The Rewind Technique is a wonderfully simple and effective treatment for high anxiety conditions such as Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
This relatively recent breakthrough in psychotherapy treatment is a fast, safe and painless method of helping people to overcome high anxiety conditions. The treatment was originally developed by Richard Bandler, a founding father of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and was known as The VK Technique. Rewind is the version that is recommended by The European Therapy Studies Institute (ETSI) as it has been refined to emphasise the elements that are now known to be essential in making it a highly effective treatment.
So, how does it work? Well, when we encounter an event or stimulus that we perceive as threatening, our attention becomes locked onto the source of the threat to the exclusion of everything else. At this point the survival mechanism of fight and flight is activated and the emotions become highly aroused, prompting the body to instantly gear itself for survival action. In the normal course of events this physical and emotional energy will be used up and the body will restore itself to normal. The brain is then able to process what has happened by separating the emotional response from the physical experience, filing both away in separate parts of the brain, enabling the person to make calm, rational sense of the event.
Occasionally, this separation doesn’t happen and the entire event gets trapped in the emotional centres of the brain, resulting in phobia or trauma.
The Rewind Technique works very simply to ‘unhook’ the emotional experience from the actual event, enabling the brain to recode the information, freeing the sufferer from the debilitation of high anxiety.