- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Meridian; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452011698
- ISBN-13: 978-0452011694
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Regression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse Paperback – October 1, 1996
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About the Author
Jean J. Jensen is a therapist and the author of Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Regression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse. Contemporary Psychology said the book “provides practical and compassionate guidance on dismantling the childhood defenses of repression and denial.” Jensen earned her MSW Degree from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 1963. She lives in Idaho.
Alice Miller (1923-2010) is the author of such classic works as The Drama of the Gifted Child, Prisoners of Childhood, The Body Never Lies, From Rage to Courage, and Free from Lies.
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In 2004, Out of desperation, I read this book and did the regression therapy as Jean Jenson described. This work takes strength and courage to do, but I plowed through the exercises and kept going. My fear, rage,loneliness, shock of betrayal, anguish, anger, agony, shame of my inner wounded child came pouring out. Emotions I never knew I had. I kept going till I could cry no more.
After doing this work, My paralyzing suicidal depression vanished in 2004. I am deeply appreciative to Jean Jenson. It has been over 11 years now, but NO MORE SUICIDAL DEPRESSION since 2004. Now whenever I do get depressed, which is not often, It is much more mild and commensurate to the event occurring. I am so much happier.
The reason why I waited so long to write this review is 2 reasons:
1) Back in 2004, this book had over 120 reviews giving this book 4.5 stars. I felt my review would have little impact. But somehow Amazon lost all these glowing reviews. Maybe technical glitch? At the time of this review, there are only 34 reviews.
2) My own personal shame of having been so psychologically wounded. I now realize it is nothing to be ashamed of. And if my review can help one person out there who is clinically depressed, suicidal, and / or bipolar, please don't give up. Please read this book. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Many experts "claim" and "hypothesize" Bipolar Disorder is genetic. I disagree. I feel it comes from childhood trauma. After having done Jean's work, my Bipolar Disorder is gone. This is my powerful anecdotal experience.
I have a bipolar friend doing this Regression Therapy via EMDR. He swears by this work and is releasing his inner wounded child's pain through Regression Therapy . He says it is better than lithium that he had been prescribed. The lithium was a coping mechanism, but not a cure. This work is a CURE.
Also Cognitive Therapists call "Regression Therapy" a different name "Prolonged Exposure Therapy". They have been using it to treat soldiers with PTSD. (Was on 60 Minutes May 26, 2014 interviewing Dr. Kevin Reader) Whether the event was from childhood or adulthood, the process is the same. To Remember and Feel Emotionally Every Detail of a Traumatic Experience vs. Trying to forget about it.
Remember, "If you resist, it will persist."
In 2004, I had no therapist to guide me through Regression Therapy via EMDR or Prolonged Exposure Therapy. All I had was this book. And it CURED ME. The book is thorough and gentle. Jean is beside you every step of the way.
I AM SO MUCH HAPPIER AS A RESULT OF THIS BOOK. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
As Ms. Jenson indicates, this method is not solely about recovering past memories and transgressions -- it also involves identifying how the parts of your current life are related to, and affected by, the past feelings of hurt. Focus is placed upon distinguishing between issues and feelings that belong to the present, as an adult, vs. those that belong to the past, as a child. It's amazing what truths result from this, about how we project our past fears and obsessions onto our current life -- our jobs, friends, romantic partners, and family members.
The book is very well organized, very clear, and, unlike many therapy books, actually provides ways to actually *do* the therapy. Ms. Jenson indicates that these exercises can be done individually, but also mentions the effectiveness of working this method with another person, such as a therapist.
Most surprising to me is that methods of therapy like this seem to be in disfavor right now, especially in the US. There is surprisingly little literature, either commercial or online, discussing methods of therapy such as this. And most online references to "Regression Therapy" lead you to information about discovering past lives. I think the lack of interest in this method is an injustice, and I think that Ms. Jenson deserves enormous credit for the clear vision presented in her book, and her courage for maintaining her belief in this method despite much skepticism from her own profession.
If you believe that the "ghosts" of your past continue to haunt your present, this book is for you. Even if choose not to follow its method (which is not easy or quick), you will still gain from the understanding of where those ghosts come from, why they're still around, and what present behaviors they may affect.