According to John Hopkins Medicine, around 26% of American adults have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Yet, many of them may choose not to seek treatment because it’s difficult to find a therapist and it’s costly. This was the case until Dr. Jon Connelly developed Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT).
Through the power of multi-level communication, addiction treatment centers can cure drug dependency through the RRT form of trauma resolution therapy. While RRT is new, it’s extremely cutting-edge and has a promising success rate. Healing with RRT can happen quickly with the right therapist and facility.
What Is Rapid Resolution Therapy?
Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is a newer form of therapy that uses a combination of hypnosis, powerful imagery, carefully-selected spoken word, and auditory techniques. This form of psychotherapy uses methodical communication from the moment a therapist begins speaking to a patient. In doing so, rapid resolution therapy facilitates the healing process. Maladaptive behaviors and thoughts related to trauma particularly clear up as a result of RRT.
Key points of RRT:
- Fear and anger are perceived
- A reaction is different than the event that caused it
- It’s the therapist’s job to relieve the patient of the trauma
- Patients shouldn’t have to relive trauma during therapy
- Spoken word alone can heal a patient
Rapid Resolution Therapy Analogies
When performing rapid resolution therapy, an RRT therapist may use an analogy to engage with and treat a patient. For example, an RRT therapist may make a patient think about being in the Serengeti of Africa. While making the patient visualize being in the Serengeti of Africa, the RRT therapist might then start speaking about lions and zebras. When speaking about lions and zebras, the RRT therapist will emphasize that when the zebra sees the lion, the zebra is fearful and perceives the threat of the lion. Yet, when the zebra is safely out of the lion’s sight, the zebra is not afraid anymore.
So, is the zebra still afraid of the lion when there is no danger in the unforeseeable future? The answer is no. It would be a problem if the zebra still felt terror even when not being in the presence of a lion.
Once the RRT therapist finishes describing this analogy/story to the patient, the therapist will ask the patient to think of themselves as the zebra in this situation. By using the analogy of the patient as a zebra and the patient’s trauma as the lion, the RRT therapist will highlight to the patient how, like the zebra, the patient shouldn’t allow things that serve no real or current threat in his or her life at the moment to make him or her feel anxious, angry, or afraid.
What Is The Origin of Rapid Resolution Therapy?
The history of rapid resolution therapy began with Dr. John Connelly. Connelly desired to end the suffering from trauma because of sexual violence. In his attempt to do so, Connelly created a non-profit group called the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence. In further trying to find ways to help victims of sexual trauma, Connelly created rapid resolution therapy (RRT). Connelly then tried out rapid resolution therapy on multiple patients.
Connelly also documented the success of RRT in his book, Life Changing Conversations: A Single Conversation Can Be A Life-Changing Event. This book details dialogues of around 20 patients with Dr. John Connelly. In his book, Connelly shows readers how every sentence that leaves his mouth is crafted for instant healing.
Rapid Resolution Therapy Versus Popular Therapies
While rapid resolution therapy is a form of psychotherapy, it’s vastly different from other psychotherapies. This may partly be because of how new rapid resolution therapy is. Just because RRT is a newer form of therapy though, doesn’t mean that it’s less effective than the older forms of therapy.
Two more well-known and popular modes of trauma resolution therapy are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Each of these forms of trauma resolution therapy makes patients face their trauma head-on. Beware when using these more direct forms of trauma resolution therapy though, as they can hurt someone who suffers from trauma more than it helps.
Trauma, itself, is the mental and sometimes physical reaction to a distressing event. Memories of a traumatic event can be so painful that the body and mind shut down. Stress from trauma is also often so intense that it causes severe physical problems. Examples of these physical problems include seizures or breathing issues.
Events That Can Cause Trauma
Trauma can develop in a person for a number of reasons. The following are examples of events that could cause severe trauma:
- Death of a loved one
- A natural disaster
- Going to war
- Living in a war-torn area
- Child abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Substance abuse
Some direct forms of trauma resolution therapy, like CBT and DBT, make patients relieve these painful experiences. They do this by asking patients to recount the traumatic events that they’ve gone through. Sometimes, CBT or DBT therapists will even have patients recount past traumatic experiences multiple times.
When a patient struggles to recount a past trauma in therapy, that patient is often labeled resistant. Receiving such a label does nothing but discourage the patient from receiving therapy for trauma again.
RRT is much different than this. Firstly, a good RRT therapist will only ask for enough details about a patient’s past trauma to understand what he or she needs to do to help the patient. Thus, RRT therapists usually don’t go through the details of a patient’s past trauma.
Another reason why some forms of trauma resolution therapy like CBT and DBT aren’t the best forms of therapy to use when treating patients that have gone through intense trauma is that they put the focus on the patient’s ability to heal themselves through discipline and time.
