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Time Line Therapy Techniques are an excellent form brief intervention, since they offer a fast and effective means for changing the chain of events leading to a certain set of unwanted behaviors or internal states, as well as subsequent similar experiences. Past Negative Emotions and Limiting Decisions are eliminated, so that it is possible to leave the client with only positive emotions and empowering decisions in her history.

Before the Session

1. Before you schedule the appointment, there are some questions you could ask:

For how long have you had this problem? 

  • What have you done about it? 
  • Do you ever feel positive/negative emotions?
  • Have you heard that you have an Unconscious Mind? 
  • Why do you want to let go of the problem?
  • We may give you some Tasking before we see you. You must do those tasks or we cannot see you. Do you understand? Is that OK?

You can mention that this is a complementary intervention. “That means that I am a legal Complementary Healthcare Provider, and not a licensed Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Master’s in Family and Child Counseling, or a Master’s in Social Work. The self-regulated holistic treatments and client-centered disciplines that I am trained in and in which I have experience doing include, consulting and coaching, Time Line Therapy™ techniques, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis.”

2. You may need to assign a task: 

Be sure to assign an ordeal:

    • when the client is not paying for it himself, 
    • when he has seen multiple therapists for the problem, 
    • when he feels the problem is significant (“My problem is different or bigger than anyone else’s.”),
    • when he has a sense of pride or identity in having the problem. 
    • When you assign the ordeal: get agreement that he will do it before you assign it.

Beginning the Session

1. Establish Rapport

2. Ask questions to determine the deep structure of the problem. The more you know about the client, the better your intervention can be. (As you ask these questions, note if answers suggest client is at cause or effect. MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY FOR THE PRESUPOSITIONS IN LANGUAGE – what is presupposed by the client’s speech)

  • What specifically do you want?
  • Where are you now? (in relation to what you want)
  • What will you see, hear, & feel, when you have it?
  • What are the consequences of getting what you want (I.E. for client, family, business, community, etc)
  • How will you know when you have it? 
  • What will this outcome get for you or allow you to do?
  • What changes do you need to do or what action do you need to take to make it happen? (necessary for determining tasking)
  • Is it only for you? (make sure the goal is for the client, not for others)
  • Where, when, how, and with whom do you want it? 
  • What do you have now, and what do you need to get your outcome? (note any negative emotions and limiting decisions) 
  • Have you ever had or done this before? Do you know anyone who has? 
  • How would you act if you have it now? Can you act as if you do? Why not? (note any negative emotions and limiting decisions)
  • For what purpose do you want this? (note again if ecological)
  • What will you gain or lose if you have it? (pay attention to client’s language – client should answer the question as it was asked. I.E. Client should not answer what will NOT happen, or what will happen if he does NOT get it at this question)
  • What will happen if you get it? What won’t happen if you get it?
  • What will happen if you don’t get it? What won’t happen if you don’t get it?
  • Can you do it now?  I.E. The problem (Elicit Present State, Strategy, Convincer)
  • How do you do it? 
  • When do you do it?
  • Use any other Meta Model question to uncover the deep structure of the presenting problem. 
  • Keep asking questions until you know HOW the client can possibly construct the problem he talks about with the events he has given you. Make sure you do not mind read or guess how the problem is being constructed, but REALLY UNDERSTAND it before you do any intervention. LISTEN CAREFULLY and NOTE EVERYTHING. 
  • Determine if the client willing to play at 100%: Ask what they are willing to do to be to have the problem disappear. Are they willing to do ANYTHING? 
  • Set up the Frames for the sessions. Discuss Cause and Effect, Perception is Projection. 3 Requisites for change, etc. Remind the client that there could be a Task afterward. Get their agreement for doing it.

The three requisites for change are:

  1. Getting rid of Negative Emotions, Limiting Decisions, Parts Integration, Values, Create the Future
  2. Taking Action (Includes Enforcing your Boundaries)
  3. Focusing on What You Want (Your Evaluations Become Suggestions to the Unconscious Mind). 


1. Start with Negative Emotions: Get rid of Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt, Guilt and any others that the client has mentioned during the History.

2. Do all limiting decisions mentioned by the client.

3. Do Parts Integration: Even if the issue of parts did not come up or even if there were no obvious conflicts, you should check on the possibility of parts. Note the client’s congruency (or incongruency)

4. Go through your notes. Make sure that you have handled everything the client mentioned during the History, etc. Check with client. Get agreement that you have handled everything.

5. Test if the Presenting Problem is gone.

6. Remind client of his evidence procedure, have him check: For example if the issue was a behavior, test and make sure that he cannot run it. 

7. Check Ecology and/or Conflicts: “Is there any reason why it would not be OK for this change to continue for the future?Do Parts Integrations to integrate all conflicts.

8. If necessary do Hypnosis/Pendulum Enlist the Unconscious Mind’s assistance in eliminating the problem

9. Do Hypnosis: If needed and if appropriate.

10. Future Pace: When the client goes out on the Time Line, the problem should be gone for 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, etc

11. Set Future Goals (CYF Process): Put goals in the future.

Completing the Session

1. Remind the Client: The three requisites for change.

  • Getting rid of Negative Emotions, Limiting Decisions, Parts Integration, Values, Create the Future
  • Taking Action (Includes Enforcing your Boundaries)
  • Focusing on What You Want (Your Evaluations Become Suggestions to the Unconscious Mind).

2. Assign any Tasks that are appropriate If you assign tasks, they should presuppose and put the client in charge of maintaining success, and should cause the client to take action, focus on what he wants, and play at 100%. They should be assigned as a requirement (remember the client has already agreed to do them), and should reinforce the changes made, I.E. self hypnosis, journaling, meditation, exercise, pendulum, etc. Assigned Tasks should, wherever possible, continue the relationship with the Unconscious Mind

3. Schedule any follow-up phone calls or sessions.


Follow-up, make sure the client communicated with you.

Action Items: