Time Line Therapy®

I frequently get asked what Time Line Therapy® (TLT*) is all about. TLT says this; All our emotions are based in chemistry and all of our events are linked neurologically. The thinking and practice asks; Why spend time delving into the content of a past negative event or disempowering belief. Because it’s not the content of an event that matters. It’s the emotion that’s attached to the event that matters.

As an example; what would happen in your life today, if in all your past negative memories, there was no negative emotion – no sadness, or fear or guilt. Rather than the emotions, you instead had the insight of learning’s and understandings at some level, even if it was unconscious as to why those events took place and how those events took place.


The concept that emotion is based in chemistry is not new science – this finding goes back many years. We know that neuropeptides; are chemicals that are manufactured in your brain and pushed through your system and are the cause of emotions, whether they are positive or negative. The emotion that creates the feeling of anger, is the same today as it was when you were five. The neuropeptide is the same. Now back then you may have been mad at a variety of things – today it is exactly the same. What happens is we GENERALISE these emotions, so that we can make sense of them, but neurologically and/or chemically they are exactly the same.

Here’s a big picture of NLP/TLT and Hypnotherapy; That everything you’ve ever learned has been programmed and recorded in your mind. You have all the resources available to solve any problem that comes up. You simply sometimes don’t know how to get there, OR things get in the way, OR you haven’t got the right tools yet.

Conscious – Unconscious;

To the degree that your conscious, logical, rational mind can start to listen to your unconscious emotional mind – to this degree, that those two-parts start communicating easily and effectively – to that degree you start healing. So, the process of TLT is about as beneficial for you as what it does for you in letting go of all these negative emotions.

We get really good at doing our problem. Your mind is looking for meaning and it goes back over your entire data base of all your experiences and tries to put it into context. Context of a similar meaning. An example would be; if you felt anger or fear today, it will find a similar meaning from the past. By doing the negative emotion and resulting action – you will add one more neurological link to the chain, and the reference for the next time becomes easier.


Let’s put this all into context and work with the five primary emotions of anger, sadness, fear, guilt and hurt. If we can get the lessons from the five key players, and understand them, then life can move along a little easier. Let’s use anger as an example; Can you remember a time in your past when you were angry? You will probably-find easy references – now please don’t go into any of the memories – just locate it and look at it. If you did go in and think about it long enough, you would have to agree that without much effort you would be able to conjure up the feeling of anger. When you hold a thought long enough for the neurological network to fire up and connect, the images will form in your mind, and the emotion that is appropriate to that event is secreted. You will invariably get to feel the feeling. It is therefore easy to identify then that THOUGHTS create the IMAGE which in turn create the EMOTIONS.

So, to explain the above further and TLT’s relevance and important concepts is that, way back in the past there has to be a first time when you felt this emotion. A first time you ever felt anger or any of the five key player emotions. For every first there had to be a time before that, when you did not feel that emotion – when it did not exist.

Let me explain; you remember the first you rode a car – now you should be able to remember a time before that, say when you rode a bicycle, or when you took your first breath, or uttered your first word. All of these have been recorded perfectly, and impeccably by your unconscious mind. The research to this goes back to the mid 1950’s – this is hard science.

Further to this; What would happen instead of digging into the context of an event, so that we get so much understanding of it, in its isolated form…so that we have closure? Instead of this; what if we treated all memories on the time line relating to a specific emotion as a chain of events, that are the problem, and say that it’s not the event or situation but rather the emotion linked to that situation – that’s a problem.

So TLT says rather than getting into the context. Let’s, rather look at the emotion, as this personifies the event. Imagine if you can go back to an event where there was anger and then find no anger – how would that effect your behavior, or how would that effect the way you respond to events in the future. This would be a dramatic change.


TLT is performed in not a hypnotic state, but a little bit of a trance state. The idea is that sometimes things will come up during the course of the session that don’t make conscious, rational sense – these are the perfect ideas, and answers because that’s when your unconscious is coming up – just like when your intuition has come up to you on occasions when you follow your gut feel. These things tend to work out well as opposed to when you ignore your gut feel and you get undesirable outcomes.

Another component about TLT; How long does it take to get rid of an emotion in an event? Do you really have to understand it? Or have a deep analysis of why you feel it? Or what does fear, or any of the other emotion mean to you? The answer is no. Most people don’t even get an understanding consciously of what has happened – they just know that they feel better and start responding differently to how they deal with events/situations without thinking about it.

TLT is automatic, it is systemic, as it happens by itself. Often you won’t realize that you’ve responded differently until after the event has taken place. Let’s look at a scenario; have you ever been in a discussion which turned into an argument and you walked away? Maybe an hour later, or a day later, you have this memory/event come back up and you start thinking about it, and you think…oh, that’s why he said this, or that’s why she did this – you get realization – this ahha moment is an insight into the other person, and suddenly the entire content of the argument changes, and the emotion that’s attached to that event goes away. Thus, letting go of an emotion can happen in an instant.

Which is another interesting question; why should it take a week or years of talking about it, to let it go? If you can attach it in an instant, can’t we un-attach it in an instant? What the mind can do in one way, the mind can do in the other way. The idea is to let go of the negative emotion – it’s not the event/situation that matters.

People generally leave, the TLT session with no conscious, logical, or rational understanding of what took place. All the learning is happening with the emotions on an unconscious level. You are unable to apply logic to an emotion as you are dealing with the unconscious.

One last point about TLT; It’s fast, it’s generative – and because it’s so good from an ecological point of view, it is healthy for your mind. Once your brain understands how to do this it starts to do it on a regular basis – automatically. You don’t need someone to come in every week for the rest of your life to go through this. Besides the 5 key emotions…this process can be used for limiting beliefs and decisions.


A few caveats with regards to TLT;

  • Do not try and perform a time line therapy on yourself. This must only be done by a certified practitioner. Doing this yourself can have dire consequences on your personality and how you respond to situations in your life.
  • The explanation above is a very brief summary about TLT and how it can benefit your life. The implementation requires specific language patterns once a detailed personal history and orientation is completed.
  • Besides the explanation, it’s important to identify your time line, and determine if you work “through time” or “in time”. This lays the foundation for the therapy to take place. I do not cover this section over here as it requires a one on one session, which could take some time to establish.

I hope you’ve found this informative. Please be in touch with me if you would like to pursue a TLT session with me. My email is I look forward to hearing from you.

As always,

Warm regards,