In my last post, “Molestation and Sexual Assault: How They Impact You,” I’ve discussed how sexual trauma can impact a person.
Often, the underlying sexual trauma is the root of all kinds of seemingly unrelated problems that eventually manifest themselves in emotional dysregulation. This happens because the original trauma is stored in the person’s brain unprocessed. It resurfaces when triggered by similar situations as where present during the original assault.
As the traumatic memory continues to stay locked in the person’s brain and body, they re-experience the trauma every time it is triggered.
Can this cycle be broken so the person can finally move on?
Yes. Therapy for sexual trauma is imperative for healing!
But not all trauma therapy leads to a true resolution. For example, there are major differences between Talk Therapy and Rapid Resolution Therapy. In what way?
The Challenges of Talk Therapy in Treatment of Sexual Trauma
Traditional therapy teaches that discussing the trauma repeatedly can lead to healing. As a result, some sexual assault survivors believed that talking about it is the way to find relief.
Yet, what often happens is that the traumatic memories, sensations, and feelings are activated—not resolved.
Thus, after recalling the details, survivors often experience overwhelming negative emotions and anxiety. In effect, talk therapy can be re-traumatizing for them. Why? Because they are left to manage all of the emotions and memories they stirred up with no resolution.
Moreover, shame of themselves, their situation, and their background can be unintentionally reinforced as very well meaning therapists attempt to collect information or give validating and supportive feedback during talk therapy.
Eventually, the discomfort created through this approach may results in the client exiting therapy, looking for another therapists, or quitting therapy altogether.
Although changing the client’s thoughts and beliefs is an important part of Rapid Resolution Therapy as well, it takes a very different approach from talk therapy.
How Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Helps You
Rapid Resolution Therapy is a collaborative effort in which the client can feel comfortable and understood.
The idea is not to trigger or overwhelm you with unbearable thoughts or emotions. The therapy I provide is kept very uplifting and supportive. I do not dwell on painful details or reinforce negative thoughts or feelings.
This has proven to be a more effective way of reaching all parts of the mind to update any unhelpful, upsetting memories or distorted beliefs that cause feelings of being stuck.
RRT helps you to positively change thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about the sexual assault with calm, active support. This is accomplished by relaxing your mind/body and utilizing many techniques such as breathing exercises and grounding tools, in addition to guided imageries. All of which helps you reconnect with the present and heal the sexual assault memory.
Our therapy together is about seeing your individual situation positively and realistically without any judgment.
The clarity you gain from RRT can effectively and completely remove the negative meanings and emotions connected to the molestation or assault. In fact, after you have put the overwhelming sexual trauma to rest, you may feel free and whole. Also, you may discover that you are ready to deal with other issues or problems you couldn’t see clearly before.
Sexual assault and molestation are, sadly, very prevalent. Fortunately, you are not alone. Moreover, you can still be who you long to be—free of anger, shame, and guilt.
I am here to help you discover how to live a life with fewer limits and more peace of mind.