Using the unique Rewind treatment programme, the Red Poppy Company can provide a proven,
effective, safe, quick and non-drugs based treatment for trauma
Rewind is safe for the client, and the practitioner, because unlike counselling or debriefing there is no
risk of retraumatising the victim or traumatising the counsellor during treatment (see Your
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Rewind is also known as the ‘fast phobia cure’ or V.K.D
The technique works by allowing the traumatised individual, whilst in a safe and relaxed state to
reprocess the traumatic memory in question so that it becomes stored as an ordinary, albeit unpleasant, and non-threatening memory, rather than one that continually activates a terror
The individual who has suffered the traumatic event is asked to revisit it, but, most importantly from a detached and safe distance, watching the events unfold mentally through a television screen providing an emotional distance between themselves and the event in
Carried out in a state of deep relaxation, Rewind’s effectiveness is well documented as outlined in the case studies contained on this
site. Rewind is effective and suitable for both individuals with disability and for
Red Poppy’s practitioners are highly trained in the Rewind
The Rewind technique is totally safe. No harm can come to people by using this technique, unlike some other talking therapies where the trauma can be embedded
It is also safe for the Rewind practitioner. In other treatments, the practitioner’s can become traumatised by hearing a traumatic account or by repeatedly hearing traumatic experiences. Using Rewind, they do not need to hear or know any of the details to perform the
In addition, Rewind is non voyeuristic. A person who has been raped, for example, can undergo the treatment without, if they so wish, having to talk to the counsellor about any of the intimate details of the
Thirdly, the technique is fast. A person traumatised by being in a rail crash, for example, and who, as a consequence, wouldn't use any form of public transport, and didn't want to leave home alone, could use
buses and trains again immediately after undergoing this process. This was the experience of a survivor of the Paddington rail crash.
Once relaxed, clients are asked to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease. Their relaxed state is then deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their safe place, they have a TV set, a video player and a remote
They are then asked to step to one side of themselves, in essence, out of body and watch themselves watching the TV screen, without actually seeing the picture. (Enabling them to create a significant emotional
Clients are then asked to watch themselves watching a ‘film’ of the traumatic event they encountered. The film begins at a point at which the trauma took place and finishes at the point at which the trauma ends and they feel safe
They are then asked to float back into their body and imagine pressing the remote control rewind button, enabling them to see themselves travelling very quickly back through the traumatic event from safe point to safe point. Then they watch the same images but with their fingers pressed firmly on the fast forward
This process is repeated at a speed dictated by the individual concerned and as many times as needed until the scenes evoke no emotion.
If it desirable to instil confidence for facing the feared circumstance in the future - for instance driving a car or getting in a lift – the client is then asked to imagine a scenario in which they are experiencing the circumstance in question but doing so in a confident and relaxed manner.
Once accomplished, the client is brought out of relaxation and the Rewind is complete.
Besides being safe, quick, painless and side effect free, the Rewind technique has the added advantage of being non-voyeuristic. There is no need for intimate details to be voiced, as it is the client who watches the ‘film’ and not the counsellor.
To see how effective the Rewind Technique can be, visit our case studies page.