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Trauma Healing with RTM Therapy

Written by Integrative Health Daily Staff

What is RTM Therapy?

When one has experienced a traumatic event, it can impact overall wellbeing and the ability to enjoy life in many ways. Using Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) therapy is a holistic way to start the healing process.

RTM uses memory reconsolidation in a way that changes the emotional and perceptual aspects of traumatic memories to lessen their effect and make them fit more naturally into long-term memory structures. This therapeutic method offers a calm way to lessen the effects of past trauma and create an atmosphere where healing can endure throughout the rest of one’s life.

In this article, we explore trauma health with RTM treatment, including how it works, how it can be used, and the huge effect it can have on regaining mental peace and overall health.

How RTM’s Healing Process Works

Once you find a trained RTM provider, they will guide you through an exact three- or four-step imaginative protocol. RTM therapy leads people through a structured process. This process includes the following:

  • Reconsolidation is a careful revisiting of painful memories with the goal of understanding and rebuilding.
  • Extinction deals with the traumatic memory in a safe, controlled setting to help with creative processing.
  • Generalization makes sure that the changed memory is safely reviewed and absorbed.

What Can I Expect in an RTM Experience?

RTM sessions, which last about 90-minutes on average, provide a safe space where therapists help patients make images that help them deal with traumatic memories without falling back into an emotional depression. In this safe place, treatments have been shown to decrease the occurrence of traumatic nightmares and flashbacks. After therapy, patients often remember traumatic events without the pain that comes with it.

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Does RTM Work?

In one case study focusing on male and female military personnel, the study showed that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be helped quickly with the RTM method. In another instance, thirty women who had been through different kinds of stress took part in a study that showed how well and how long RTM works to help people with PTSD. The women who took part were split into treatment groups based on the type of trauma they had been through, for example, if they had experienced sexual trauma in the service or not.

Many of those with PTSD showed improvement after receiving the RTM Protocol, and it worked for at least a year after treatment stopped. RTM stands out as a hopeful and effective way to heal with PTSD, as it had helped for patients in those previous studies.

The Clear Advantages of RTM Therapy

RTM is known for being safe and effective, and it has many benefits that go beyond what standard trauma therapies can do, such as:

    • Lessening or getting rid of PTSD symptoms
    • Getting rid of anxiety
    • Dealing with signs of depression
    • Improving the quality of sleep
    • Improving brain function
    • Boosting confidence and self-esteem

    Summary

    RTM Therapy is an example of hope in the field of integrative health and trauma healing. It is a gentle but very effective way to deal with PTSD, freeing people from painful memories and making the way for overall healing and mental peace. To locate a trusted integrative health provider in your area, visit our directory.

    Gray, R. M., Budden-Potts, D., Schwall, R. J., & Bourke, F. F. (2021). An open-label, randomized controlled trial of the reconsolidation of traumatic memories protocol (RTM) in military women.
    Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 13(6), 641–651. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000986
    What is RTM? (n.d.) https://www.cwcrecovery.com/blog/what-is-rtm-therapy/
    The RTM Protocol. (n.d.). The Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories Protocol. https://thertmprotocol.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=954411&module_id=383941

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