About Timeline Therapy®


Timeline Therapy® utilizes a shift in temporal perspective as the mechanism for releasing negative emotions and limiting beliefs thus enabling a genuine change in results.

Timeline Therapy® is a therapeutic approach that aims to help individuals resolve emotional issues and achieve personal growth by working with the concept of a “timeline.” It is based on the idea that our memories and experiences are organized in a linear manner within our minds.

The central premise of Timeline Therapy®  is that the timeline, which represents the way we store our memories, influences our emotions and behaviors in the present. By exploring and modifying the timeline, individuals can release negative emotions and limiting beliefs associated with past events and create a more empowering future.

Through Timeline Therapy® , individuals can reframe past experiences, release negative emotions such as anger, sadness, or fear, and let go of limiting beliefs that hold them back.

Timeline Therapy®  was developed by Tad James, an American author, trainer, and NLP pioneer. Tad James, along with his wife Adriana James, has made significant contributions to the field of NLP and personal development. He introduced the concept of Timeline Therapy®  as part of the overall NLP framework and popularized its use as a therapeutic technique. Tad James has written several books on NLP and related subjects, including “Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality” and “The Secret of Creating Your Future.”

When considering Timeline Therapy®  as a mechanistic model framework, we can examine its underlying principles and components:
  • Timeline Representation: The mechanistic aspect of Timeline Therapy® revolves around the concept of a mental timeline, which represents the organization of memories and experiences in a linear fashion within our minds. This timeline is seen as a mental construct that can be accessed and manipulated.
  • Cause-Effect Relationship: The framework operates on the belief that there is a cause-effect relationship between past experiences and present emotions or behaviors. It suggests that negative emotions and limiting beliefs associated with specific events from the past can influence an individual’s current well-being and functioning.
  • Accessing and Manipulating the Timeline: Timeline Therapy® focuses on facilitating access to the timeline and working with its contents. By accessing the timeline, individuals can explore specific memories and emotions linked to past events.
  • Reframing and Release of Negative Emotions: The mechanistic approach involves reframing or changing the meaning attached to past experiences. Negative emotions such as anger, sadness, or fear associated with those events are targeted for release.
  • Creating Empowering Future: Another key aspect of Timeline Therapy® is the focus on creating a more desirable future. By addressing and resolving negative emotions and limiting beliefs associated with the past, individuals can aim to create positive changes in their behavior, emotional states, and overall personal development. The framework encourages envisioning and manifesting a future that aligns with one’s goals and aspirations.
Timeline Therapy® is based on the idea of “Waves of Probability” and that by resolving past events, we can affect the probably of different future events taking place.


Overall, Timeline Therapy® as a mechanistic model framework views the mind as a system that can be influenced and transformed by working with the timeline and its associated memories and emotions. It aims to bring about change by altering the cause-effect relationship between past experiences and present outcomes, ultimately promoting personal growth and well-being.