Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) is a type of treatment for healing from trauma. Developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, RRT is designed to help individuals permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma with a fast and relatively painless approach. The process – which often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions – helps individuals get their lives back on track practically effortlessly.
RRT combines hypnosis, guided imagery, stories, and multilevel communication to eliminate the challenging effects of trauma. By quickly getting to the root of the problem, negative and troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are quickly replaced with ones that are healthy and positive.
This treatment approach is beneficial for all types of trauma – whether it was a single incident or something that occurred repeatedly (e.g. ongoing sexual abuse). The trauma doesn’t have to be “huge” in order for RRT to help.
What to Expect
Rapid Resolution Therapy® is a short-term treatment. Most individuals require between 1 and 3 sessions for lasting results. The first sessions will typically last up to two hours. Subsequent sessions are usually shorter, lasting 50 minutes to an hour.
Important components of RRT
There are several key elements of RRT that help to make it beneficial for clients who are striving to recover from trauma or dealing with other challenging issues. They include:
Picturing the desired outcome at the beginning – In RRT, your therapist will instruct you to imagine how you want to change as a result of treatment. For example, if things were better, how would you be feeling? How would you think about things differently than you do now? How would you react to situations in your life differently?
Hypnotic techniques and strategies will be implemented to help you clearly create this picture in your mind. You’ll not only be able to see how you want things to be, but also feel it deep within.
Staying emotionally connected to the present moment – Many people struggle with worrying or thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. In RRT, one of the important elements is to help you feel safe enough to stay right in the present moment. Once that occurs, your therapist will help you identify the negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that have been keeping you stuck. This will enable you to resolve and release them so they no longer cause distress.
Your therapist will work with you to reprocess or reorganize the traumatic event without having to essentially relive it all over again. As you stay in the present emotionally, you can describe specific aspects of the event from a detached perspective. This allows you to feel safe, rather than re-traumatized all over again by the therapy itself (which is not uncommon in other types of trauma recovery work). Staying present plays an important role in allowing you to finally break from the impact of the trauma.
Changing perspective with stories, symbolic imagery, and metaphors – Your therapist will use stories and metaphors to help you look at yourself, the world, and the things you’ve experienced from a healthier and more affirming perspective. An example of a metaphor that symbolizes trauma recovery is that of a butterfly finally emerging from its chrysalis. Once released from the trappings of the cocoon (which is symbolic of the negative impact and “stuck” feeling following a trauma), they fly away, finally free at last. As you see yourself within these metaphors and stories, you are able to look at yourself in a more positive and self-affirming manner – resilient, strong, and free.
Shifting to positive emotions with humor and playfulness – The use of humor and playfulness in RRT serves several purposes. For starters, it helps you lower your defenses so you’re more open to the process. It also helps reduce negative emotions typically related to trauma, such as anger, shame, and fear, that you likely felt at the beginning of treatment. This element of RRT will help you shift your initial emotional state from intense negative feelings to more positive ones. For example, if you’d been struggling with a profound sense of sadness, playfulness and humor can help shift it to happiness and joy.
This aspect of treatment is especially refreshing for clients who have tried other types of therapy to deal with the impact of trauma. It’s not uncommon to leave those sessions feeling emotionally drained – not to mention keenly aware of your internal pain – as you work through the deeply painful aspects of trauma. That’s not to say other treatment approaches aren’t beneficial or effective – many of them are – but few clients would ever perceive them as enjoyable and even fun, which is not uncommon with RRT.
Benefits of RRT
Following is a list of many of the potential benefits of Rapid Resolution Therapy®:
Interested in RRT treatment? Contact Florida Center for Recovery at our toll-free number 800-851-3291