Time Line Therapy vs The Remmert Method — What’s the Difference?

Odille Remmert
5 min readJun 15, 2020

If Time Line Therapy hasn’t worked for you, this may be the reason.

While both methods of creating positive results in all areas of life achieve those changes by addressing negative experiences in the past, there are key differences.

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The fact that past experiences provide the automatic references for current experiences is common in both modalities. However, advances in neuroscience have changed some major aspects of Time Line Therapy®.

What Causes Unwanted Experiences?

Both Time Line Therapy and The Remmert Method recognize that, from birth, each new experience is filtered through the information from previous experiences — and that determines our emotional response to whatever the new experience is.

So, for example, in order to feel anger about something now, we need to have a previous subconscious reference for feeling angry in this type of experience — for the brain and body to know to produce those stress chemicals.

We cannot experience anything for which we don’t have a previous reference.

We may not be consciously aware of that reference — it may be subconscious — but it is the subconscious that determines which chemicals are produced. And those chemicals are what the conscious mind registers as emotions.

Put very simply: Stress chemicals cause negative emotions, and “feel-good” chemicals cause positive emotions.

Neither Time Line Therapy nor The Remmert Method requires spending time in negative memories. Both modalities are fast, and don’t even require conscious recollection of any details. This makes them both fast and noninvasive.

How to Change Those References

This is where the two modalities split.

In his excellent overview of Time Line Therapy, on YouTube, George Gillas shares the basics of how Time Line Therapy aims to change current issues by changing the references in the past.

Here are the main differences between Time Line Therapy, as I understand it from the research I’ve done — and The Remmert Method —

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Odille Remmert

Author of: "Change What Happened to You: How to Use Neuroscience to Get the Life You Want by Changing Your Negative Childhood Memories"