3 Step Rewind
What are feelings of a traumatic birth?
Feelings of traumatic birth can be overwhelming, and can come from a single event, or a combination of things that took place during pregnancy, birth or postnatally. How you feel about your experience truly matters, your feelings are valid.
Feelings of traumatic birth may look like, but not limited to, hypervigilence, tearfulness, flashbacks, panic, changes to relationships, numbness surrounding the event and anger, when you're feeling like this, it may be hard to look forward and this can be really difficult when you have a young child too.
Why does it happen?
The fight or flight response is one of our most primitive survival systems and is designed to allow us to act in the face of life threatening danger. The highly aroused emotions of fear and helplessness present during the traumatic experience become inextricably, biologically linked to the memory of the event because our amygdala becomes hyper-vigilant and any emotions felt at the time are attached to the memory.
The hypocampus (responsible for this)was not able to process the memory as it would normally, meaning you feel those feelings of panic etc every time you think back to the event.
So what is 3 Step?
The 3 Step Rewind technique is a process which moves you through your past traumatic experience in a safe way. It uses gentle NLP techniques alongside deep guided relaxation to help you neutralise your negative feelings attached to your experience.
you can either share your story, or you don't have to, the process can work effectively either way.
It runs over 3 sessions and can be done face to face or over Zoom depending on your needs and location.
I will listen to your story, if you feel comfortable telling it, and establish how it is affecting your life now. Together we will build a picture of what you would like for the future and what you would like to experience with your symptoms lifted. I will then take you through a guided relaxation and provide you with a recording of this to listen to regularly before session 2.
1 -2 hours
We will do the rewind process. I will ease you into a state of relaxation before guiding you through remembering the event in a specific way. You will be able to remain calm and feeling completely safe and secure throughout.
I will check in with how you have been since session 2 and giving you the opportunity to describe any changes that have taken place. We will then focus on visualising the future and building your confidence in moving forward.
Up to 1 hour (depending on needs- could just be a quick call!)