NLP Fast Phobia Cure and Trauma Relief Pattern Tips – One

Phobia Cure
This is the first installment of a series of notes on the NLP Fast Phobia Cure and Trauma Relief Pattern. This article assumes the reader already has learned the Fast Phobia Cure as part of their NLP Practitioner Training.


I am not entirely sure how many I have done, hundreds at this point. Though a seemingly simple technique, it actually requires ALL of the NLP Practitioner training skills to come together. And it is one of the few NLP techniques where it is really important to stick to process.


Most important:
1. Rapport!
2. Managing your own internal state.
3. Meta-model, to figure out what specifically is the problem.
4. 4-tupling and the Milton-model to create the experience
5. Perceptual positions – 3rd position / 3 place dissociation (larger dissociation, less magnitude.)
6. Submodalities (black and white, color)
7. Fast phobia cure pattern itself


There are literally 100s of notes I could give on this, and ideas how to cook with NLP. I will just give a few in a series of articles on this blog.


Turning three place dissociation in four or more place dissociation
An important part of the NLP Fast Phobia Cure is dissociating the client completely from the negative emotional experience. Some clients don’t dissociate until more than even more than free place dissociation takes place. Examples: putting in extra or thicker plexi-glass walls, see through Teflon shields, a bubble inside the projection booth, etc.


When dissociation isn’t happening?
Running the fast phobia off a timeline that is preferably physically built (not just as a sit down unconscious process. Especially when someone is highly kinesthetic.) This is really a Master Practitioner level tool though.


Put the client in the physiology of dissociation: lean back, chin raised, looking up, need be put their hands behind their head.

NLP Fast Phobia Cure and Trauma Relief Pattern Tips – Part Two.


  1. The idea of putting up an imaginary barrier between the subject and the trauma representation is effective because that is the way the mind works. The first time I heard this technique is in a class about Jungian dream analysis. Suppose the subject has a scary dream image that is chasing him or her. The analyst asks the subject to place the scary image behind a barrier and (embedded command) “feel how the plexiglass feels” as you touch it and (embedded command) “feel safe” and then use a “active imagination” to dialogue with this part of him or herself.

  2. Correct.

    Can you imagine that if you don’t just have a one place dissociated, but are able to create a three place dissociation? That’s when you create magic, and fixing phobia’s responsibly.

    What I like to do is not just focus on the kinesthetics, but 4-tuple the experience. Next to feeling build an experience, embedded or not, by also describing visual, auditory, olfactory or even gustatory descriptions. This makes activating the imagination much easier, especially for someone who is not kinesthetic who may not respond as well to “feel” descriptions only.

  3. Reading the new Bandler book…he says the main part is to make the image of the phobia small and dissociated. He says that all the people he worked w/ that had phobias had one thing in common: they replayed the shitty experience life-size.