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Treating Post Traumatic Stress or Phobias

During a traumatic experience we respond instinctively, without thinking. A particular brain activity called the ‘orientation response’ occurs and things can seem dreamlike and unreal during the emergency. Time becomes distorted and seems to flow more slowly. This dreamlike feeling of unreality is key to how trauma becomes encoded in the brain. Recent research by psychologist Joe Griffin has shown that instincts are programmed into us through the REM (rapid eye movement) state. REM consciousness doesn’t just happen when we dream at night.

75% of people who experience trauma will eventually dream it out (the brain’s built in way of releasing emotional arousal) or eventually be able to talk about it. This causes the memory banks of such people to re-locate traumatic memory into ‘narrative memory’. They’ll know it was bad at the time, but it won’t feel bad to think and talk about it any more. The remaining 25% have persistent trauma. Weeks, months, even years later it will still feel very current and awful to even think about, let alone discuss. As you’d expect, these are the people who also make the best hypnotic subjects. The traumatic memory doesn’t fade for these people and is logged as a current not a past threat.

Their brain will be on the look out for anything that reminds them of the initial trauma. This is the way the protective emergency part of your brain errs on the side of caution. Trying to get someone who is deeply traumatised to ‘talk about it’ may only make it worse as ‘getting back into the memory’ re-traumatises the person.

As trauma becomes encoded instinctively through the REM state, it is best treated by accessing the same REM state – and this can easily be done through relaxed hypnotic trance. Relaxation and disassociation are key to lifting trauma quickly and comfortably. What is needed is a way to re-code the traumatic memory as something that is no longer threatening. The rewind technique (also known the fast phobia technique because it's also used to lift phobias) is the quickest and most reliable way to lift trauma.

The technique is safe, fast effective and comfortable. The therapist does not even need to know what traumatic memory is being worked upon, so it is also non-intrusive.

The rewind technique mirrors what your brain does naturally with emotionally arousing memories. We all have memories which were scary at the time but which we can now look back on and talk about with detachment and even amusement. Those memories have moved out of the emotional centres of the brain and into normal narrative memory. PTSD sufferers haven't managed to do that for themselves, so they need a helping hand in a process that mirrors the natural healing process. The rewind technique seems to be the best way of doing that.

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