Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rapid Resolution Therapy: Healing the invisible emotional wounds.

RRT is a state of the art and cutting edge psychotherapeutic approach that has applications in all sorts of areas and two places it has the most amazing results is with complicated grief and trauma.

One of the most powerful tools you learn in Rapid Resolution Therapy is how to heal the invisible emotional wounds, the kind that typically don't get better with traditional talk therapy.  

What most therapists learn in graduate school is that when going through painful, horrific, traumatic experiences people are unable to express how it made them feel. Instead, they repressed the feelings, buried them, locked them behind a closed door and it is the therapists job to provide a safe and nurturing, warm and supportive environment for the person to emote, re-experience the past pain to release it.  It is a difficult and painful process for both the client and therapist (compassion fatigue).

Rapid Resolution Therapy provides an alternative view on Trauma.  When going through painful events, the experience slams into the person's consciousness and leaves it's impression (think of hand slamming into the sand).   What happens is that the deeper part of the mind, not the intellect, will confuse the impression left thinking it is the experience itself.

As a result, the primitive, deeper part of the mind is in a hyper state of awareness and will confuse thoughts about the experience thinking it is the experience. In addition it will confuse smells, images, voice tone, sounds, time of day and time of year with the painful experience causing the same physiological and emotional reaction as if the experience were happening.

The real problem with trauma is the deeper part of the mind has never gotten the good news that the bad experience is finished.  Instead of trying to get the feelings out, what one does with RRT is to update the primitive part of the mind.  To do this requires some skill but is easy and fun to learn.  The therapist job is to keep the client emotionally present as they recall the past troubling event. Once that happens, the person is no longer troubled by the painful experience.  The primitive part of the mind realizes the event is completed and finished. The triggers have been eliminated and the person is free.  This is a fast and painless process for the client and often times can be completed in a single office visit.

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