The Rewind Technique: An Effective Treatment for Trauma

Trauma is a distressing experience that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope, leaving them feeling helpless and unsafe. Trauma can come in many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, accidents, natural disasters, and witnessing or experiencing violence. Trauma can cause a wide range of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance behaviours, which can significantly impact an individual's quality of life.

Traditional therapy approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) have been found to be effective in treating trauma. However, these approaches may not be suitable for everyone, especially for those who find it challenging to talk about their experiences or find the thought of recalling traumatic memories too overwhelming.

The Rewind Technique was founded and developed by Dr. David Muss in the early 90’s. Since this time, it has become internationally recognized as indispensable in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Rewind Technique is different from other current trauma approach therapies because no details are disclosed to the therapist. This means that the therapist doesn't hear the details of the traumatic event that the client is seeking treatment to address. Instead, the therapist guides the client through a process that helps them to reprocess and release the emotions and sensations associated with the traumatic memory.

The Rewind Technique can be used for any trauma, including single event traumas and complex or multiple event traumas. Single event traumas refer to one-off events such as road traffic accidents, muggings, burglaries, death, and loss. Treatment using Rewind Technique in these instances is often implemented using two to three sessions followed by a follow-up three months after the final treatment session.

Multiple event or complex traumas include combat or combat stress, sexual abuse, domestic violence, or any trauma where there is more than one kind of event. When applying Rewind Technique in such presentations, each traumatic event can be dealt with separately over separate sessions, but depending on the way the involuntary recall (symptoms) are represented, they can also be dealt with in one session.

The main benefit of Rewind Technique is that it is a non-disclosure therapy. This means that the client doesn't have to fear disclosing sensitive information. The technique will not help you to forget the experience but help you process it so it is no longer intrusive and traumatic.

Other benefits of the approach include the minimal risk of being re-traumatised and the ability to reduce involuntary recall (including nightmares, anxiety, flashbacks, avoidance, irritability, concentration challenges, preoccupation, intrusive thoughts, and much more!) Rewind Technique is useful for direct victims of a trauma where the trauma has happened to you as the first person, witnesses of another person's trauma, emergency responders such as police, ambulance, fire, and anyone who has attended a traumatic incident. The technique can even be useful for perpetrators or instigators where a person is responsible for (by accident or design) and involved in a traumatic event.