Grey Matters Centre
What is The Rewind Technique
The Rewind Technique is a psychological treatment that was originally developed by Neurolinguistic Linguistic Programming and was called Visual/Kinaesthetic Dissociation technique. It was later renamed by Doctor David Muss.
The Rewind Technique is used in treating psychological trauma from experiences such as: natural disasters, road traffic accidents, assault, rape, anxiety, phobias, flashbacks etc. It can also be used for someone who has witnessed or heard an event such as bystanders, emergency services, therapists etc.
It is internationally recognised treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), phobias and anxiety.
Where a single trauma is the cause of PTSD only about 1-2 sessions may be required. For multiple event traumas, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence etc, each traumatic event can be dealt with individually or sometimes the traumas can be dealt with collectively.
One of the main benefits of The Rewind Technique is you do not need to disclose any details you do not want to. Sensitive information can be kept private and protected.
The Rewind Technique results are estimated to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms in about 80% of people.
At Grey Matters Centre we use The Rewind Technique as a stand alone treatment or as part of your therapy journey. It is so versatile, it can be used for a stand-alone phobia treatment in one to two sessions, or it can be integrated into your ongoing talking therapy.
Trauma and the brain
When we suffer trauma it usually results in strong emotions which overwhelm our brain. This overwhelm stops our brain processing normally so it leaves the memory unprocessed.
Normally an experience would go through a part of our brain called the hippocampus. This part of the brain process the experience so it can be filed away as a memory. If this doesn’t happen the experience gets stuck in the nervous system.
The stuck memory can get triggered and is experienced as if it is happening in the present, with all the emotions and sensations that go with it. This accounts for: flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares that are a common theme of PTSD.
What does The Rewind Technique do?
The Rewind Technique helps to reprocess and heal traumatic memories by imitating what the brain does naturally. The technique causes the stuck trauma memory to be transferred from the short term (working memory) into long term memory. The memory can then be remembered without the emotions and sensations along with it.
The Rewind will not erase your memory of the trauma you went through, you will always be able to remember it, if you chose to. But that will be in your control, it will not come up involuntarily as flashbacks, panic attacks or nightmares, but as a memory.
After the sessions you may find you are exhausted. It is effective almost immediately and you should continue to improve over the coming days as your brain is still processing the memory.
Length of the sessions
Before The Rewind Technique can begin we work on building resources within yourself, as we need you to be able to emotionally regulate whilst we do the trauma work. These sessions are the normal therapy hour in length, unless you would like to discuss other options.
Frequently The Rewind Technique is only used as part of your overall therapy journey, to help you reach your treatment goals but it can be used as a stand alone treatment.
It causes minimum distress, is safe and highly effective psychological treatment whereby intimate details do not have to be shared with your therapist.
It is our mission and our privilege to support you on your journey to recovery and to reach your goals. We are confident that together we can make a difference to your world and help you to live your life the way you want to live it. Imagine what your life would be like after therapy and the difference it would make to you.
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