Hi Helen. I have cPTSD and have been in therapy for 24 years. Only at year 22 did I realize I have total multi sensory aphantasia (extending to dreams and emotions) and SDAM that has been impeding my progress. So it suddenly made sense why EMDR, SomaticExperiencing, IFS, hypnotherapy, and psychedelic assisted therapy hasn’t helped (ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA, multiple times each.) I have not tried Rapid Eye, Brainspotting, nor Rewind therapy, as they all require sensory memory recall and imagination, none of which I have. I joined some support groups on FB, and went deep into the subReddits to learn if I was alone, but sadly I am not. There are aphants experimenting with everything imaginable (no pun intended), but so far nothing has returned their senses or their memories to be able to resolve them, transmute them, or integrate them.
Rewind therapy specifically is all about imagination. Imagine your safe space, imagine you are watching a movie of the traumatic event, imagine you are floating outside of the event, watch the movie play out, watch it backwards, watch it go forwards again at double speed, rewind it and watch it backwards again, and over and over. It’s a type of exposure therapy through imagination. It relies completely on sensory information. Primarily visualization, but also the other senses, including kinesthetic. If you are interested in it, I’d speak to the therapist about aphantasia, see if they even know what it is, and once they have a handle on it, find out how they could adapt it.
However, based on my experience with other modalities specifically designed to heal trauma, I have not been able to find one that works on language alone, since trauma hides in the body and needs to be healed somatically. Since I have no first person memories of my life, nor can I recall things using senses, I only have factual language, which means I can’t voluntarily time travel to a specific event nor put myself in a specific emotional state. Not voluntarily that is. Of course involuntarily, I get taken over by emotional flashbacks. But I have no clues/cues as to where I am, what is happening, what memory I’m in, how old I am, etc.
Do you have any other senses that function for you through memory or imagination? If so, some of these therapies like IFS and perhaps even EMDR (through feeling/emotion) could be adapted. I think you might only need 1 working sense to be able to adapt some of these senses. Sound, smell, touch, body through space… could all work. And if I find a modality that I can actually access, this entire network will be the first to know!