have defined how we relate to ourselves and the world.
Mother has trauma free pregnancy. Can the child in the womb still experience trauma?
No prenatal experience is without trauma for the child in womb. While pregnant, the mother herself does not have to go through traumatic experiences for the child in the womb to experience trauma. For ex., the simple act of mother smoking during pregnancy often causes the child in the womb to experience burning sensations in the chest strong enough to trigger suffocation, panic, and fear that s/he might die.
Key points to address in the prenatal
• Mother's reaction when she finds out she's pregnant.
• Father's reaction when he learns about the pregnancy.
These two events have a big impact on a child's perception of whether s/he is wanted or not and lays the foundation of one's self and worldview.
• Father-Mother relational dynamic during the prenatal period.
• Were there any traumatic life events during the prenatal period that took mother's attention away from the child in the womb? How did the child interpret this diversion of mother's attention? What conclusions did the child make about him/herself and the world? These conclusions are at the root of one's self-perceptions.
• If the external environment during the prenatal is unwelcome, or the father is upset about the pregnancy what does mother do to keep the baby? This will become the fundamental survival mechanism of the child in the life to come. What are the unconscious promises the child makes in order to be kept alive and be brought into this world? This can shed light on a person's way of being in day-to-day life.
• How does mother handle the physical, psychological, emotional stress of pregnancy? This will be the subconscious learning imparted to the child on how to handle stressful situations.
• Experience during the delivery process.
Past Life Therapy
When a struggle or condition is deeply debilitating it is likely that the roots may be in an earlier life or lives although there may have been contributing traumatic events in this lifetime. The death of a physical body is not also an automatic resolution and closure of the traumas that occurred while in that body.
Deep-seated depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, phobias, fears, panic attacks, relationship challenges, work-life struggles, self-defeating thought-behavior patterns, unhealthy lifestyle choices, psychosomatic issues are more often than not seen as rooted in unhealed traumatic events from past lives. Because there is no conscious memory of such events the idea that the reason behind a present day struggle may be rooted in past lives seems implausible. Even though the conscious mind does not remember, the subconscious memory of these events gets triggered by present life events and causes mind-body distress.
Can Regression Therapy help if I don't believe in past lives?
A belief in past lives is neither necessary nor is sufficient for the process to bring results. What is necessary – and this is true about any therapeutic modality – is the willingness and ability to work the process. Satisfactory therapeutic change is the sole purpose.
When the hidden subconscious traumas are therapeutically processed they lose their power to adversely influence the conscious mind. This finally puts the past in its proper place – in the past and stops or greatly diminishes its influence on the present. Clients are more fully able to live the precious gift of the present life and fully manifest their soul potential.
How I assist my clients
In the safety of the therapeutic setting through the simple process of the Netherton Method of Regression Therapy, I assist my clients to fully access and work directly with the subconscious root cause of their struggle. Carefully and meticulously, I guide my clients to release any emotional charge that may be present, re-draw realistic conclusions, correct any misinterpretations, and get a full conscious awareness of the past event. This fully processes the traumas that underlie present day anxiety, panic attacks, phobia, PTSD, depression, relationship struggles, work-life challenges, chronic pain, and so on and brings relief from such debilitating struggles.
My practice is located in Encinitas, north San Diego, California.