When someone experiences a traumatic event, be it physical, mental, or emotional, it can take weeks, months, or even years for negative symptoms to manifest. Often people ignore the signs of trauma-related mental health issues, or they don’t realize that anything is amiss. Many people avoid getting the treatment that they need to overcome their trauma because they don’t want to have to relive it every time they talk to their therapist.
For people suffering from the effects of unprocessed trauma who are hesitant to discuss their experiences, RRT can help. Let us help you to learn more about rapid resolution therapy, and how it can help you work through your trauma in a way that can be more comfortable for you than other methods.
What is Rapid Resolution Therapy?
Rapid resolution therapy is a relatively new form of therapy that was specifically designed to help people to process and overcome trauma. While it was originally intended to be utilized for clients with combat experience or sexual trauma, it has been found to also help those with other types of trauma, including childhood abuse, and those with panic disorders.
Unlike traditional talk therapy, which requires clients to openly discuss their trauma, RRT instead utilizes symbolic imagery and metaphors to promote mental healing. The reason why trauma impacts a person’s daily life is our mind’s habit of reliving the event. This creates a pathway within your brain that signals a negative emotional response. An RRT therapist instead has you participate in activities like storytelling, imagery, and other visual and auditory tactics to break that pathway and instead replace it with more positive associations. Many people think of this process as hitting the “reset” button on your brain’s tendency to keep reminding you of your trauma, or the thoughts and feelings associated with it.
How Do You Know if Trauma is Still Affecting You?
The only underlying thing that ties all types of trauma and PTSD together is how it can continue to affect you years and even decades after it occurred. This is especially true if it happened during your formative years, or if you experienced trauma on multiple different occasions. It can be difficult for people to realize that their trauma is still affecting them. Some of the most common signs of unresolved trauma include:
- Problems sleeping
- Chronic pain not associated with an injury
- Difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight
- Feeling like you always need to be on alert for danger or “threats”
- Intense fears of rejection
- Chronic depression or mood swings
- Difficulty maintaining a friendship or intimate relationships
- Constant feelings of anxiety
- Intense discomfort in a group or a social settings
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Fear of never being “good enough” to achieve your goals
How RRT Can Help with Trauma?
Trauma has a profound impact on more than just your peace of mind. It can cause additional mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and more. Trauma essentially requires your brain to have an intense response to situations that resemble your trauma, as a way to try and self-protect. These responses, however, only cause additional mental distress over time. It can be nearly impossible to try and unlearn these behaviors on your own, or even with other forms of therapy. Rapid resolution therapy is different because it avoids triggering these responses during your treatment sessions, helping you to remain calm so that you can focus on the treatment. Many people find that they begin to see signs of improvement within just a few sessions.
What are the Benefits of RRT?
Though rapid resolution therapy may be relatively new, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been researched and vetted. Many studies have shown RRT to be a valuable asset in helping people process and overcome their trauma. That is why Emerge Healing Center offers this therapy for our clients with PTSD and other trauma-related mental health conditions. RRT has many benefits, the most valuable including:
- It is a safe and effective way to help clients overcome trauma without having to relieve it or discuss it in detail.
- Results can be seen in as little as three to six sessions.
- It is effective at treating not just trauma flashbacks, but also the other complications that accompany it, including mood disorders and behavioral concerns.
- It encourages positive shifts in your overall happiness and outlook on life.
Learn More about Rapid Resolution Therapy with Emerge Healing Center
Trauma can happen to anyone, no matter their background, upbringing, age, or gender. And while there are many ways that people can experience trauma, it can still have an enormous impact on your ability to lead a normal life.
If you are living with the effects of unresolved trauma, either due to failed treatments in the past or a fear of having to relive your trauma, rapid resolution therapy may be the solution for you. Emerge Healing Center is proud to offer this therapy option to our clients in order to best serve their individual needs. Contact us today to learn more about RRT, and whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment. Our caring and compassionate staff is here to answer any questions you may have, and schedule an initial consultation at the time that works best for your schedule.