What Is Rapid Trauma Recovery?
Rapid Trauma Recovery utilizes the Rewind Technique to quickly and non-intrusively neutralize traumatic memories in the brain so they no longer have a grip on the sufferer. This is often done in one session, though it can take up to three sessions if the sufferer has endured multiple traumas.
See Trauma and The Brain to understand where PTSD symptoms stem from, and exactly how the Rewind Technique can SO RAPIDLY eliminate those symptoms by simply helping the brain to fully process the (unprocessed) traumatic memory so that it can become a “past event.”
Things to Know About the Rewind Technique
- The Client does NOT need to discuss the details of their trauma.
- The process happens through guided imagery and visualization.
- A session is calming and relaxing, and clients often affirm this afterwards.
- It is possible to work on more than one trauma at a time, depending on the client.
- If there is a lot of childhood trauma, it is usually not necessary to work on every single trauma. Generally, we work on the first and/or the worst trauma, and that alone has a way of creating a “domino effect” of processing the other events/memories as well.
- Once the session is over, the standard result is that the client can recall the traumatic event, but there is no negative emotion attached to it. It has become a “neutral” event.
The benefit of neutralizing a traumatic memory is that once it is processed in the brain, the negative emotional ties to that event dissipate, but so do all symptoms of re-experiencing and re-living the trauma. It truly becomes a past event in the brain.
What Can I Expect During a Session?
We first establish the traumatic event the Client wishes to work on that day. If it’s our first session together, and there is more than one past traumatic event, I recommend working on either the first trauma or the worst trauma.
We scale your level of upset when you think about the trauma, from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most upset you can be. This gives us a baseline for when we scale again at the end of the session.
Doing the Rewind Technique is very relaxing…like meditation. The Rewind itself is done through guided imagery/visualization, which is why it’s not necessary for the Client to talk about the details of the trauma we’re working on.
The Rewind process “scrambles” the pattern-matching the brain created during the traumatic event, and this “scrambling” is what neutralizes the memory. We add context, so to speak, to the unprocessed memory, which in turn helps it to process correctly.
After the session, we discuss your experience, and then scale the memory again. While it is common for clients to scale between 8 to 10 at the beginning of a session, it is also common for clients to scale at a 0-3 afterwards.
We end the session with goals and “homework” when applicable, and you leave feeling like weight has been lifted.
What if I Have Trouble Visualizing?
People have different perceptions of visualizing. Occasionally there is someone who visualizes exceptionally well, but the average person will see mostly black when they try to visualize something. They will see flashes of an image or scene, rather than a vivid, non-stop “movie.”
Sometimes you may see nothing at all when you close your eyes and try to visualize.
The Rewind Technique can fit into any of those scenarios. If you can’t perfectly visualize what I guide you to imagine, it works to just have a “sense” that you are visualizing certain things, or to even simply imagine that you can. Your brain knows what you are trying to do, and the memory will still be processed.
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