Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Healing a War Veteran's PTSD. Also, Donate For A Great Cause - The ISSV!




By Tara Dickherber, M.Ed, LPCCertified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy Executive Director, Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence


The month of May has a lot going on with Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday May 8, Mother's Day on Sunday May 13, and last but certainly not least Memorial Day on Sunday May 28. It's a month filled with appreciation. In February, I gave the suggestion of sending your loved ones a bracelet in honor of survivors of sexual violence by FarrielleDesign. That bracelet is still available and such a great present that keeps on giving. And by the way, each bracelet is made by hand and each is somewhat unique. 

We also now have been honored by Moonfire Digital Arts and Textiles! The artist, being a survivor of sexual violence herself, is giving back a portion of the proceeds from her online store to the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The artist takes amazing photos of hummingbirds, and these photos can then be printed on coffee mugs, calendars, t-shirts, etc. It is yet another way to give a gift that keeps on giving for your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, or a Teacher who had an amazing, positive impact upon you! 

I also would like to mention the motivating training we receive in Rapid Resolution Therapy which is not only very effective for survivors of sexual violence, but it is also effective for treating PTSD which whom many of our Veterans have been diagnosed with. Recently, I was honored to treat a Vietnam Veteran who is also a counselor. His trauma didn't just start when he served in Vietnam but way back to his childhood and up through to a recent trauma that happened prior to his session with me. He was out of work and still going through the process of filing for disability, thus he was strapped for cash.  I willingly agreed to see him pro bono. 

In just one session, we cleared decades of trauma! He left walking out of my office giving me oodles of thanks as I returned that with oodles of thanks for his service to our country. I have followed up with him, and he's still not sure what happened in his session, but he and his wife have seen an amazing improvement in his mood and overall well-being. In fact, he's sailing through the process of filing for disability like it was a piece of cake. So to any Veteran out there that may be reading this, please know there is help that can and does effectively and painlessly clear any trauma you may have. Thank you for serving our country!
Be well, Be happy - Tara


Tara S. Dickherber, M.Ed, LPC
573-754-0348
1360 S 5th St., Suite 394, St. Charles, MO 63301

Friday, May 25, 2012

Licensed Mental Health Professional Shares His Amazing Results from Using Rapid Trauma Resolution

As a mental health clinician of 20 years, Ryan describes how he is incorporating Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution into his everyday practice. He uses it to clear clients with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Be a Part of the IRRT Study 2!


Customized tailoring of Study 2 to fit your practice is available now, so please call or email us for assistance. We on the RRT research team have heard your questions, concerns and excitement about seamlessly fitting the study into your practice. We know that the study sequence does have flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the study design, so let us help you see the opportunities and potential of joining in this momentous event.



Please call us to discuss your individual practices and learn how you can easily fit the study requirements into your existing practice procedures. The more therapists we have to contribute to the study, the more robust our study! Please help us put RRT on the map and made availabe to all. If you need us, please call Denise Smith our RRT study administrator at 215-471-1531 or send her an email at DHSTranscriptions@hotmail.com, and she will arrange for one of our team members to contact you ASAP.

 
Article courtesy of Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan, Ph.D., Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Dr. Sharon also co-authored the book, "Angel Walk: Nurses at War in Iraq and Afghanistan," with Dr. Diane Vines, Ph.D, Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Within the book, Dr. Sharon recommends Rapid Resolution Therapy as a PTSD treatment approach (p. 97). 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Certified Practitioner Courtney Armstrong Joins Dr. Susan Hickman's Radio Show "Mind of the Matter"



Scientists have long been aware of the divergent functions of different brain regions, including the fact that the two sides of the brain (i.e., right and left hemispheres) also have distinct roles and features. 

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist, joined the show to talk more specifically about the right side of the brain, which is more emotion and relationship driven. Current research on specializations of the right hemisphere and emerging therapies targeting this region will be presented.

Some aspects of the right brain include our emotional sense of self, attachment and relationships, poetry, music, metaphors, implicit memory such as humor, insight ("aha" moments and attention to novelty)...to name just a few!   

P.S.  Be sure to stay tuned...Courtney is now regularly joining the show as a co-host!  Courtney and Susan have teamed up for numerous joint ventures and a new series on the brain will be aired on The Mind of the Matter.  Also be on the lookout for workshops, speaking engagements and an upcoming book!

Click here to listen to the wonderful show! You'll find out how to be In Your Right Mind, right here, on The Mind of the Matter.
 
 
Courtney Armstrong, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and nationally known speaker on trauma and grief. She is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

IRRT Heal The Healer Retreat Designed for Rapid Resolution Practitioners - Summer 2012


Designed especially for RRT Certified Practitioners

Center for New BeginningsDahlonega, GA, August 3-5, 2012

Join RRT Master Certified Practitioners, Melinda Paige, Courtney Armstrong and Molly Sanford for a Heal the Healer Retreat this summer at the Center for New Beginnings in beautiful Dahlonega, Georgia.