RRT differs in the way that it treats trauma in this aspect as well. This is evident in the fact that RRT takes the pressure to heal trauma off of the patient. Instead, RRT puts the responsibiltiy of healing a patient’s past trauma on the therapist.
Who Should Consider Rapid Resolution Therapy?
To be clear, anyone who suffers from trauma can benefit from any kind of trauma resolution therapy. This is especially true for those who have already tried different forms of therapy to no avail. Trauma therapy can also be beneficial to those who are on a budget. When using the trauma resolution therapy known as RRT, patients only need one to three therapy sessions on average to heal themselves of past trauma.
RRT is particularly a great form a trauma resolution therapy because it is fluid. In other words, an RRT therapist can tweak the imagery and allusions that he or she uses to better resonate with a patient. More popular forms of therapy like CBT and DBT are rigid in comparison.
RRT is also a better form of therapy to use when treating trauma because it is highly effective when treating just about any mental illness or type of trauma. CBT and DBT on the other hand, are primarily effective when treating only certain types of mental illnesses and trauma.
The fact that RRT is a form of trauma resolution therapy that is new in the timeline of psychoanalysis only makes it more appealing to use when treating severe trauma. That’s because the list of people who can benefit from it is constantly growing.
Mental Health Conditions and Traumas That Would Benefit from Rapid Resolution Therapy
As we mentioned earlier, rapid resolution therapy can help treat a wide variety of conditions. Below are just some mental health conditions and traumas that could benefit from rapid resolution therapy:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Eating disorders
- Trauma from infidelity
- Victims of rape
- Chronic pain
- Serious medical conditions
- Victims of abuse
- Repressed trauma
The list grows longer as research develops. Some skeptcis say that the lack of research behind RRT makes it not a viable form of therapy even though aspects of it come from tried and true methods.
How Much Does Rapid Resolution Therapy Typically Cost?
Rapid resolution therapy is affordable in comparison to other therapies. An RRT session without insurance costs, on average $125. This is for a one hour session. Other RRT therapy session prices may vary depending upon the medical professional, though.
Ultimately though, patients will likely have to spend very little to experience the full benefits of trauma resolution therapy. In fact, three RRT sessions is still much less expensive than a lifetime of therapy. Or a dozen at that.
According to the US Census from 2019, 8% of the US population didn’t have health insurance. While this number may seem low, in reality, it’s 26.1 million people. What’s more alarming is the fact that 17% of Americans that suffer from a mental illness are uninsured. This means that millions of people that don’t have insurance to help pay for treatment desperately need psychotherapy to cope with insufferable trauma.
RRT is inexpensive enough. Thus, many people without insurance can pay for RRT treatment and receive the dental care that they need.
Rapid Resolution Therapy Success Stories
Dr. Jon Connelly has had the pleasure of working with many patients from different backgrounds. The speedy healing process of these patients proves the power of RRT.
Through Dr. Connelly’s success, people who have had trauma for decades feel relief after a single RRT therapy session. The following stories show the life-changing power of a single conversation.
Kristen Used Trauma Resolution Therapy To Heal Grief
When Kristen was younger she led a normal life. She was studious, beautiful, and bright. However, when her older sister passed away in a drunk driving accident, it threw her into an extreme bout of grief. Her trauma became so bad that she had multiple seizures and blackouts daily.
In an effort to stop the physical symptoms of grief, Kiersten was accepted to the Mayo Clinic. There, they diagnosed her with a slew of disorders and told her she only had a 20% chance of recovery.
After receiving such poor news, Kiersten’s father found Dr. Jon Connelly and set up a therapy session with Dr. Conelly and Kiersten. In this one RRT therapy session, Kristen recovered almost completely. She even went on to host a TEDx talk on her experience with RRT.
Sarah Found Solace From Child Molestation Through Trauma Resolution Therapy
Sarah was a young girl when her step-father started molesting her. The sexual abuse went on for quite some time before it was put to an end. Yet, even when it was put to an end, Sarah harbored deep trauma from the experience. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Jon Connelly that she could move on from the hurt.
Sarah states on Dr. Connelly’s YouTube channel that she recovered completely after one RRT session. Due to this recovery, Sarah didn’t need the help of any medication. Thus, while many people who suffer from trauma need cocktails of antidepressants and anxiety medications to feel relief, Sarah was able to heal through the power of words instead.
Florida Center For Recovery Offers Rapid Resolution Therapy in Fort Pierce
It’s a myth that everyone needs expensive therapy and medication to heal from trauma. In reality, the opposite is true. Rapid resolution therapy can heal a lifetime of trauma through a single session.
Florida Center for Recovery offers rapid resolution therapy in Fort Pierce, FL to help victims of drug dependency. As a bonus, creator of RRT, Dr. Jon Connelly, personally hosts therapy at our treatment center. Thus, if you or a loved one wants to heal the trauma of addiction with the best person to conduct RRT, contact us now.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.