The Rewind Technique was originally created by the originators of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, who called it the Visual-Kinaesthetic Dissociation Technique or ‘Fast Phobia Cure’.  Dr David Muss developed the technique so that it could be effectively used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),  and called it ‘the Rewind technique’. It was further refined by Joseph Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell of the Human Givens Institute and is a startlingly effective method for treating PTSD, panic attacks and phobias.

It is known as the Rewind Technique because of its 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.

The Rewind Technique is different from other imaginal exposure therapies because no details are disclosed to the therapist, hence the treatment is known as “closure without disclosure”

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 amygdala and the memory to be ‘re-classified’ as non-threatening. Thus, the pattern-match that was causing the anxiety and panic no longer occurs.

How does it work?

The technique works by allowing the traumatised individual, whilst in a safe and relaxed state, to reprocess the traumatic memory so that it becomes stored as an ordinary, non-threatening memory, rather than one that continually activates a terror response.

The individual who has suffered the traumatic event is asked to revisit it, but from a detached and safe distance, watching the events unfold mentally through a ‘television screen’ providing an emotional distance between themselves and the event.  The technique is carried out with the client in a state of deep relaxation, and is effective and suitable for all individuals and for children.

The Rewind technique is completely safe, carries no risk of further embedding any traumas, and provides fast results.


This careful technique minimises the risk of the client being re-traumatised, as it does not require any disclosure of sensitive or personal information, therefore allowing sufferers to deal with even the most  extreme of traumatic incidents effectively.

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