Rapid Resolution Therapy: How it Helps Trauma Survivors

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Rapid resolution therapy (RRT) is a form of psychotherapy designed to help individuals overcome the ongoing effects associated with traumatic experiences. RRT uses guided imagery, hypnosis, stories and other types of communication to resolve troubling thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Compassion Behavioral Health offers rapid resolution therapy to treat trauma, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health disorders in our clients.

If you are interested in learning more about this therapy and how it can help you or a loved one process traumatic experiences, contact Compassion Behavioral Health today. In the meantime, here’s more information about this innovative approach to healing past trauma.

A New Approach to Treating Traumatic Experiences

Traumatic events have long-lasting effects on survivors. Life after a traumatic event is different, as survivors see things through an entirely different lens. And there is no way to expedite the healing process. It takes time to heal from trauma and everyone moves at their own pace.

However, when trauma isn’t processed, it can turn into post-traumatic stress disorder, a longer term condition that involves recurring flashbacks and re-experiences. These flashbacks can feel so real, the person experiences strong physical and emotional reactions. To avoid feeling this way, individuals go to great lengths to avoid contact with potential triggers, causing a great level of distress in their lives.

There are a number of treatments available to help people with PTSD, including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). While these therapies can be effective, they also force the person to relive their traumatic experiences. Rapid resolution therapy is different.

What is Rapid Resolution Therapy? How Does it Work?

Rapid resolution therapy is a newer form of therapy developed by Dr. Jon Connolly with the goal of helping trauma survivors identify their trauma and the root cause of their feelings and symptoms. It was originally designed for combat veterans and women who suffered sexual abuse, but it has been shown to be effective at treating other types of problematic behavior like anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

When something traumatic happens, we go over it again and again in our minds. The neural messages keep going down the same pathway with the same emotional response. This is why we experience the same feelings and emotions as if they were happening all over again.

With RRT, you and the therapist use storytelling, guided imagery and creativity to build a new neural pathway that does not include the emotional reaction that used to accompany the traumatic thought. In a sense, you’re hitting the “reset” button on the brain. As a result, the emotional pain and reactions are no longer present and you’re no longer triggered by similar thoughts, smells or seansations.

While this may sound difficult, it’s really very simple. This “update” to your brain benefits the mind and allows you to experience peace, calm and healing. Additionally, RRT is a brief therapy that usually only takes two to six sessions to complete.

What are the Benefits to RRT?

Although rapid resolution therapy is a newer therapy, it shows promising results. This is why Compassion Behavioral Health is pleased to offer this psychotherapy for clients working through past trauma. The benefits to expect are:

  • Safe, effective therapy that does not require clients to relive past trauma or talk about it in detail
  • Fast results, with improvements seen in six sessions or less
  • Effective at treating a wide range of problematic behaviors
  • Positive shifts seen almost immediately

To learn more about rapid resolution therapy, contact Compassion Behavioral Health today. One of our therapists, Dara Kobrin, is a Certified RRT specialist and can help you or a loved one work through past trauma in a healthy manner.