Piers Bishop explains the rewind technique for treating PTSD

PTSD, phobias and trauma are NOT life long conditions, and can be treated quickly and easily with the rewind technique, a non voyeuristic and fast method of detraumatising both individual and extended traumatic events.

Piers Bishop, a Human Givens Practitioner who specialises in treating PTSD explains why the technique works, what happens during it, and how to get help fast.

Don’t let suffering from PTSD or trauma symptoms control you, watch this video and change your life.

Posted by: Eleanor


13 responses to “Piers Bishop explains the rewind technique for treating PTSD

  1. This man is not a medical doctor and his claims are unsubstantiated and controversial in the medical community. Investigate before investing your hopes (or your money) in his claims.

  2. Here are some quotes from the Human Givens Institute regarding this ‘cure’ for PTSD: “..there is no published clinical controlled trial showing that [this therapy] works..”, “..results [for similar therapies] are mixed and some researchers claim its effectiveness is no higher than with placebo”, “the reprocessing element doesn’t play a significant role in any positive outcome”, “[the inventors claims] make it the proverbial cure-all”..

    (Taken from http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/PTSD_Trauma_Treatments.htm )

  3. With respect, you seem to have missed the point (or not read the entirety) of that article and have taken those quotes out of context.

    The author explores the common features between three types of trauma treatment: EMDR, ‘tapping’ and the rewind technique (also known as the VK disassociation technique) some of which are controversial due to lack of understanding about why they work (that’s where your quotes come in).

    He then explains why the rewind technique is the preferred option (better control of emotions during the rewind, safe and non voyeuristic, easy to integrate with ancillary therapy such as metaphors and storytelling.. etc) considering what we NOW know about the brain mechanisms behind trauma. Recent research into brain function, the REM state and what happens when someone is traumatised has changed our understanding of why these treatments work.

    So, if you read the whole article, it’s not so outlandish to suggest that this technique might be the best way of treating trauma at the moment – hundreds of people with PTSD, trauma and phobias are treated at our workshops each year.

    See here for the Human Givens Institute Practice Research Network , including ongoing results for trauma treatments:


  4. It is interesting that J Smurf expresses concern about ‘investing in’ both hopes and monetarily this PTSD ‘cure’. It seems to me that people suffering the effects of PTSD spend a lot of time and money seeking help (or are supported by mental health funding). Piers Bishop (and the Human Givens) clearly states that he is helping 95% of people in 1, 2 or a few sessions. This cannot be astronomically expensive, nor is it intended to be ongoing. Investing in a treatment that will demonstrate effectiveness within the first session or perhaps require 1 or 2 more seems an acceptable risk to me (in the face of a life long diagnosis of PTSD).

    Most other techniques I know of take much longer and have a lower success rate. For example one of the most ‘successful’ other forms of PTSD treatment is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) treatment which is stressful and intrusive for the client and has a 55-60% success rate, which increases to 77% when the therapist accompanies their client to the site of the trauma as part of their therapy (Shapiro & Forrest, 2004). There is also EMDR, this technique is less intrusive than exposure therapy (CBT), requires only a few visits and has a high success rate – 84% of clients reporting no PTSD symptoms after 3 visits (Shapiro & Forrest, 2004). This information comes from proponents of EMDR (Hypnotic reprocessing or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and what they readily admit is that they do not as of yet understand WHY their therapy works. The beauty of the Human Givens approach is that they DO understand why their highly successful rewind technique works. No hocus pocus just genuine neurobiology at work.

    Personally I would not go to a medical doctor if I suspected that I or anyone I knew had PTSD symptoms, I would seek the advice of a trained medical health professional. I would also look at that professionals track record, see how successful their treatment is and how satisfied their clients are. Informed choices are the best ones as J Smurf suggests, investigate before committing, but investigate with an open mind. I have investigated Human Givens for four years now and am confident in their constantly evolving and enriching approach.

    My ten cents or as you say in the UK 10 pence.

  5. *should read: concern about ‘investing’ both hopes and monetarily IN this (Human Givens) PTSD ‘cure’…

  6. Hmmmm, guess everyone is different. Living in the hear and now is paramount to my sanity. I’ve attempted rewinding, and I don’t recommend it.

  7. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) centers on skill building and the restructuring of the cognitive scaffolding that has been damaged by constant neurophysiological interactions mediated by the nervous system; the sympathetic, parasympathetic systems and regulated by the endocrine system (Clinician’s Guide to PTSD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach by Taylor, 2006).

    In cases with extensive traumatization such as chronic childhood abuse of an interpersonal nature, results in complex trauma based disorders. The cognitive structure of the brain has not fully developed as it has been arrested by the violation of relational attachments vital to interpersonal relationships. Further, the forming of the personality stems from the interactions with others as we engage with others to find our identifications and identity (The Dissociative Mind by Howell, 2005, and The Haunted Self by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele, 2006).

    I have done expensive research into the causes and treatments of trauma based disorders and have found that, no one treatment can cure chronic or complex traumatization. Simple trauma based disorders may be treated on a short term bases, and this “treatment” that you claim to have perfected and can “cure” PTSD, without an evidence-based credibility does nothing to add to the cutting edge treatment modalities.

    As noted in Van der Hart et al. (2006) the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (Lee, 2009) and the Phase-Oriented Treatment modality covers most of the symptomology and comorbidity.

    It will take years to integrate multiple traumatizations where the personality has been impeded developmentally and dissociatively compartmentalized.

    Again I state that, no one treatment, can cure a chronically traumatized person of their maladies.

    Follow my link to find the evidence I base my statements on.

  8. Thanks for your comment Scott A Lee. We never never said, nor would we want to, that one treatment can cure all traumatised people. We have explained, despite the rewind technique being the most fast, safe and effective treatment out there, it is not be as effective when dealing with trauma in those on the autistic spectrum (including Aspergers) and in these cases, a CBT approach is definitely more likely to help. http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/PTSD_Trauma_Treatments.htm


  9. What about chronically traumatized persons who have secondary and tertiary structural dissociation of the personality? The leading evidence-based research indicates a long and intensive treatment process.

  10. I have suffered from PTSD since 1970. I had no help at the time and the attention I did get traumatized me still further. To date, I still cant concentrate to read and remember as I did before. I am in a permanent state of dissocaiion. I was helped by the website in that I realized the memories have never been processed and are still “present day”. Apart from that, I will try anything, but I would be grateful to correspond with anyone who has anything relevant to say.



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