Why does RRT appear to be more effective for treating trauma than other therapy approaches?
Traumatic memories are stored differently in the brain. If you just “talk about the event,” you can activate the nervous system as if you are reliving the painful experience all over again, which can be retraumatizing. RRT involves use of guided imagery, metaphor, and calming techniques that empower you to talk about the event without emotionally reliving it. Clients who’ve used RRT typically report feeling peaceful or uplifted after their sessions, with significant decreases or complete elimination of anxiety attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, and shame related to a traumatic event.