Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Success at the Heal The Healer Retreat - Designed Specifically For You!

Senior Certified Practitioner, Rapid Resolution Therapy 
My first passion in life is horses. I rode my first horse when I was 2-years old and have ridden ever since. My second passion would likely be yoga. Yoga is possibly what kept me fairly sane during graduate school. Throughout my years of horse back riding and yoga I have always found that I enjoyed and benefited from learning from many different instructors. 

Well you can say now that my newest and third passion in life (yes, horses always comes first and yoga remains a tool in my back pocket when working with clients) is Rapid Resolution Therapy. Not only do I feel blessed by a supportive RRT community but also within that same group are some of the most amazing teachers. I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the Heal The Healer Retreat that was coordinated by Master Practitioners Molly Sanford, Courtney Armstrong, and Melinda Paige. 

Each had some unique talents to share and teach. In fact not only was I fortunate enough to watch and learn from these amazing women, I also stumbled upon my own private session with Molly. Which I will say was extremely helpful to my long-time issues with insomnia!

The whole point of the Heal The Healer Retreat was that we, as caregivers, rarely have time or take time to care for ourselves.  I have mentioned it before and I will mention it again; having our own traumas and issues cleared not only improves our own health but also improves our abilities and effectiveness with our clients. 

This first retreat was held at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, Georgia. I know that putting this retreat together was a lot of work for a lot of people, but the healing benefits were priceless. I do hope that it will be held again. Of course my preference would be that it is held close to my home state of Missouri, but I'm not holding my breath for that! The retreat was small and intimate, so it gave space for getting to know people better and deepening my own connection with our amazing RRT community. Bottom line; if these amazing women put together another Heal The Healer Retreat I highly recommend that you attend!
Our next Heal the Healer workshop will be held the first weekend in March 2013 in beautiful Destin, Florida. Dr. Sharon Richie-Melvan will provide specialized training for RRT practitioners in Military Competency. Dr. Elizabeth Michas will join Courtney, Melinda and Molly as well to provide individualized coaching and healing for our practitioners.
Be well, Be happy - Tara
Tara S. Dickherber, M.Ed, LPC
1360 S 5th St., Suite 394, St. Charles, MO 63301

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patient Testimonials After Treatment With Rapid Resolution Therapy By Dr. Jon Connelly

Patients that have suffered from childhood abuse, shame, addiction, depression, and more, briefly describe their experience working with Dr. Connelly and Rapid Resolution Therapy. For more information please visit our website at http://www.cleartrauma.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

Reminder! IRRT Upcoming Level I & II Training Opportunities

Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution 3-Day Training
Presented by Dr. Jon Connelly 

Level I Trainings:                                       
Oct. 26 - 28, Orlando, FL

Nov. 16 - 18, Dania Beach, FL
Jan. 25 - 27, 2013, Los Angeles, CA
March 8 - 10, 2013, Tampa, FL

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, Orlando, FL

Dec. 14 - 16, Dania Beach, FL
Feb. 22 - 24, 2013, Los Angeles, CA
April 19 - 21, 2013, Tampa, FL 
For more information on Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution Trainings, please click here

Friday, October 19, 2012

Melinda Paige Presents RRT in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Trauma Resolution

Melinda Paige, Ed.S., LMHC, NCC, is presenting a free min-seminar on Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Melinda is a Master Practitioner in Rapid Trauma Resolution, developed by Dr. Jon Connelly.

Please send any questions about the seminar content to Melinda Paige at mpaige4@student.gsu.edu.

Come Learn More About Rapid Trauma Resolution at this Free CSI Event!

Presenter:       Melinda Paige, LMHC, NCC
Date:              Monday, October 22, 2012
Time:              3:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Location:         College of Education, Room 915

Cupcakes will be served!

This event is being held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Attendees will also learn about the Awareness Walk & Vigil in honor of victims of Domestic Violence, Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m. –7 p.m. at the YWCA of Northwest Georgia: 48 Henderson Street Marietta, GA 30064

Sponsored by the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"PTSD: Know the Symptoms" - Special CNN Health Article

CNNhealth's mental health expert, Dr. Charles Raison, shares how PTSD can affect the brain following the traumatic shooting at the Empire State Building on August 24. Dr. Raison is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

Click here to watch videos from that day.

(CNN) -- The brain is by far the most complex thing that we know of in the universe.

And yet, for all its complexity, sometimes the brain responds to events in ways that are so remarkably predictable that we can use these responses to help people who are suffering.
Nowhere is this more true than in what we know about how the brain, along with its close attendants, the mind and the body, responds to catastrophic traumas such as the shootings Friday outside the Empire State Building in New York.

Before talking about the predictable way that the brain responds to traumas, it is also important to emphasize that all of us have complex and conflicting responses to horrific events such as mass shootings.

We feel sick with pain for the victims and distressed at the apparent senselessness of the violence. But we may also be deeply moved by the bravery of others at the scene or encouraged by the solidarity shown after the event.

Through this warren of conflicting feelings, however, a single motive arises in most of us driven by the human brain's natural sense of empathy. We want to help those directly affected by the tragedy. We want to know who to help and how to help them.

The first and perhaps most important thing to know in this regard is that most people who live through an unexpected, devastating and life-threatening situation such as a shooting suffer emotionally for various periods of time but do not develop a chronic psychiatric condition that requires professional intervention.

In this way, people are remarkably resilient. They will be fine with our love and care.

Unfortunately, a significant minority of traumatized people will suffer terribly and for an extended period as a result of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

People with PTSD are afflicted with three primary types of symptoms.

