The method and its creator

An innovative and original brief therapy

for the permanent resolution of emotional and psychological problems


A unique and highly effective therapy, Relearning Experience Process permanently resolves the therapeutic problem. It achieves this through identifying the problem's origins in the person’s biography and, through a process of relearning the original experience, resolves the therapeutic problem, transforming the feelings and behaviour associated with it.

Although the original experience creating the problem behaviour is ordinarily unknown and unconscious, it can be discovered by a simple process called ‘tracking back’. This process identifies the origin of almost any psychological problem within minutes. Once the experience has been identified, the therapeutic problem is resolved through a ‘relearning’ of that experience. The relearning provides an alternative reference so that the body can unlearn the original, pathological response.

This process means that, uniquely, for most problems and for most people, goals can be achieved in just a few sessions, even when a problem has lasted for years or decades. The therapy does not treat the symptom, as many other therapies do, but identifies and resolves the origins of the problem, transforming the feelings that underlie the problem behaviour, and bringing back choice.

REP successfully treats virtually any therapeutic problem, whether apparently superficial (such as hayfever, phobias, lack of assertiveness, sporting blocks) or those considered severe or serious (such as compulsive thoughts or OCD, childhood abuse, addiction, eating issues ('disorders'), acute and chronic social anxiety), and can be used in conjunction with other modalities. Jonathan Livingstone uses EMTR (his streamlined version of EMDR), kinesiology (using muscle testing), NLP, TAT and, occasionally, hypnosis in his practice.

Clients of any race, background, gender, sexual orientation, religion or culture are most welcome. Jonathan has worked successfully with individuals and couples from all walks of life, including elite athletes, diplomats, titled persons, college principals, medical doctors, therapists, and people who have tried many other forms of therapy and coaching without success.

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Jonathan Livingstone

Jonathan Livingstone MSc MA PGCE is an innovator in the philosophy and methodology of clinical practice in psychotherapy and is the creator of Relearning Experience Process (REP).


In 1998 he opened practices in Brondesbury Villas NW6, and at Farmacia in Covent Garden. His practice is now at Elysia Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, where he works with individuals and couples nationally and internationally online and via telephone, and trains therapists in REP, EMTR and Touch for Health.


Born in Kenya, Jonathan spent much of his childhood in the Caribbean. His interest in alternative treatments was present from the age of 11, when he first started hypnotizing people.


Although initially training as a counsellor, he trained as a teacher and taught English and Philosophy at a college for seven years. Leaving teaching to train in hypnotherapy, EMDR, NLP and kinesiology, he opened his therapy practice in 1998. In 2002-3 he served as an elected director of the Kinesiology Federation, and later wrote The Therapist Within You, a self-help book based on kinesiology. His very brief, solution-focused method, Relearning Experience Process (REP), which identifies and resolves the origins of therapeutic problems, is the culmination of almost twenty years of practice, research and reflection, including seven years spent writing the book explaining the method and theory, titled Relearning Experience to Resolve Emotional Problems: a New Theory and Practice.


He has worked abroad, including in a rehab in South Africa and with disadvantaged young people from the townships of Western Cape (2012-15), and with survivors of the Asian tsunami in Tamil Nadu (2004-5). He has a particular interest in diversity issues.


Jonathan is married and has two grown up sons (whom he brought up as a sole parent) and two growing daughters.


He is author of Relearning Experience (2019) and The Therapist Within You (2009).






Jonathan Livingstone remotely receiving a CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Global award for Creativity, Change and Innovation in November 2020