Overcoming Fears, Phobias and Trauma with the Rewind Technique

Do you have a particular fear that is so intense that you avoid, not only the thing or situation itself, but anything that would even cause you to think of it? That’s a phobia and you’re not alone. In fact, The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that almost 20% of the American population suffers from phobias.
Phobias are actually the most common form of anxiety disorder. In women of any age, studies have shown phobias to be the most common mental disorder, and among men over 25, phobias are listed as the second most common mental disorder. But, here’s some good news; hypnosis, especially a technique called the “Rewind Technique” has been shown to be an effective treatment for phobias (Kessler et al., 2005).
First off, what’s a phobia? Put simply, a phobia is an irrational fear that, in reality poses little or no danger to the person. Common phobias include fear of heights, enclosed spaces, driving, flying, snakes, spiders, dogs, etc. When most people are confronted by their phobic trigger, they usually experience physical and emotional symptoms including: panic, anxiety, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath (Medline Plus).
Now don’t get me wrong, fear is a natural survival mechanism. Let’s face it, falling off a building or getting mauled by a bear can really ruin your day. But looking at it logically, how likely is it for those things to actually happen? It’s the unlikely and irrational fears that are the target of hypnotherapy. The goal of clinical hypnotherapist is to remove the subconscious’ attachment and reaction to the phobic object or situation.  A common technique used by clinical hypnotherapists is called the Rewind Technique, a method borrowed from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Regardless of how long  or how severely the client has had the phobia, this technique works!
The Rewind Technique is used after the hypnotherapist induces the state of hypnosis in the phobia sufferer. Then, the hypnotherapist guides the patient through images and steps that remove the client’s emotional reaction to those triggers. It’s not even necessary for the hypnotherapist to know how the phobia started or what kind of symptoms the client experiences. All a qualified clinical hypnotherapist needs to know is how to guide the client through the Rewind Technique to help them overcome their fear (Sherred).
The Rewind Technique has been shown to be an effective method for helping people overcome their fears and phobias and improve their quality of life. In addition to helping reduce the use of prescription drugs, especially anti-anxiety medications, this technique has also been shown to be effective treatment in helping people overcome post-traumatic stress.
Demographic and statistical information were originally quoted in an article by Steve G. Jones, Ed.S.
Kessler et al., Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of 12-Month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, June 2005, Archive of General Psychiatry, Volume 20.
“Phobias.” Medline Plus. Retrieved on October 12, 2009: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/phobias.html
Sherred, I. Phobias: How they arise, and how they can be cured with hypnotherapy. Retrieved on October 12, 2009: http://www.hypnotherapyarticles.com/ArtG/articleg00035.htm

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