The Rewind Technique (also known as the Fast Phobia Cure or V/K Dissociation technique) is a startlingly effective method for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks and phobias.
It is known as the Rewind Technique due to the use of the sufferer's imagination to 'experience' rewinding occurrences of the incident(s) in their mind's eye. One of the great benefits of the technique is that the practitioner does not need to know any detail about the incidents, greatly relieving the discomfort often involved in the re-telling.
It is thought that the process works as the traumatic memory is 're-processed' by the higher cortex, enabling the emergency pattern to be released by the amydala and the memory to be 're-classified' as non-threatening. Thus, the pattern-match that was causing the anxiety and panic no longer occurs.
The Rewind Technique was originally created by the originators of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) who called it the Visual-Kinaesthetic Dissociation Technique (V/K Dissociation) or the easier-to-remember 'Fast Phobia Cure'. Dr David Muss developed the technique so that it could be effectively used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and called it 'the Rewind technique' (1). It was further refined by Joseph Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell of the Human Givens Institute.
If you are a therapist or counsellor, you can train in the Rewind Technique online with Uncommon Knowledge.
The vast majority of sufferers experience a significant (over 70%) reduction in their symptoms following one session lasting around one and a half hours. The process itself is comfortable, and does not involve 're-living' of unpleasant events.
Demonstration Video of The Rewind Technique
Rewind technique used to treat snake phobia
3-month follow up
Finding a Rewind Technique practitioner
If you are visiting a practitioner for help with the Fast Phobia Cure or Rewind Technique, here are some pointers. They should:
- Relax you first - this usually involves guided imagery or hypnosis
- Make you feel comfortable
- Avoid referring to upsetting incidents in too much detail
- Have adequate training in both relaxation skills and the Rewind Technique itself (having read a book about it does not constitute adequate training)
- Be able to demonstrate prior success with the technique
- Help you there and then - there is no need for repeated sessions before the Rewind Technique is applied
UK practitioners trained in the Rewind Technique
Rewind Technique Training
Uncommon Knowledge provide Rewind Technique Training in distance learning format so you can train from anywhere in the world.
(1) Dr D C Muss (1991) "A new technique for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder". British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1991, 30, 91-92.