The REWIND Technique

Using the REWIND technique to clear trauma

REWIND is a trance method refined from Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) by the Human Givens Founders. It can also be understood as Imaginal Exposure Therapy. This is important, as defined this way it can be accepted as consistent with NICE guidelines.

REWIND does NOT require that the traumatic experiences be retold to the therapist. REWIND is non voyeuristic.

The key elements of REWIND are:

  • Activation of the memory
  • Deep relaxation
  • A dissociated rehearsal and revisiting of the memory, which has the effect of shifting the memory from the crude limbic system to the pre-frontal cortex.

After the REWIND has been completed, powerful and effective trance work is also possible. This can either rehearse beneficial change or work in other ways to enhance future possibilities and resources.

Examples of Traumas relieved as a prelude to healing and recovery

Here is a list of successful examples of Trauma relieved using the Rewind trance method. The listing is just what came into my mind by a quick recall of past cases, written down in no particular order and in no way complete.

  • Periods of sexual abuse by an uncle and the subsequent trauma around the lack of family support
  • Experiences of a very a difficult family gathering, dominated by rejection and loneliness
  • Veteran of Basra, reliving a six week period of siege
  • A car accident that led to a phobia of motorways….an accident on a roof that was still causing a fear of height, fifty years later….a hospital visit with mother that was generating a needle phobia fifteen years on
  • The death of a much loved parent and the subsequent pressure of having to cope
  • School bullying that extended to feeling of loneliness and separation and collapsing self confidence
  • A teenage school humiliation involving the breaking of equipment
  • Sickness on a tube journey late at night
  • Mugging attack in the middle of the street in broad daylight
  • The slow realisation that a grave career mistake had been made and that at the time, nothing could be done to rectify the mistake
  • Extreme embarrassment at an office presentation
  • Panic attacks extending over a month with the first particularly terrifying
  • The memory of the awfulness of that first depression
  • Discovery as a teenager that for many years previously  her much loved father had been conducting a clandestine affair

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