Thursday, July 19, 2012

Show, Don't Tell

By Autumn Hahn, LMHC, CHt
Certified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy 

RRT comes with a guarantee of sorts. That is to say, the technique of Rapid Resolution Therapy has a built-in way of showing you that the facet of your mind that has been feeding you misinformation is becoming corrected to be more in line with the rest of your mind that works absolutely fine. If you ask people who have been in therapy if it is working, they give you vague answers like "I feel a bit better." Maybe they can even give you concrete examples like "I have fewer nightmares than before I started therapy." These are good things, of course. The alleviation of suffering is what therapy is about, and one of the few ways it is tied to healing medicine. I am one of those people that believes what she is shown. Prove it to me. Show me that it works and I will believe that it works. Tell me that it works, and I'm far less interested. In graduate school, therapy was a lot of talk - literally - and a lot of people saying that it worked.

Clients come in believing, or hoping, that therapy will work, because they've been told it will. Maybe a client has even had therapy in the past with some successful results. RRT therapists have the added benefit of being able to show them, almost instantly, that it works. For us, it starts with the first few minutes of the visit. We are conceptualizing the client as free of the presenting problem, as whole and complete, as free and clear. Contrast this with traditional therapy who is considering the diagnosis, treatment plan, and precipitating factors. There is a change in the way you think of clients - as people with a setback that can and will be quickly overcome - from traditional therapy which thinks of clients as people who are sick and need to start getting better, slowly, over time. Which is more exciting? Which is more positive? Which kind of client do you want to be? The enthusiasm that RRT therapists bring to the session is far greater than can be achieved by even the most spunky strengths-based traditional therapist because we remove the false-veil of illness and radiate wellness that we can see in the client that just needs to be adjusted in order to shine throughout their being.
The language we use in a session is specific. That's the hypnosis bit. We're trained to remove all poison from our wording to promote healing with each sentence. It's a craft that we hone through repeated trainings, conference calls, forums, and by utilizing one another as resources. We immerse ourselves in this culture of wellness and everything else seems to make people sick. Sure, we can have you close your eyes, and you feel your hands are glued together, and so forth, but we're going to give you whatever is most productive for the session; utilizing our time so that you are restructuring that little part that's confused, defragmenting your mind's computer, getting your symptoms alleviated so you can return to your happy life.

By the end of your treatment, you will know, positively, that there has been change. You will understand that your inner bunny has been telling you that good-feeling means continue and bad-feeling means change, so you change, and your inner bunny rewards you with good feelings. That is self-fulfilling and self-motivating. Some of the techniques seem a little strange or silly, and are certainly non-traditional, but roll with it, play along, and you'll see. We'll literally show you a visual representation of how there has been change. We can't tell you to feel better and expect it to work. We have to show you, and we will.

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist at the Clear Mind Group, LLC, in Weston, Florida. You may reach Autumn by email at or by phone at 954-612-9553.

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