  • Transform your clinical skills through one-on-one coaching with Melinda, Courtney and Molly in a supportive learning environment.
  • Clear issues blocking personal and professional growth and vitality.
  • Join with fellow practitioners in activities designed to nurture and restore such as massage and nature walks.
  • Connect and build relationships with fellow therapists engaged in personal and professional transformation through RRT.
  • Learn from Master Certified Practitioners during breakout sessions held throughout the weekend. 
Retreat Schedule

Day One: Applying RRT in the Real World
Friday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Understanding the essentials of RRT 
  • Research that supports RRT 
  • Adapting RRT to your practice setting
  • Easy ways to master your language skills
  • Heal the healer practice groups w/supportive coaching from Melinda, Molly, and Courtney
  • Opportunities for massage and nature walks


Day Two: Honing Your Hypnosis Skills
Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Understanding the basics of hypnosis and why it works
  • How to do inductions with just about any client
  • Using Hypnosis and RRT with Children and Teens
  • See live & video demonstrations by Master Practitioners
  • Heal the healer practice groups w/supportive coaching
  • Opportunities for massage, hot tub soaks, or touring Dahlonega

Day Three: Building a Successful RRT Practice
Sunday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • How to describe RRT to potential clients
  • Choosing the ideal niche market in your community
  • Obtaining steady word-of-mouth referrals
  • Secrets to internet marketing and easy website building
  • Heal the healer practice sessions w/supportive coaching
  • Opportunities for massage and nature walks



When: August 3 - 5, 2012

Where: Center For New Beginnings, 129 Center Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA

Cost:

***Early Registration*** Sign-up by July 2 to get the following rates. After July 2, rates increase by $150.
  • Double Occupancy $750: This price includes tuition, Friday and Saturday night double occupancy, with all meals starting with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. 
  • Single Occupancy $850: This price includes tuition, Friday and Saturday night double occupancy, with all meals starting with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. 
  • Commuter Cost $600: This price includes tuition and meals only.
Registration: Please contact Lynne by email or phone to reserve your space for this training at rtrblue@gmail.com / 800-587-2623. Registration opens on May 20, 2012, and space is limited. For more information visit  www.thehealerretreat.com.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Institute For Rapid Resolution Therapy Launches Its Second Research Study To Treat Trauma Survivors


The Institute For Rapid Resolution Therapy Launches Its Second Research Study To Treat Trauma Survivors
Interested Clients and Certified Rapid Resolution Therapists Needed For Study

The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy (IRRT) announces the launch of its second evidence-based outcome study of the efficacy of Rapid Resolution Therapy(TM) (RRT). The study aims to scientifically demonstrate the effectiveness of RRT for the treatment of trauma, specifically with clients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


The study begins in April 2012. We are inviting qualified licensed and certified RRT Therapists across the country and their clients who have experienced trauma to participate in the study.Clients will be asked to complete several valid and reliable psychological instruments to measure both pre-pretreatment and post-treatment symptomology.


RRT Therapists are encouraged to contact us if they are interested in participating in this study. The study process, study diagram and application forms are available now on theInstitute for Rapid Resolution Therapy practitioner's website atwww.rapidresolutiontherapy.comClients seeking treatment for PTSD can get more information and find a certified RRT practitioner at www.cleartrauma.com.



For more information about this study, please contact our Research Director, Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan at 352-476-5599, the Research Analyst, psychologist Thomas Dikel, Ph.D., at 352-378-0900, or the Study Administrator Ms. Denise Smith at 215-471-1531. Other members of the research team include Dr. Diane Vines, University of Portland and Melinda Paige, Georgia State University and Executive Director, IRRT. We welcome all comments and questions about the study.


Rapid Resolution Therapy(TM) was developed by Dr. Jon Connelly. He is the author of Life Changing Conversations - The Power of Transformational Communication, which demonstrates that dramatic therapeutic breakthroughs can be facilitated in a single psychotherapy session. With over 30 years of experience working with individuals and training professionals, Dr. Connelly also is the founder of The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence, a non-profit (501C3) organization providing mental health professionals with state-of-the-art training in advanced clinical methods of eliminating the negative influence of trauma. You can learn more about Dr. Connelly and Rapid Resolution Therapy at either www.rapidresolutiontherapy.com orwww.cleartrauma.com.

 
Article courtesy of Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan, Ph.D., Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Dr. Sharon also co-authored the book, "Angel Walk: Nurses at War in Iraq and Afghanistan," with Dr. Diane Vines, Ph.D, Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist. Within the book, Dr. Sharon recommends Rapid Resolution Therapy as a PTSD treatment approach (p. 97). 

