Rapid Resolution Therapy
Rapid Resolution Therapy
What is Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT)
Rapid Resolution Therapy is a relatively new therapeutic method developed by Dr. Connolly who also founded the Institute of Rapid Resolution Therapy located in Florida. Over the years, Dr. Connolly developed and refined Rapid Resolution Therapy into a very efficient and effective counseling technique that has helped numerous clients gain relief from depression, anxiety, grief, anger, shame/guilt and trauma. Rapid Resolution Therapy helps free individuals from the painful experiences of the past and provides positive change both cognitively and behaviorally.
What is the premise for Rapid Resolution Therapy?
When we experience traumatic events in our past, they can leave a disturbing imprint on our brain. This imprint can then cause us to relive the feelings of this experience whenever we think about it or when we experience new things that might resemble the event. For example, a veteran suffering from PTSD developed from witnessing live combat, might get triggered years later on the 4th of July by the sound of firecrackers. The same could be said about road rage in that the anger targeted at another driver is a result of unrelated and unresolved issues. Triggers cause our minds to think we are in danger which then causes our fight-or-flight response to kick in. When this happens, we tend to overreact to the situation in front of us because the unresolved issues are also coming into play. When we get triggered, it can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, anger, guilt/shame, sadness, and other negative feelings that can interrupt the way we interact and function with life and with others.
From a more technical standpoint, the theoretical foundation of Rapid Resolution Therapy involves Memory Reconsolidation. Memory Reconsolidation is a relatively new discovery in neuropsychology that explains how trained practitioners can eliminate the triggers and prevent the fight-or-flight response from occurring. This allows an individual to be more present focusing on what is currently happening without any unresolved trauma interfering.
Do people ever tell you or make you feel like you are over-reacting?
When we get triggered, our minds bring past unresolved issues into the current situation. What we feel is real and intense. When we have not resolved past trauma, new experiences that are similar in content or meaning will bring out the unresolved feelings and focus it all on what is happening now. Because there is high emotion involved, reason and logic are not able to function properly. This is the reason that others may seem confused about the intensity of your reaction. When triggered, most people’s emotions are beyond their control. Rapid Resolution Therapy and Memory Reconsolidation provides closure to the past issues such that triggers are eliminated, and the intensity of emotional reactions are no longer a factor.
How does Rapid Resolution Therapy (or Memory Reconsolidation) work?
As the counselor, it will be my responsibility to guide you through the Rapid Resolution Therapy or Memory Reconsolidation process. All I need from you is willingness to follow my lead. I use relaxation exercises, guided imagery and interactive activities to help your mind update and resolve past issues. By creating new pathways in the brain, triggers will be removed, and fight-or-flight is no longer apart of the experience when talking about or remembering past events that are disturbing. My goal is to create a positive emotional experience such that the mind achieves a sense of closure and no longer reacts in unnecessary ways.
How effective is Rapid Resolution Therapy?
In 2014, I began the process of becoming a Certified Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Because many people ask me how effective this process is, I follow-up with all my clients and keep track of the results reported.
My data shows that over 85% of my clients report a positive impact within 6 months of finishing this process. Less than 5% of my clients have required more than one session to clear their issue. Click here for more information.
As of 10/26/17, the following results include clients that have completed the Rapid Resolution Therapy or Memory Reconsolidation process:
- 58 total clients
- 51 clients reported a positive impact
- client reported no impact
- 6 clients did not reply or report back
- 2 clients have required more than one session (up to 3 sessions)
How long does Rapid Resolution Therapy or Memory Reconsolidation take?
The Memory Reconsolidation Therapy session, itself, will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Prior to scheduling this session, I will want to set up an assessment session to discuss and identify your symptoms/issue, to provide an overview of the Rapid Resolution Therapy/ Memory Reconsolidation process, and answer any questions or concerns you might have. We can then schedule a follow-up session to review the effectiveness of the process and determine if any touch-up sessions are necessary.
Most clients notice a shift immediately. Other might need a little bit of time for the brain to process the new way of understanding information and memories. It is not uncommon for clients to report a small shift immediately following RRT and then a greater shift is noticed anywhere from a 1-6 weeks later. Our minds tend to notice struggle and strife more so than when we are functioning well and living a normal life. This is part of the reason that individuals might need some time after RRT to make a proper determination about the effectiveness of this type of therapy. Most clients report that the people around them notice a difference before they do.
The Institute of Rapid Resolution Therapy website… I was trained by the founder, Dr. Connolly:
These are webpages that explains RRT by colleague of mine that also provide RRT:
Here is an article in which the Army has sanctioned the use of RRT for PTSD:
Here is an article and a video that explains how Memory Reconsolidation works: