Rewind Trauma Focused Treatment
The Fast Trauma and Phobia Treatment, also known as The Rewind Technique (as taught by the Human Givens College) is an extremely effective and safe therapeutic method for removing trauma. It can also be used for phobias. It should only be used by experienced practitioners who have been formally trained.
Certain methods of treating trauma - those which encourage the reliving of the trauma - often serve to make matters worse. When someone suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is asked to recall the trauma, they can go so fully back into it that it feels like they are reliving it in the present. This embeds the memory more deeply and makes progress difficult. In contrast, The Rewind Technique keeps the person focused in the present which allows the rational part of the brain to reframe the memory as a past event and put it into a more realistic perspective.
The rewind technique is only carried out once the person is guided into a state of deep relaxation. Once fully rested and relaxed, they will be asked to bring their distressing memory to mind. (This means that there is no need to talk about what happened if they do not wish to.) They are then calmed down and asked to imagine a place where they feel comfortable and secure. In their special place they are to imagine that there is a TV screen and remote control.
They are then asked to imagine floating out of their body to the side, where they can watch themselves, watching the screen without actually seeing what is on the screen (double disassociation). They watch themselves watching a 'film' of the event that is still troubling them. The film begins at a point before the event happened and ends at a point once the trauma is over and they feel safe again.
They are then asked to imagine floating back into their body and experience themselves going through the trauma in reverse, from safe point to safe point, as though they were a character in a film being rewound. They then watch the same images, as if on a TV screen while pressing the fast forward button on the remote control (disassociation). This is repeated back and forward as many times as needed until the scene evokes no emotion.
If the feared circumstance is one that will be encountered again in the future - for example, flying or using a lift - the person will be asked, while still relaxed, to see themselves doing it with confidence.
Further information can be found here: http://www.hgi.org.uk/useful-information/treatment-dealing-ptsd-trauma-phobias/rewind-technique
Human Givens The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking (2013) Authored by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell; pp319 -349