As a doula I primarily work with parents who are experiencing trauma as a result of a pregnancy, birth, feeding or parenting experience. No matter how your experience looked to others it is your own lived in experience that matters, and how you feel about it. If something doesn’t feel right, and you feel like you could benefit from the rewind technique please get in touch.
Over the course of our 3 sessions together you will explore your feelings and thoughts about the event, and think about how you would like to feel about it, this process will follow your lead and you are always in control.
The rewind technique utilising guided relaxation and discussion will help you find a way through your trauma, in effect helping the brain to let go of the trauma so that the it can be processed allowing you to move on from the trauma without experiences the feelings that were once attached to it.
We work together through 3 sessions:
Session 1 – an hour or two, getting to know each other, understanding the rewind technique, practice the guided relaxation, preparing for session 2
Session 2 – an hour or two, catch up and reacquaint, guided relaxation, rewind technique, time to relax
Session 3 – an hour hour or two, catch up and reacquaint, consider the progress made, make plans for the future.
You are always in complete control of the process and we work at your speed, and I follow your lead in terms of how much you want to talk about your trauma, and our discussions focus on how you want to feel about the event.
Sometimes the technique is effective immediately, sometimes a couple of sessions may be necessary to fully resolve the trauma.
My fee for this offering is £75, which equates to £25 per session (regardless of length), within 10 miles of Northwich, mileage may be added outside this area (follow up sessions are offered at £20).
Please feel free to get in touch to find out more or to book a your sessions.
I don’t believe that finance should be a barrier to getting the support you need, so I offer flexible payment terms, skills swaps and have some discounts available, please get in touch to find out more.
I completed my training with Mia Scotland as part of the Birthing Awareness programme through which I am mentored to ensure that my practice is safe and effective.
How does the rewind technique work?
If you are considering the rewind technique it’s good to know a little about about how the brain works and how the rewind technique supports it.
The human brain is responsible for processing and storing all of the many forms of sensory input we receive every minute of the day, utilsing the complex structure to build understanding and reasoning, developing memories and knowledge.
Psychologists have theorised that the brain and the body move between three states (see below), as humans we expect to exist primarily in the Soothing and Connection state, in this state we are calm and relaxed, building connections with those around us. When we experience exposed to danger or the threat of danger our brain and body moves into the Threat and Protection state, we are on high alert, and our brain switches its functioning and thought processed to survival, increasing adrenalin, heart rate and respiration. The amygdala (the reactive part of the brain) take over from the logical thinking cortex in order to keep you safe. This way of processing information is what kept our ancestors safe.
Imagine you are walking through a field and something jumps out of the long grass ahead of you….. it could be a rabbit or it could be a wolf (not many of these in the UK these days I know, but for our ancestors this was a big threat).
The switch to the Threat and Protection state allows you to immediately react hopefully saving you from being mauled by a wolf, you jump backwards ready to run. Then the situation is processed by the brain and you realise it was a rabbit, your brain and body switch back to the Soothing and Connection state. The brains stores the information away “Generally no wolves around here, if something jumps out at you in the future it’s likely to be a rabbit”.
When trauma occurs when the brain cannot move from the Threat and Protection state to the Soothing and Connection state after an experience, its almost as if the brain holds onto the experience, refusing to let go, which leads to the experience not being correctly processed. This can lead to you feeling trapped in a cycle of being on high alert, unable to process a memory and experiencing feelings of anxiety, helplessness, stress, tension, anger, replying the memory over and over again, or focusing on small details of what happened.
The rewind technique utilising relaxation and discussion will help you find a way through your trauma, in effect helping the amygdala to let go of the trauma so that the brain can process it allowing you to move back into the Soothing and Connection state when you think about it.