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Escape the cage that trauma locked you in

The Rewind Technique is a tried and tested approach for helping people who are experiencing high anxiety conditions such as phobias and trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What is the Rewind Technique?

For many years, severe anxiety based conditions such as phobias, trauma or PTSD were often treated using long and emotionally painful exposure therapy. Now thankfully, we have access to a more comfortable and effective therapy that can greatly reduce phobic or traumatic symptoms quickly.

The Rewind Technique is a relatively recent development in the field of psychotherapy and is recognised as an effective method for helping people who are experiencing high anxiety conditions. When compared with more traditional psychotherapy approaches, the Rewind Technique can provide rapid relief for people who are experiencing phobia, trauma or PTSD related symptoms.

How does it work?

When we encounter an event or situation which we perceive as dangerous or life threatening, the brain instantly prepares the body for survival action. Once the situation has passed, the brain processes what has happened by separating our emotional response from our physical experience and storing these in different parts of the brain and this is what enables us to make rational sense of events.

However, during a traumatic event, a person’s emotional response may be so extreme that the memory of the entire event becomes trapped in the emotional centres of the brain, ready to instantly re-activate should a similar event occur. Instead of being transferred to the Neocortex; the part of the brain where memories are stored, the event remains locked in the Amygdala; the part of the brain responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Although the original event may have happened some time ago, it feels as though it is happening in the present and this can be especially true for people who may be experiencing PTSD.

The Rewind Technique works by disconnecting the emotional information from the actual event, enabling the brain to reprocess the information and release the anxiety and trauma.

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Based on an NLP method originally developed in the 1970s, the Rewind Technique has been refined to incorporate dissociation and relaxation, allowing the painful memory to be reprocessed, so that it can be moved from the emotional centre of the brain, to the Neocortex where it is stored as a memory which is no longer threatening.

One of the benefits of the technique, is that you do not need to explain every detail of the traumatic event(s) for the therapist to work with you. This means that you don’t have to re-experience the event(s) that have led to the problem. I often use the Rewind Technique in combination with hypnosis as this allows you to access a deeply relaxed state where you can calmly reprocess memories without triggering the associated traumatic feelings.

I trained in this technique with Uncommon Knowledge, who are one of the leaders in the field of Psychotherapy and Rewind Technique training.

You can also find more information about the Rewind Technique on the Therapy in Leeds blog here.

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