from £150, with funding available for women facing disadvantages.
Have had a traumatic experience that is still present in your mind and affecting you?
It’s not unusual after any traumatic event to feel out of sorts, and in a state of shock with recurrent, unwanted thoughts and feelings. When they persist and run on a constant replay it can be exhausting, which can make you feel anxious and overwhelmed. You may be ready to move on but feel unable to.
This simple, gentle and effective three step process neutralises strong emotions associated with the event, so you can keep the narrative of what happened without the overwhelming feelings.
What is the 3 Step Rewind Technique?
The 3 Step Rewind Technique is an effective method of negating strong emotions that are attached to a difficult memory.
The fight or flight response is one of our most primitive survival systems and is designed to allow us to act in the face of danger. When we are struggling with symptoms of trauma our fight or flight response is being triggered – even when there is no present danger – constantly reliving what happened and igniting the feelings all over again each time.
By neutralising those heavy emotions, the brain can process the memory so it can be integrated and stored as a past event, no longer triggering the fight or flight response.
What does it involve?
Usually delivered over three hour-long sessions, this process activates your own natural ability to heal by using deep relaxation, guided use of your memory, and your imagination.
- Listening to your story if you wish to tell it, and understanding the changes you would like to see after you have completed the programme.
- Using relaxation techniques to lower your arousal then asking you to remember the event in a specific way, through visualisation, whilst feeling safe and secure.
- Imagining how you will be able to cope in the future.
What are the benefits?
The 3 Step Rewind Technique is a non-disclosure therapy. This means that you don’t need to talk about your traumatic experience. If it makes you feel uncomfortable or you would find it too difficult, there is no need to share what happened to you. You will need to remember it yourself, but you can do this without re-telling.
The technique is a short solution-focused therapy and many women see relief from many of their symptoms after three sessions. However everyone is individual, and we will tailor the programme to your needs.
The treatment can be effective whether your experience was recent or happened many years ago. If you are experiencing symptoms of trauma then the rewind technique may useful in eliminating them.