Why do therapists and counselors need additional training on treating trauma victims?

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Why do therapists and counselors need additional training on treating trauma victims?

For practitioners that treat trauma victims, finding a treatment that works can be difficult.  As unique as their experiences, victims of trauma often have multi-layered defensive mechanisms that protect them.  Many practitioners report that traditional trauma treatments aren’t effective for most of their patients.

The challenges with treating trauma victims

There’s a good reasonwhy there is no tried and true method that works to alleviate the symptoms of trauma for all patients.  Trauma impacts the brain in a variety of ways, many of which researchers are still learning about.  Even though professionals still have many questions about trauma and how it impacts the brain, most everyone agrees that trauma impacts the way people move through the world from the moment the traumatizing event takes place.

Research shows that without proper soothing and deactivation of the nervous system, patients can stay in a triggered state and unable to access the parts of the brain needed to remain in the here and now.  For patients who have experienced complex traumas or years of repeated abuse, regular treatments like talk therapy just won’t work.  Their nervous systems aren’t regulated enough to remain in the present while finding a way to let go of the past.

Without access to parts of the brain that allow them to connect to reality, trauma victims are often acting based on what has happened to them in the past.  Usually disconnected, hypervigilant, or unreliable, trauma victims are often mistaken as non-compliant or unwilling to heal.  Treating trauma victims becomes much easier when the thought and behavior patterns of the past are challenged in a way that keeps more of the brain engaged to facilitate healing.

Why treating trauma victims with traditional methods sometimes doesn’t work

Treating trauma victims with methods commonly used doesn’t work for some patients.  Stuck in a trigger cycle, most of them are unable to move forward from the helpless feelings that trauma left them with.  The consistent feelings that people feel as result of the trauma they experienced begin to take over their thoughts and behaviors.  Many of these traditional methods fail to help change the core beliefs that have been altered by the impacts of trauma.

Traditional methods used to treat trauma victims focus on the trauma that happened.  Many treatment models include discussing, re-living, or re-envisioning the traumatic past.  Not only is this terrifying for trauma victims, but it is also un-necessary to move forward and heal. Remembering the past and telling the story won’t help the person or their brain to heal from the impacts of trauma.

Instead, the solution is about changing the way the brain thinks and acts in response to trauma. 

Rapid Resolution Therapy engages both the conscious mind and the mind that lives in the past.

By engaging both the conscious and the subconscious mind, Rapid Resolution Therapy is transformative in a way that traditional therapy models are not.  The techniques used by Dr. Jon Connelly have proven to help patients understand their negative thoughts and feelings are a result of the past.  When trauma victims are fully engaged, they begin to believe they aren’t helpless and bound to a life filled with unhappiness.  Treating trauma victims doesn’t have to involve learning about and reliving what happened to them.  More commonly, healing from trauma is about resolving the feelings and negative thoughts that patients held on to after the trauma.

Jon Connelly developed Rapid Resolution Therapy after spending most of his career working with child abuse and sexual assault survivors.  Seeing their constant suffering, he knew there had to be a better way to help them.  Using multi-level communication techniques, he is able to help trauma victims identify and understand their feelings in a way they haven’t before.  Since they have a new relationship with their feelings from the traumatic event, they are able to consciously let go of the thoughts, negative feelings and behaviors they were holding onto.

Rapid Resolution Therapy is called that for a reason.  The desired changes occur immediately during the sessions.  More than just a breakthrough, trauma victims report feeling a sense of relief and clarity they were not accustomed to.  This effective and nearly immediate response is needed for trauma victims who have been repeating the same feelings and patterns for many years.  Since all systems of the body are connected to the nervous system, healing from trauma impacts more than just thoughts and feelings.  Treating trauma victims effectively leaves them with more energy and often alleviates many mysterious symptoms that have been plaguing them for years.

Treating trauma victims differently starts at The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy

Thousands of practitioners have worked with Jon Connelly to learn how to treat trauma victims using Rapid Resolution Therapy.  After hearing of their successes, he began creating more opportunities for therapists, counselors and psychologists to learn this modality.  To aide his efforts, Jon Connelly opened The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy in Boca Raton, Florida.

Inside the office, he will provide Rapid Resolution Therapy Intensive programs.   Students receive 40 immersive and engaging hours of training for Rapid Resolution Therapy.  In this training, Jon Connelly, teaches transformational techniques and concepts not used before when treating trauma victims.  His approach involves specific communication skills that engage parts of the brain that those who have been traumatized usually detach from.

At The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy, students begin to learn how to communicate with trauma victims in a different way.  Understanding what their brains need to heal, Jon Connelly passes his knowledge onto the students in his Rapid Resolution Therapy Intensive.  Called “brilliant and sensitive” by his colleagues, Jon Connelly is known for being able to reduce compulsive behaviors and negative influence in a trauma victim’s life in just one session.

Rapid Resolution Therapy has helped therapists and counselors both personally and professionally.  Students who have completed the Rapid Resolution Therapy program have gone on to help countless trauma victims move forward from the past without reliving it.  His methods are compassionate and appropriate for all types of trauma victims and have been known to work for survivors of childhood abuse and repeated, complex trauma.

To learn how to implement Rapid Resolution Therapy and treat trauma victims immediately, qualified professionals can register online for an upcoming trauma training with Jon Connelly.