The first type of symptoms involves all manner of intrusive memories of the event that often come with startling clarity via flashbacks and nightmares. Along with anything else that reminds a person of the trauma, these intrusive memories produce profound psychological distress and physical symptoms, such as a pounding heart.

The second type of symptoms revolves around avoidance and emotional numbing.
Bedeviled as they are by unwanted memories, images, nightmares and flashbacks that keep the terrifying reality of their experience emotionally alive for them, people with PTSD often go to heroic lengths to avoid anything in the personal or physical environment that reminds them of the trauma.

They often also report feeling emotionally deadened, unable to love and disinterested in things others find pleasurable. Often they feel like they will die young or have less of a future than other people.

The third and final symptom domain of PTSD is known as hyperarousal. Hyperarousal symptoms include difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, being hypervigilant and finally, demonstrating an exaggerated startle response.
These PTSD symptoms usually don't travel alone, unfortunately, but are frequently accompanied by depression and difficulties with drugs and alcohol.

So how can we predict who is in danger of developing PTSD after experiencing something horrific such as a mass shooting?

We want to be able to predict this, because it will help intervene early on in the lives of people most in danger of making a poor recovery from the event. Fortunately, we've got a lot of scientific evidence to help guide us in identifying those at high risk for PTSD.
First and foremost, people who have tremendous emotional upset immediately after the traumatic event are at much greater risk of going on to develop PTSD than are those who respond with cooler heads.

It is absolutely not the case that people who are "cool, calm and collected" at the time of the trauma are setting themselves up for later trouble. Quite the contrary.
People who cope well in the minutes, days and weeks after a trauma typically do well over the long term. On the other hand, people who respond with immediate terror or who become "emotionally unglued" after the event are much more likely to continue having difficulties as the months and years roll on.

There is another symptom of acute trauma that can be easily missed if you are not on the lookout for it that strongly predicts the development of later PTSD. In layman's parlance, we might call it "being spaced out." More technically, we call it dissociation.

When people dissociate, things come apart in a variety of ways.

Often they feel separated from themselves, as if they are watching themselves from some outside vantage point. Frequently they feel that there is some type of invisible wall between themselves and the rest of the world. Sometimes they will feel that everything in the world, including themselves, is somehow unreal.

I've heard patients describe this experience as being like looking at the world through the wrong end of a telescope, so that everything seems smaller and distorted. In extreme instances, people so thoroughly lose track of things that they develop amnesia.

As we care for friends or loved ones who have experienced a trauma, it is of utmost importance that we keep an eye out for the development of any of these types of symptoms.
Usually we have to ask people directly about them. In my experience, people are often not even fully aware that they are experiencing dissociation, perhaps because it is so strange that they don't know how to think about it, perhaps because they are "dissociated" from their dissociation.

So let me try to boil it down to a simple recommendation.

People who respond to a horrific trauma with normal upset and anxiety need love, support and space to work through their feelings. On the other hand, people who respond with overwhelming feelings of terror, who are emotionally overwhelmed and/or who experience dissociative symptoms should be encouraged to find competent professional help immediately before these symptoms transform over time into PTSD.

It is so important that we find competent professional help for those at risk following a trauma, because early intervention, which can take the form of medications, therapy or a combination of the two, can really help people metabolize their horror and loss in ways that will provide them with a significantly happier and less impaired future.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New 2013 Training Brochure Available to Certified Practitioners

Thank you to our amazing team who helped create our 2013 Training Brochure for Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution! These brochures were designed by Aura Grafix. If you would like your individual brochure customized and printed please contact a printer of your choice or Eddie Malka at 954-304-0292 or emalka@auragrafix.com. Let him know you are a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy.

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sherry Describes How Rapid Trauma Resolution Training Made Her a More Effective Therapist

Working primarily with drug and alcohol dependent clients, Sherry shares how easily it is to instill change in people and give them total resolution for when they leave. RRT has not only been effective for her clients, but Sherry said it has "breathed life into her."

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Client Success Story!

At the age of 14-years old, Sean was in an automobile accident with his friend where he died. Hear Sean's story of how he found relief from turmoil and guilt using Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Reminder: IRRT Upcoming Level I, II and III Training Opportunities in Florida and Georgia!

Dr. Jon Connelly along side with both Master and Certified Rapid Resolution Therapists will be offering advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Resolution Therapy training in Dahlonega, Georgia, this November 9 through 11.  

During the Level III Training, you will refine and enhance your RRT skills in one-on-one sessions and small-group forums. For each training, you will receive 25 continued education contact hours.

Dahlonega Level III Training
***Limited availability for this training so register soon if interested***
  • When: November 9 -11
  • Where: Center For New Beginnings, 129 Center Point Dr., Dahlonega, GA, 30533
  • Lodging:
    • Single Occupancy: $350 (includes Friday/Saturday night accommodation and all meals from lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday)
    • Double Occupancy: $250 (includes Friday/Saturday night accommodation and all meals from lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday)***Double Occupancy rooms include one queen size bed and one full size bed. The cost for double occupancy is per person. If there is someone you would like to share a room with please let Lynne know.***
    • Commuter: $150 (includes all meals from lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday)
  • Tuition Cost: $595
  • Registration: You may register online by clicking here or contact Lynne at 1-800-587-2623 /rtrblue@gmail.com

Upcoming Level I and II Trainings in Orlando, Florida
Level I and Level II Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution trainings will be held October 26 to 28 and November 30 to December 2, respectively. You'll have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Jon Connelly, Certified Rapid Resolution Therapists, and fellow mental health practitioners in open group forums and small break-out sessions. 

For more information on the training, please visit cleartrauma.com. Please register early as spots fill up quickly.

See you there!