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.
"I didn't think I would ever feel OK again, but during the course of my sessions she helped me to feel better about myself and to understand that I do have a choice. I couldn't imagine what the future might hold for me or what it might be like, but now I can and it looks a lot brighter now."
What is the Rewind Technique?
When we encounter an event or situation which we perceive to be dangerous or threatening, the brain instantly focuses on the source of the threat and prepares the body for survival action. Once the situation has passed, the brain then 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 is especially true for people who may be experiencing PTSD.
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. The technique works by disconnecting the emotional information from the actual event, enabling the brain to reprocess the information and release the anxiety.
I trained in this technique with Uncommon Knowledge, who are one of the leaders in the field of Psychotherapy and Rewind Technique training.
Rewind Technique Sessions
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. Based on an NLP method originally developed in the 1970s, the 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 this 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 events 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.
The number of sessions required varies from person to person depending on your individual situation. Most people find between 2 to 4 sessions helpful. We will discuss your situation and decide on the most appropriate therapy options for you at your initial consultation.
You can also find more information about the Rewind Technique on the Therapy in Leeds blog here.
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