There are many ways to treat trauma. Some ways may be quicker in their effectiveness. I have experienced (many times) instant results from problematic thoughts and emotions using Rapid Resolution Therapy – RRT, both personally and with clients.
RRT utilizes the mind’s ability to quickly shift focus, relieving the response patterning to what is not actually happening. Allowing for the deeper mind to rewire and GET THE GREAT NEWS! — that the threat is over.
Though EMDR and RRT are different modalities, with different ideas about how to neutralize the effects of trauma, they both have the same desired outcome:
To clear the reactions caused by memories of unresolved and problematic data of PTSD.
As a Mentor for RRT Practitioners and the host of “RRT Clinicians” – a private Facebook page, I’m all about helping Therapists and Healing Practitioners understand a little more about Rapid Resolution Therapy.
The most asked question I hear is, “How is RRT similar or different than EMDR?”
So I asked trained RRT therapists who have received or are experienced with BOTH models for some input that matches my own experience.
The following comparisons are meant to aid the discussion for Trauma-Informed therapists. My sincere respect for all EMDR and RRT and Somatic Therapists working with trauma, anxiety and PTSD.
- EMDR is great at resolving a single symptom related to a trauma quickly.
- RRT can resolve multiple symptoms and eliminate insomnia, nightmares and panic.
- EMDR can feel, for some, closer to exposure therapy and painful.
- RRT uses gentle hypnotic accelerators that make the process more effective, painless, and fun.
- EMDR is effective but also increases the chance of an abreaction – painful reliving of the event.
- RRT is more gentle and focused on keeping a person fully present without “re-experiencing” a traumatic event.
The Process of Memory Reconsolidation for Traumatic Events
Both RRT and EMDR produce the positive effect of neuroplasticity and the “Memory Reconsolidation” process to alleviate trauma and anxiety where it starts.
- EMDR usually requires more sessions than RRT.
- EMDR can feel like reliving the trauma whereas RRT only touches on the trauma to activate it.
- EMDR focuses on one event whereas RRT is more generalized and can work on events not even discussed.
- EMDR follows a set protocol, RRT is more fluid and flexible, allowing the counselor to adjust to the client’s need and experience.
- EMDR may desensitize whereas RRT clears the emotional aspects and the associated beliefs about SELF.
For deeper, unconscious mind, it’s all just data. RRT treats it as such.
Brains don’t learn by feeling pain.
No one would seek treatment from an ankle doctor who said,
“In order for you to fully heal, you need to think about how you broke your ankle, and feel the pain, really feel it again strongly, and then your ankle will begin to heal.”
BENEFITS for the RRT THERAPIST:
- Virtually no abreaction. Clients stay present-minded and resourced.
- Feels deeply calming, engaging and soul-confirming to the practitioner.
- You shut down the problem where it starts and therefore feel very effective.
- You create a playful realm and speak the language of the deeper mind (primal brain) using uplifting stories, metaphors, mindfulness and hypnotic suggestions for great outcomes.
- You feel invigorated and uplifted, and feel transformed along with your client.
- You are the guide, the entertainer, a cheerleader and a shaman equipped to reframe stuckness and suffering in playful and creative interactions.