Monday, May 7, 2012

RRT Skill-Building Groups In Your Community!


                                 
By Tamara Ashley, IRRT Training Director
Certified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy

I love being part of our RRT community!  In Atlanta a group of us have been meeting once a month to share knowledge, practice, refine our skills, and get peer coaching and supervision in Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution. It's a great opportunity for newer practitioners to ask questions that arise as they begin using RRT with clients and to get clarification about when and how to use different RRT processes.  

We all benefit from hearing about each other's work and from seeing demonstrations by other experienced practitioners. I love it when someone tells a story or uses a metaphor that I had forgotten or one that I hadn't heard before!

One of the best things about the group is that it gives us the chance to spend time with others who share our love for this work. It's a place where we can help each other get clearer and more skilled. If you're in the vicinity of Atlanta, we would love to have you join us! Otherwise, I encourage you to start an RRT skill-building group in your own community! If you need any help starting your RRT group or want to join the Atlanta community, please email us at cleartrauma@gmail.com. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Recovering The Lost Self (Radio Interview with Courtney Armstrong, LPC, on HealMyPTSD.com)


By Courtney Armstrong, LPCCertified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy

After a major loss or traumatic event, you could feel as if you've changed permanently and will never return to be who you once were. You can feign joy, hope, or humor for your friends, but deep down it can feel like only a hard, bitter shell of who you are remains.

Many people tell me they feel like they have to face the reality that they will never be the same and grieve the loss of their former selves. But, I do not think you have "lost" your former self. Instead, I think the impact of these devastating events casts a shadow that is blocking your ability to connect with the world they way you used to. The work I do with people clears that shadow so they can reconnect to the light that is always there within them and actually connect with the world in a deeper, richer way than they did before. 

Click this link to hear a radio interview Courtney did with Michele Rosenthal (ofHealMyPTSD.com) discussing how to recover the lost self. We've been getting great feedback from listeners of this show and think you will find it encouraging and uplifting.









 
 
Courtney Armstrong, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and nationally known speaker on trauma and grief. She is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

RRT Cleared a 12-Year-Old Girl of Sexual Abuse in Just One Session!


 
By Tara Dickherber, M.Ed, LPCCertified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy Executive Director, Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence (ISSV) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which means donations made to the ISSV are a tax write off, and well it's tax season! Any donations made to the ISSV go toward such projects as:
  • Providing services to survivors of sexual violence who could not otherwise afford such treatment.
  • Research in the effectiveness of Rapid Resolution Therapy.
  • Outreach toward organizations like rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers, and other mental health and medical professionals to spread the word about the power of RRT to clear, resolve and transform.
I could go on and on with statistics of survivors of sexual violence (i have done so in a previous newsletter. Let me tell you instead about a 12-year old I have previously worked with. For two years she had been cutting herself to the point where she has permanent scars. She was becoming more withdrawn and angry with her family and her friends. It was her second year in middle school, and she had been in to see her crisis counselor every day since school started back up. Her mother contacted me because she knew I specialized in survivors of sexual violence. Her daughter had just admitted to the crisis counselor that she had been molested two years ago by a stranger in her father's home. The crisis counselor immediately advised her mother that the little girl needed to undergo a psychological evaluation and receive intensive outpatient services.


Before I even met this amazing 12-year old girl I had already had a conversation with her crisis counselor. In her first session she was right there and ready to have the trauma of having been molested cleared and resolved. But right after that session I spoke again with the crisis counselor, school counselor, Mom, and a Department of Family Services worker. There were a lot of people involved in this child's life!  (And yes I had authorization to speak to all the people noted.)


She was scheduled for a follow-up consultation one week later. The day of her appointment I was contacted by the crisis counselor. Of course my thought is that something happened. Not true. It was because something wasn't happening. She immediately STOPPED going to the crisis counselor's office the day after her first session. The crisis counselor says to me (I had done my best to explain what it is I do with RRT) that never in her career had she seen a child change that dramatically after one session. She was in shock about the dramatic and immediate change in this child. I also had contact with Mom who thanked me profusely for giving her back her joyful, witty, smiling child.


We did have a few more sessions beyond those two mentioned. Here's a real word example of a 12-year old sexual abuse survivor who will no longer be haunted by her traumatic past all because of the amazing process of Rapid Resolution Therapy. This is a family who could not afford this treatment. Donations to the ISSV make it possible for more survivors to be transformed!


Be well, Be happy - Tara

Tara S. Dickherber, M.Ed, LPC
573-754-0348
1360 S 5th St., Suite 394, St. Charles, MO 63301