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Rebirthing: A Course in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychotherapy

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Rebirthing to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

There is a school of thought that believes that prenatal and perinatal events have enormous impact on our lives.  This course explores fundamental traumas from very early in life that often lead to disturbed and disturbing relationships which can sometimes involve violence and abuse.

The course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to add these particular specialised skills to their portfolio.  It gives guidance on how a therapist can help the client regress to relive prenatal and perinatal events, leading to a resolution of the repressed trauma material and the expansion of human potential and creative intelligence.


  • Lesson One
    • The Context of Rebirthing
      • The Spiritual Roots of Rebirthing
      • Spiritual and Transpersonal Thinking
      • Psychoanalytical Beginnings
      • Somatic Therapies
      • The Professionalisation of Psychotherapy
      • Challenges to Orthodox Psychiatric Practice
      • Other Advances
      • The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health
      • David Wasdell, Stanislav Grof and Cultural Psychodynamics
  • Lesson Two
    • Regressing to the Very Start of Life – Examining the Issues
      • Dr Frank Lake and Primal Regression
      • An Induction for Primal Regression
      • A Guided Journey
      • Integration and Catharsis
  • Lesson Three
    • The First Primal Bereavement: A Lost Twin
      • The Vanishing Twin Syndrome
      • Therapy and the Loss of a Twin
      • A Ritual of Letting Go
  • Lesson Four
    • Examining Trauma during Pre-birth Life
      • Implantation Trauma
      • Rethinking Psychodynamic Ideas of Defence against Birth Trauma
      • Levels of Being in the Womb
      • Therapeutic Interventions during First and Second Trimesters
      • Regression and Progression
      • Integration
      • Conclusions
  • Lesson Five
    • Exploring Trauma during the First Stage of the Birth Process
      • The Concept of ‘Perinatal Matrices’
      • LSD and Non-LSD Induced Regression
      • Understanding the Theory of Perinatal Matrices
      • Basic Perinatal Matrix One
      • Integration of Primal Experiences
  • Lesson Six
    • Exploring Trauma during the Second Stage of the Birth Process
      • Some Preliminary Observations
      • BPM 2 – A Journey through Hell
      • Fixation
      • The BPM 2 Experience
      • Counter-transference Reactions/Accurate Empathy
      • Therapy in Action
      • Final Considerations
  • Lesson Seven
    • Exploring Trauma during the Third Stage of the Birth Process
      • Introduction
      • Therapy for Being Reborn – A Multidimensional Approach
      • BPM 3 and Cord Trauma Birth
      • Schematic Repatterning of the BPM 3 in Cord Trauma
      • Life Choices
      • BPM 3 and the Forceps Delivery
      • Life Patterning
      • Schematic Repatterning of Forcepted Babies
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Third Stage of the Birth Process (Continued)
      • Client Autonomy
      • Repatterning Shock Trauma
      • Transpersonal Perspectives
      • Posture in the Birth Canal and Trigger Points
      • Implosive Containment
      • Accurate Empathy
      • Catharsis
      • The Repatterning Process
      • Breech Presentation Trauma
      • Caesarean Trauma
  • Lesson Nine
    • Exploring Post-birth Trauma
      • Introduction
      • BPM 4 – Death Followed by Rebirth
      • The Premature Birth
      • Engulfment and Abandonment
      • Attachment Theory
      • Meditation Time
      • Final Stages of Primal Therapy
  • Lesson Ten
    • Rebirthing Therapy in Psychotherapeutic Practice
      • Introduction
      • Integration within Current Practice
      • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
      • Humanistic Psychotherapy
      • Behaviour Therapy
      • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
      • Jungian Therapists
      • Post-Jungian Therapists
      • In Conclusion

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.