Integral Regressive Therapy’s (IRT) main aim and function is to help us return to a state of balance so we can plan a better future. As well as a way of curing problems such as phobias, depression, panic attacks, anxiety and physical issues, IRT leads us on the path of self-knowledge, to the search for the inner “me”.
Our past holds the root of our problems, our relationships, let-downs and ailments. One way to regain the balance needed for mental, physical and emotional health is by contacting our past through Integral Regressive Therapy. We don’t necessarily go back to previous lives or experiences, we simply open up to the past we carry within us, and during therapy we go back to things from the past that interfere with the present. The only way to eliminate such traumas is by identifying, re-living and integrating them. Thanks to regression we can assimilate and resolve whatever undigested elements we were carrying around in our psyche that are often associated with a somatic (physical) manifestation.
IRT builds its theoretical and technical knowledge based on the evidence of former events as told by patients. Proving whether the self is eternal or not or whether there are past lives becomes irrelevant in as much as if the patient believes in a past event, then it is real in his or her psyche and can therefore be treated. IRT is a successful psychological discipline since it rescues, develops and complements concepts and techniques from different psychological currents. It reclaims Freud’s concept of catharsis and uses Jung’s ideas of complex and individuation. It confirms the hypothesis of psycosynthesis regarding the existence of the soul and it’s evolution, and IRT also broadens and enhances Bernian concepts by searching for “script” decisions made during traumatic circumstances in past lives. The use of cognitive therapy concepts and techniques help IRT more easily identify the disfunctional beliefs or keywords, reach the core of the complex, promote catharsis and re-programme the patient’s life “script” which involves the creation of functional beliefs. Psychodrama, bioenergetics and Gestalt Therapy are used in IRT to induce regression during cathartic work and whilst re-programming the patient. Hypnosis isn’t used as it is deemed counterproductive since it disassociates the person from his experiences. Instead IRT uses a combination of relaxation and indication techniques in order to connect the subconscious without disconnecting consciousness, thus establishing links between past and present. IRT firmly believes that all psychological models to date have the same objective: to help us get to know ourselves better, understand others and the world around us, thus helping us develop a higher standard of life.
Joao Talaier, Sociologist and Psychoanalist 676 133 377
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