Trauma Focused Neuro-Linguistic Programming (tf-NLP©) is based on the procedure originally developed by Dr. Richard Bandler and Dr. John Grinder known as the Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation (V/K Dissociation). (see: Frogs into Princes in 1979)
In 1985, an enhanced version of the protocol appeared in Using Your Brain for Change. Subsequently, the procedure has appeared in many iterations as successive NLP practitioners used the protocol, collaborated with other practitioners and shared their findings organically through NLP trainings and conferences.
This includes Steve Andreas’ interpretation and application of the protocol that appears in the book Heart of the Mind and can be seen at a presentation to the panel on brain science at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference in March 2014 and the work of Robert Dilts and Judith Delozier, including their differentiation of the phobia and trauma models that can be found in the Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
In the United Kingdom, another version called the Rewind Technique was developed by David Muss and first published in A New Technique for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology in 1991. Rewind is used and accepted in the UK as a therapeutic intervention under the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.
Arguably the most knowledgeable person with regard to the application of the NLP V/K Dissociation and the neuro science behind its efficacy is Dr. Richard Gray.
In 2010 he published NLP and PTSD: the Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation Protocol, in: Current Research in NLP: vol2 – Proceedings of 2010 Conference. In that publication, Dr. Gray clearly articulates the evolution of the NLP protocol and the mechanisms that he believes alleviate the traumatic symptoms.
In a re-publication of the article in 2011, Dr. Gray maps the NLP intervention.
Here, on the Organic View Radio Show, Dr. Gray discusses the application of NLP to overcome PTSD with Donna Blinston and shares how successful the NLP V/K Dissociation is.
And in this video clip, recorded at a live training conducted in 2014, Dr. Gray describes the NLP intervention, its applicability, and efficacy.
Dr. Frank Bourke from the Research and Recognition Project (R&R) and Dr. Richard Gray completed the most comprehensive research to date on the NLP trauma intervention which they (re) named: The Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM).
In this podcast interview on Life After PTSD, Dr. Richard Gray describes the NLP foundations of RTM, genesis of the RTM protocol, re-consolidation and the neuro science that is applicable to tf-NLP©.
Most striking is the success rate that R&R achieved during research – greater than 92% success rate – with no reported recurrence. See their research here: http://www.researchandrecognition.org/articles.html
Their initial research was published in the Journal of Military, Veteran’s and Families online publication in 2015, titled Remediation of intrusive symptoms of PTSD in fewer than five sessions: a 30-person pre-pilot study of the RTM Protocol.
Ongoing research sponsored by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences titled Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories to Resolve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and conducted at Walter Reed Hospital, compares RTM to Prolonged Exposure (PE). (RTM is described as “… first used to treat phobias in the 1970s…” referring to the NLP Trauma/Phobia model) .
At Kings College London, NLP based RTM is being compared to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT. (the full description can be found here: ISRCTN Registry. In the section "Intervention", RTM is described as "...an NLP based, non-traumatizing intervention..." and further "... Most NLP interventions can be completed content free ...")
tf-NLP© is the next generation of the NLP trauma protocol, advancing other NLP based protocols, such as Rewind and RTM, by the inclusion of several protocol enhancement techniques such as Time Line Therapy™ to elicit root causes of trauma including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the temporal placement of the intervention and sequencing of NLP techniques after the clearing of the trauma.