Have you experienced an isolated traumatic event and are struggling to resolve it?
Maybe you’re still experiencing anger, irritability, mood swings, anxiety and fear, guilt, shame, self-blame, withdrawing from others, feeling sad or hopeless or feeling disconnected or numb?
Maybe you’ve had enough time reflecting on what’s happened and really want to move on?
Maybe you don’t want to spend any more time talking about it but you want pro-active action and to see quick results?
Here’s a solution that could work for you – REWIND technique
What is the ‘REWIND’ technique?
It’s a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for de-traumatising people, which can also be used for removing phobias and is only performed once a person is in a state of deep relaxation.
When they are fully relaxed, they are encouraged to bring their experience to the surface and then are calmed down again by being guided to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease.
Their relaxed state is then deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their special safe place, they have a TV set and a DVD player with a remote control facility. They are asked to imagine floating to one side, out of body, and to watch themselves watching the screen, without actually seeing the picture (creating a double dissociation). They watch themselves watching a ‘film’ of the traumatic event that is still affecting them. The film begins at a point before the trauma occurred and ends at a point at which the trauma is over and they feel safe again.
Besides being safe, quick and painless, the technique has the advantage of being non-voyeuristic. Intimate details do not have to be made public.
It is a very effective and well tested technique that neutralises the disturbing feelings associated with trauma. The memory of what happened still exists but it no longer provokes any of the emotions associated with the events.
Here’s the evidence from PTSD Charity (specifically Human Givens approach).
What can it be used for?
It can be used for any traumatic events or phobias linked to traumatic events
What is REWIND not?
It’s not counselling – we don’t spend too much time reflecting on the issue, we immediately go into the technique.
It doesn’t remove the memory – the memory stays intact, but the emotions around it are what you choose them to be)
It is not for those with complex PTSD – it’s specifically for isolated events
Is it for everyone?
As per any form of therapy, REWIND will be more effective in some people than others. There’s a great chance it will work with you but there’s never a guarantee. Being open to it and interested is likely to make it much more effective. In my time using it, I have only had one person who has seen no significant results. All other clients have seen monumental changes.
The benefits of REWIND:
- it is quick – you will need 2 sessions
- you can reflect on the experience in the way that you choose
- being in control – events or situations don’t trigger you
- able to regulate your emotions
- a tool you can take away and use on your own
REWIND may be for you if:
- you want to move on
- you are ready to work through your experience
- you’ve tried other therapies and nothing has worked
- you are open to trying a completely different approach
- you prioritise your health and well-being
Cost: £125 for two sessions – first session (90 mins), second session (60 mins)
How many sessions?
It’s hard to know how many sessions you will need – depending on the complexity of your issue, it’s likely you will need between 1 and 2 sessions – occasionally but rarely more. For some instances – EFT might be a better option and we can identify that in your first session.
Sessions will take place in Albany Street Clinic on a Friday morning or Wednesday evening, in my home at other times or via Skype.
What happens in your first session
The first session is 90 minutes long so we can go through what the REWIND is, you will describe your place of relaxation, we will identify a start and end point and then we move onto the relaxation.
To book a session, get in touch briefly outlining what you want to get out of the session and I’ll get back to you by phone or email.