Learn the Rewind Technique | April 2020 , 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sometimes even the most experienced of therapists can wonder why a stressed client does not make progress.
It can be like Groundhog Day as your client returns to tell you they are still feeling anxious and depressed. Could it be that PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or a phobic condition is to blame?
‘Barry sought the help of a counselor as he was feeling depressed. Although he was forty-three he sat shaking and in tears as he recalled the bullying he had received from his father when he was a young boy. His life had been characterized by periods of unemployment, alcoholism, insomnia and debilitating depression. Recalling some of those events he said it was like it just happened yesterday and the thoughts of those difficult times often overwhelmed him. Just an hour later after experiencing the rewind he could think about those hard times without any anxiety.’
PTSD can be the cornerstone that locks anxiety and depression in place
PTSD often goes undiagnosed as it has many guises. The effect of trauma can vary from full-blown depression, flash backs, avoidant behavior and high level’s of agitation, to low mood and mild anxiety. The British Medical Associations criteria for PTSD and phobia’s is complex but even if not medically diagnosed, many people with the above symptoms will find symptoms lifting after being treated with the rewind technique.
A safe and effective method for treating trauma and phobias
The rewind technique has been developed over the past couple of decades. Prior to this it was thought that continued exposure to the phobic stimulus or original trauma was the key to de-traumatisation. Thankfully we can confidently report that therapists do not have to expose a client to more distress to get rid of these debilitating conditions. The rewind technique protects the client and keeps them safe from the anxiety of reliving the trauma. Believe it or not you don’t even have to know the full details of what happened in order to help your client.
How does the rewind technique work?
The key to understanding how the rewind is so immediately effective is because it enables a person to dissociate the high emotional response from the traumatic memory or stimulus.
About 70% of people who have experienced a traumatic event will process their thoughts about the incident over the following days and weeks. This process mainly occurs in the hippocampus, which is responsible for short-term memory, and in the neo-cortex. Eventually the event is stored in long-term memory and will not trigger an anxiety response. However, in the remaining 30%, high levels of stress hormone generated by traumatic experience inhibit this natural process and PTSD or a phobia results.
In order to overcome this, the individual needs help to allow their brain to complete the natural process of moving the recollection from ‘live’ to ‘long term’ memory.
Rewind Technique efficacy is supported by new four year research
Until recently there has been little research into the rewind technique (also known as the fast phobia cure). However a new study of four years’ use of the technique at the Nova Trauma Support Services (part of the Barnardo’s charity) has shown remarkable results. The Nova team provides therapeutic support to individuals and families who have been psychologically traumatised, primarily as a result of their experiences in Northern Ireland.
The team worked with forty-seven people, 57% of whom were treated with only the Rewind Technique. Twenty-six would have met the criteria for PTSD. The results show that after treatment none of the forty-seven people treated met the criteria for PTSD. There was also a significant reduction of all sub symptoms associated with PTSD, five categories had zero reports after treatment.
Martin Murphy, lead clinician in the study, said
‘….the case notes repeatedly identified not only relief from symptoms but also the emergence of qualitative positive changes in the individual’s daily lives.’ He suggests that it is effective in children as young as 8 and adults at least to the age of seventy; and that the rewind is effective for both single and multiply traumatized individuals.
(Human Given journal Volume 14, No 4- 2007)
Hypnotherapy practitioners testimonials
The Rewind Technique is an elegantly simple but powerfully effective tool that every therapist should have at their disposal. It’s an indispensable part of my own practice. I’ve used it to treat all sorts of phobias, including severely entrenched phobias that have been with the client for decades, with consistent success. I’ve also used it to help people overcome such traumas as workplace bullying, miscarriage and relationship breakdown.
One of the things I love about the Rewind is that it’s totally focused on the client. The client’s safety, comfort and privacy are respected at all times. All too often, traumas are made worse by a misguided insistence on talking about them. In contrast, the Rewind provides permanent relief from traumatic memories without the therapist ever having to know what the original trauma might have been.
In my experience, the Rewind Technique is the best method we have for helping traumatised people to reclaim their lives.
Ian Sherred Hypnotherapist, Southampton
The rewind is a life-changing experience for a client as it enables them to be the agent of their own change. It quite literally hands the control to the client at a time when they may feel at their most out of control. It removes the debilitating effects of trauma and phobia and does so in an empowering and deeply respectful way.
Donna Peters, Brighton