Little known “Rewind Technique” getting more attention to treat PTSD!

by | Aug 11, 2012

The Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation Protocol.  Quote from this website link…

“The vast majority of sufferers experience a significant (over 70%) reduction in their symptoms following one session lasting around one and a half hours. The process itself is comfortable, and does not involve ‘re-living’ of unpleasant events. The Rewind Technique was originally created by the originators of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) who called it the Visual-Kinaesthetic Dissociation Technique (V/K Dissociation) or the easier-to-remember ‘Fast Phobia Cure’. It was refined into the Rewind Technique by Joseph Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell of the Human Givens Institute.”

In the coming weeks, my research and postings will include NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

“Defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience, NLP studies the patterns or “programming” created by the interaction between the brain (“neuro”), language (“linguistics”) and the body. From the NLP perspective, it is this interaction that produces both effective and ineffective behavior, and is responsible for the processes behind both human excellence and pathology.”

I invite those who have training and experience with NLP, in the context of behavioral change and as a treatment option for the symptoms of PTSD, to provide guest postings and comments on this highly interesting subject.  I am also working with a close friend, Byron Lewis, who has just authored a second edition of was a great help to me in writing my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, and offered introductory remarks and the following excerpt from my book.

“Language is a remarkably powerful instrument for affecting personal change. I discovered years ago, as an undergraduate student, that spoken language can assist an individual to make cognitive leaps that traditional “talk” therapies often cannot. Such applications of language, when used intentionally to pace then lead a person into their own internal experience of change, can be almost magical…

The written word can be just as powerful. Because Steve writes with a disarming and unassuming style, he invites the reader to explore with him places that are scary and painful. Because he is talking about himself, it can feel safe for a victim of severe stress trauma to follow the narrative while reliving his or her own experience at various levels of consciousness.  (Most cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment of PTSD require this “reliving” step as part of the therapeutic process.) He also leads the reader who is in denial or who has sublimated the painful experiences so deeply that they are no longer conscious, through a series of self-identifying symptom descriptions. Again, because Steve is only talking about himself and members of his family, readers can absorb as much or as little of the information as they are ready to. Finally, using his self-effacing but tremendously insightful style, he draws the reader through actual transformative therapeutic processes that support healing and lead to more constructive means of coping.

 This is a book that will get a great deal of attention for many years to come!’

 Byron Lewis, M.A.
The research and writing for my blog has provided exponential value to me and those who follow my work, especially the families who suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.  I welcome input and conversation on any topic posted on my blog.  My book continues to be read and used as a reference by many since its publication in November, 2011.  It has been both rewarding and healing for me to continue the journey of PTSD and moral injury awareness.
Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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