If the problem lies in the past, then, decided Freud, one must go into the past to uncover and deal with the trauma. This process is called “regression therapy,” and it raises many questions. Memory is far from infallible and often mistaken and self-serving, as proved by numerous scientific tests.
Then there is the way memories are extracted in therapy. The client is subtly led into a highly suggestible state of mind. Then plied with leading suggestions in an attempt to assist the “memory.” The suggestions very often take hold and become the trigger to “remember” what never happened. Events are thus created in much the same way that a shaman operates.