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 the Rewind Technique?
We first establish the traumatic event the Client wishes to work on that day. If it’s the first session, and there is more than one past traumatic event, we recommend working on either the first trauma or the worst trauma.
An important part is establishing two calm, peaceful moments in the Client’s life, before and after the event(s) occurred. If the Client can’t recall one before the trauma, any “neutral” event will do, when they just weren’t thinking of that event.
The Client is brought to a deeply relaxed state through guided imagery/visualization, to where they ultimately imagine they are in a cozy log cabin, sitting in the world’s most comfortable chair. Across the room they imagine a small, black and white TV set, and they have a remote that controls any movie they play in it.
The “movie” will start with the first calm point established earlier, and it will end with the second calm point, and the traumatic event(s) will be in the middle.
The Client first imagines themselves floating away from their body to where they are standing next to the TV set, to where they can see themselves sitting there in the chair, but as they are standing next to the TV set, they can’t actually see the screen. They can only see themselves sitting there in the chair, about to watch the movie on the TV set.
They then imagine watching themselves watch the movie from the calm point in the beginning to the calm point at the end in fast forward.
Then the Client imagines floating INTO the movie at the calm point at the end, and they will see what they saw and hear what they heard during those events, but it will all be in reverse. (It is not the details that matter here…just the sense that it is all going in reverse.)
Then the Client imagines floating OUT of the movie, back into the them sitting in that comfortable chair. They imagine then, watching the movie from the calm point at the beginning to the calm point at the end, all in fast forward.
This process is repeated a few times, and then the Client is asked to imagine their future self, living the life they truly desire (that’s the “bonus” part that helps set in a new vision of living life without the heavy burden of the past).
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, nonstop “movie.” Sometimes you may see nothing at all when you close your eyes and try to visualize, but you just get more of a “sense” that you’re imagining something.
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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