(See Steve Lankton’s Practical Magic for full details of the first 3)
Collapsing anchors (for connecting fresh resources)
- Retrieve the unwanted experience / memory, with full visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and language associations (VAKL). Anchor it to a physical stimulus, e.g. a touch on one hand.
- Retrieve necessary resources from another context, with equally vivid VAKL. Anchor them to a different stimulus.
- Return to ‘problem state’. ‘Fire’ both anchors, and hold them. Invite patient to allow problem state to unfold “to a new and good conclusion”. Watch for signs of activity followed by rest, e.g. breathing patterns, rapid eye movements, ideomotor cues.
- ‘Future pace’ – imagine in detail how the future will be now that the problem has been overcome.
Dissociation paradigm (for disturbing experiences)
- Retrieve experience of security in the here and now, with full VAKL, and anchor it.
- Keep the security constant, and “see and hear” only that disturbing experience “over there”.
- Tell the patient “Let a part of yourself float over there, and just watch and learn”.
- Re-run the experience you wish to dissociate, while activating the ‘security’ anchor. Allow time.
- Re-integrate first the ‘security’ part, then the ‘ over there observer’.
- ‘Future pace’ (mental rehearsal of the problem-free future), while holding ‘security’ anchor.
- Retrieve the fearful experience, and anchor it.
- Hold the anchor, and search chronologically back through memories of the problem, from current to earliest.
- Retrieve memories / images of resources needed for change, inventing them if necessary. Anchor the resources.
- Return chronologically back through the history, from earliest to most recent, keeping the ‘resources’ anchor constant. Allow time.
- Future pace, and test.
- Visualise a black-and-white image of the lost person.
- Turn up an imaginary ‘colour control’, until the image is in full colour. Indicate when complete.
- Transform the ‘still’ photograph into a moving video or film, in which the lost person is in full colour and active. Allow time, and indicate when complete.
- When patient is comfortable with the moving coloured imagery, retrieve peace and calm. Anchor it.
- Future pace, inviting patient to activate the ‘peace’ anchor to introduce comfort if necessary.