Rebirthing is a controversial approach to working with individuals who have attachment issues, such as those that may be found in children who have been adopted. In this approach, the practitioner works to help the client go through age regression to re-create the experience of being born. It is related to holding approaches and loosely related to attachment-based therapies, although most attachment-based therapies do not have the negative consequences that have been shown in this approach.

Historical Context

Rebirthing emerged in the mid-20th century as an approach to mitigate attachment difficulties. The approach was aimed to help those with attachment challenges bond with their parents (biological, foster, or adoptive). In theory, once a rebirthing was accomplished, a reparenting phase may be warranted to further enhance the ...

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