The human mind is as fascinating as it is complex. It's storage capacity is like a vast and seemingly infinite library. This intelligent library not only stores information, but uses such information when it may be of most value. There is no computing power that can and may ever be able to compete with the unique skill-set that the average brain can process. Artificial intelligence may be able to intellectually outsmart humans, but it will probably never get to the point where it can seamlessly blend IQ (intellectual quotient), EQ (emotional quotient) & SQ (spiritual quotient) to create a functional human experience. The average human brain takes in stimulus from the outside world via the 5 senses, categorizes it into understandable chunks of information (based on prior learning eg: You see a green and brown object. You have learn't that with it characteristics, it is a tree), assesses the situation to ensure safety, creates an emotional response (via hormone secretion), allows you to consider appropriate actions/in-actions, which will then create an outcome. Based on that outcome the brain will start the whole process again to consider further responses to the outcome.
Now consider how often the variables change that come at you from the outside world on a day-to-day basis. We are never presented with the exact same variables, only (at most) similar variables. So the brain is constantly trying to process information from the outside world and create (as appropriate as possible) responses which will hopefully provide desired outcomes. You may be wondering what this has to do with age regression therapy at this point, but stay with me for a moment and it will all start to clear up.
When a person is trying to deal with a current issue, their brain will look back into the past to try find the best, fastest & easiest method/s to get the desired result. This method/s is based on aligning ones self with prior successes in similar situations and/or staying away from thoughts, beliefs, values & assumptions that created undesirable results. If this is so, then why do we have problems in our lives? Why do we have self-destructive behaviour?

The Tool Box of "Pattern" Tools

Wouldn't it be easy if we weren't so complex? However the reality is far from the simple. Our complexity allows for both highly positive and negative opportunities to occur. The brain loves working with and aligning to patterns. Once a suitable pattern is created, it can become an easily-accessable, relatively reliable and somewhat predictable resource for future use. This pattern allows the brain to keep a so-called tool box of "pattern" tools for when it is needed. This storage of tools allows the brain to work more efficiently, so instead of always trying to figure out what a tooth brush is and how to use it, it will look into its tool box, grab the desired pattern and allow the person to brush their teeth every day without much thought to the whole process.
Hopefully you are still with me and haven't fallen asleep!

Meaning-Making Machines

Our very nature is to try make sense of the world around us. When our brains create usable patterns (as mentioned above), because those patterns 1) at least once, gave us a desirable outcome (moved us toward pleasure) and 2) at least once, ensured our safety (moved us away from pain). I'm sure you can see some huge flaws in this statement. However, since a growing baby (and further into childhood), our brain is constantly trying to make sense of the world to ensure our survival. Babies are mostly useless to themselves and require the use of an adult to have their needs met. Since the child can't do much but observe, it's brain acts like a sponge that constantly soaks up information. They observe behaviour and then try to replicate it as best they can. They also try to figure out how to use their body in a suitable manner. Over time their brains will create patterns that reward pleasure and alleviate or stay away from pain.

Age Regression Therapy

Over a life time the individual will see the world in a rather distorted (and suitably tailored) manner based on their past learning's (as indicated above). However, these distortions can make pain seem pleasurable and vice versa. Smoking is an easy example to consider (although any undesirable circumstance in one's life will equally apply). A person normally starts smoking because of social pressure and/or copy-cat behaviour. Smoking allows the person to feel good and relaxed. The brains warning system will be over-ridden due to these needs being met. This will create a suitable pattern for when a person feel stressed, when socializing, when bored etc. The smoking fix, like any self-destructive behaviour, temporarily removes any undesired emotions so the person can feel better and relax. That is why it is difficult to quit smoking, because it is providing positive value to the individual's life. It is important to remember that no matter how destructive the behaviour is, if it is giving some sort of positive value, the individual will not let it go. Furthermore, the individual must realize that the person they see in the mirror is merely the past reflecting back at them and is no way an indication of what may develop in the future.

With age regression therapy we can go back in time to find the feelings that is associated to a hidden problem that the smoking is suppressing. Once found, the therapist can work with the client to better understand any mis-understood, or wrongful acts that created those negative feelings. Once these insights are gained, the client will be able to change their behaviour based on a greater perspective of their life. Like most things, smoking is often just a scapegoat to the real problems that aren't being acknowledged in the persons life.

Now a New Pattern Can Be Made

Once the initial event that created the negative pattern has been discovered, processed and learnt from, the individual will be in a space to create a new pattern. One that is better equipped to deal with similar circumstances without the need for self-destructive behaviour. This process of integration seeks to "make one whole again".

In Conclusion

Age regression therapy seeks to positively change behaviour so the individual can work on creating the life they truly deserve and desire. Our past shapes us into who we think we are. If we truly want change, then we must learn to see through the illusions of our past limiting (and distorted) beliefs about ourselves & the world, and start creating the person who we want to be instead.

Session Info

The systematic approach of age regression therapy is metaphorically like pealing the layers of an onion, where each session prepares you for the one that comes next and I will take you through multiple phases where, together we work at finding and neutralizing the cause of the problem from the inside-out so that the change is permanent.

How Many Sessions To Start With?

It is advised to start with a minimum of 4 sessions and measure the progress being made along the way. This ensures time for feedback, acknowledgement of successes, rectifying any setbacks and fine-tuning positive behavioural changes. If the presenting situation is more serious with complications that must be addressed and dealt with, then it will be essential to take a set package of 8 or 12 sessions.

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