NLP and PTSD, Phobias & Anxiety

By June 3, 2015 December 14th, 2016 Articles
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Here is a wonderful PTSD article from Steve Andreas M.A.- NLP author, Trainer and Developer

In 1984, Connirae Andreas worked with John, a Vietnam vet who had tried all sorts of therapy to get over his PTSD for 13 years, without success.

Using the V/K dissociation process, also known as the phobia cure or the “movie theater” method, she was able to resolve his PTSD in a single session lasting about 45 minutes. Four weeks later she interviewed him on camera, and he described his experience, both before and after the session, in considerable detail. This video is very useful to show to people who find it hard to believe that the phobic core of PTSD can be resolved so quickly. We have recently made this NLP PTSD video available online here – NLP and PTSD, Phobias & Anxiety

This interview was included in our 1984 video titled, “The phobia/trauma cure,” which also included Steve’s 8-minute demonstration of the method with Lori, who had an intense phobia of bees, and a ten-month follow-up with Lori. The NLP phobia demonstration with Lori is available on YouTube. A 25-year follow-up interview with Lori is also available online.

About a year and a half ago, I worked with an Iraq vet for four sessions totaling 9 hours, recorded it all, and made it available as an online streaming video program called Releasing PTSD. A 14-minute free excerpt from these sessions is available online here.

Finally, a year ago I taught a comprehensive 4-day training in resolving both the phobic core of PTSD and many of the other problems (grief, shame, guilt, hypervigilance, anxiety, rage, etc.) that often occur along with it, and made it available as a streaming video training called The PTSD Training.
Many treatments for PTSD lump all of these components together and try to apply a single treatment to resolve them all. This training demonstrates and teaches unique treatment approaches for each of these components.

It is now just over 30 years since the 1984 sessions above were recorded. Since then we and our colleagues have made many, many attempts to interest mainstream psychotherapy in this method. Despite all the publicity about Iraq vets with PTSD, we have had surprisingly little success. Currently accepted treatments for PTSD are slow, painful, and woefully inadequate.

If you know anyone at all who is involved in PTSD treatment at any level, please share this blog post with them. I have little hope that this method will become widely recognized and used before I leave the planet, but I’m going to keep trying!

John James Santangelo PhD

Author John James Santangelo PhD

John James Santangelo PhD - nationally acclaimed speaker, author, seminar leader, and business results coach, has been a guiding force in empowering individuals, businesses, and corporations to excel at peak performance. John is a foremost authority in success principles and expert in the field of communication; an NLP trainer and clinical hypnotherapist. He has worked with companies such as The Learning Annex, Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept., Mary Kay Inc, Multiple-Sclerosis Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Well-Point, Xerox, RE/MAX Realtors, the Teamsters Union, and the US Army counter-intelligence team. Whether you’re looking to fulfill short/long term goals, increase your sales performance, or hire John for your next event, John will help you achieve that success! Visit or call (818) 879-2000

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