by Paul Hansen, Ph.D.
Patients occasionally appear in a psychotherapy practice who are suffering the residual effects of accidents or other body trauma that occurred in a previous period of their lives. According to medical feedback, the body has healed, or should have healed, but for some reason it has not yet released the memory of the event. Such patients typically have chronic pain or strange body reactions and are frequently referred for psychotherapy to deal with the somatic complaint. They “know” that there is something the matter with their bodies, even though most practitioners cannot find or treat the problem. It was in an effort to understand and treat this phenomenon that the technique of post-accident trauma release (ATR) was born.
The ATR technique evolved three years ago after fourteen years of past-life experience. I was working with a woman under hypnosis who had been in an auto accident a year and a half prior to her first session. From the time of the accident she had been in continuous pain. In an extended session I worked intuitively to sense what would be helpful for her, and in the process an effective technique emerged. After four years of learning and experimenting I have begun to share this with others, and feedback indicates that other therapists are able to use the process with equally rewarding and exciting results.