Rewind Technique for Trauma & Phobia Recovery
It is possible that many months, even years after a traumatic incident, Individuals may be dealing with the ripple effect of unresolved trauma encompassing a sense of overpowering helplessness, which can precipitate Depression, Low Self Esteem, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other Anxiety based difficulties. These types of mental health difficulties can have devastating impact on a person’s life preventing them from meeting their basic emotional needs and sometimes their physical needs. These difficulties can also have impact upon the individual’s ability to be effective within the workplace, the consequences of which could develop into further stresses from a financial perspective.
Presently many individuals dealing with trauma are being treated through the use of therapies which fall under the CBT umbrella. These therapies, attempt to ease the devastating symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, inability to focus on work and lowering self esteem by way of trying to get people to become aware of the thoughts which trigger these symptoms. CBT therapists try to encourage their client to think differently, wrongly assuming that thoughts come before an emotional reaction to a trigger. Through the use of CBT there is the attempt to treat trauma and phobia by examining thought and under normal circumstances CBT Therapies can be highly beneficial, however we are talking about abnormal circumstances when psychological trauma occurs. For many people who have experienced trauma this therapy can be ineffective, be incredibly painful from an emotional point of view, and runs the risk of further traumatisation and cause a deepening of the initial event.
PTSD and phobia are conditions of the instinctive emotional mind
They are not conditions of the thinking analytical mind
It is now well recognised that instinctive reactions which occur subsequent to a traumatic experience, will arise much faster than the analytical thinking mind can process what is actually occurring. It is now known that the details of a traumatic event are subconsciously encoded within the freeze, fight or flight area of the brain. This encoding occurs within the amygdala with the purpose of enabling us to react quickly to similar dangerous or life threatening situations, allowing us to have the best possible chance of survival should a similar event occur.
The encoding of difficult of traumatic experiences can be very quick and stem from such things as:
Diagnosis of a medical condition pertaining to self or a loved one
Lengthy illness or death of a loved one
Witness to an event, as a bystander or unable to help in an incident
Soldiers in war zones
Worries about the future, either real or imagined
Involved in an accident
Involvement in a traumatic incident
Vicarious traumatisation from bearing witness to graphic description of a traumatic event
Sudden and totally unexpected events which can impact the psyche, the mind and the body
The effects of a trauma experience can be persistent and may not appear for months or even years after an initiating incident. The traumatised individual is highly stressed, in part due to the stresses that they are being put under in the present and because the memory has not been processed in a way that it can, like other memories be stored in the neo-cortex, where it can be accessed by the cognitive mind. The more obvious symptoms could be flashbacks, nightmares, socially withdrawn, easily angered or aggressive, exaggerated startle response, depression, anxiety attacks, disturbed sleep, phobias, addictions, suicidal feelings and a lowered sense of self esteem. Physically the individual could be dealing with raised blood pressure, generalised rapid shallow breathing, insomnia, hyper-vigilance or jumpiness, loss of appetite and stomach disorders and a compromised immune function.
The Rewind Technique is non intrusive you do not have to keep repeating the trauma over and over again, which is traumatic in itself. The Rewind Technique is simple, painless and the Client can begin to experience relief very quickly. With individuals who have had this therapy having a wonderful result after just one session, as opposed to the present requirement of 12 quite often painfully intrusive and difficult cognitive behavioural therapy sessions. The Rewind Technique enables the Client to reprocess the distressing memory in a calm and relaxed manner, the memory can then be stored in the same way as other experiential learning’s which are not emotionally charged and without the need for medications which can hinder an individual’s ability to work effectively and safely.
Research conducted in the United Kingdom
The Rewind Technique is a tried-and-tested approach to treating PTSD and phobias
For many years, severe anxiety-based conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias were considered treatable only through long, painful exposure therapy, and in some cases, not at all.
Now, thankfully, we have access to a comfortable, effective treatment that can greatly reduce, and even remove, traumatic or phobic symptoms quickly.
Research results for the Rewind Technique
Although research into the Rewind Technique is still in its infancy, one study carried out by the Human Givens Institute in the UK showed the following results:
Study size: 30 people
40% of clients rated rewind as extremely successful.
53% rated it as successful.
7% rated it as acceptable.
No one rated the Rewind Technique poor or as a failure.
Prior to rewind, on average clients rated their well being as 12 out of 50.
Seven to 10 days after treatment, the average score was 30.3 out of 50.
Three to six months later, the average score was 32.2.
This represents an improvement of 167.4 per cent on their original ratings.
A four-year study carried out within NOVA (part of the Barnardo’s charity) showed similarly impressive results:
Study size: 47 people, 57% of whom treated with Rewind alone.
26 would have met the criteria for PTSD.
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.
(Human Given journal Volume 14, No 4- 2007)
Rewind does not need you to go over the traumatic incident(s) again
Many people with trauma or phobias have been treated using approaches which drag them back through the experience again; a highly unpleasant thing to have to do.
This does not happen with the Rewind, and I do not in fact even need to know the details of what happened to you.
So if you suffer from PTSD or phobias I think I can help, so please give me a call on 0447 445 201 and I can tell you anything else you need to know.
If you would like to get more background information about the Rewind Technique, you may like to view the article on this website: http://www.unk.com/blog/no-need-to-relive-the-trauma/