Rapid Transformation Therapy (RTT) has been developed by Marisa Peer, a best-selling author, motivational speaker, leading celebrity therapist and pioneering hypnotherapist trainer, over a few decades based on her therapeutic work worldwide. It has been recognised in treating probably any issue that people may bring to therapy. Using hypnosis, it focuses on the cause of the problem in a unique way that gives a sense of empowerment and new perspective to the individual and his/her life, as it looks through the past, present and future.
In case of addictions, RTT is directed to the sense of helplessness, insecurity, void inside, feeling insignificant or not enough. Without the addiction, these feelings would normally manifest as vulnerability, anger, rage, despair, depression etc. So, we understand that an addiction serves a purpose, thus, is a solution and a way to cope. In RTT, we address these beliefs dealing with the actual problem which, when resolved, becomes redundant along with the addiction.
You and Addiction
If you have an addiction, you may be familiar with a sense of shame and guilt around it. That’s because, so common, we identify with our actions. As humans, we make choices, do things, take action, etc., but let’s remember that we are beings too. Being part of us is what we sometimes call intuition, gut feeling. It’s the creative part, the internal drive, the will to live, be happy, open up, connect, be calm etc. It is in every one of us. So, it is important to know that you are a human being and addiction is just a behaviour which you are about to change. There is nothing wrong with you. Labels or references to yourself as ‘an addict’ or ‘a victim of addiction’ has no value. So, let me invite you to change the perception. You and addiction are not the same.
An addiction serves a purpose. Even if now, you say ‘I just want to get rid of it’ or ‘It’s ruining my life’, it started and developed gradually. Back then it was probably all right: You may have just wanted a bit of fun, a little ‘me time’ or saw it as ‘my thing’, ‘my way’, ‘my brief escape’ or a way to cope. And it worked. The truth is, it still works, but you may not be willing to continue paying the ever-increasing price. It’s as if you planted a beautiful flowering weed in your garden and it has spread so much that by now it’s killing a lot of cherished plants and trees and fruit, and now your garden may appear not the way you want it or beyond recognition. This is your garden, your life. You are in control, even though it may feel you aren’t. You have a choice. It just depends on how dear your garden is to you, how strongly you want to refresh and regain your life.
It is normal to feel uncertain or fearful about what will happen once the addiction is gone. An addiction is often seen as a crutch. Naturally, you fear what will happen if the cravings come back, what will you do with all that spare time, what about your friends who have been ‘in the same boat’, what will happen if you get withdrawal symptoms etc.
In therapy, we look at the possibility of physical addiction and psychological addiction. And we always shift our focus to what you want. You may have noticed that it’s easier to focus on what you don’t want rather than on what you want. Start directing your thinking right now so that it is clear to you what you want, e.g. what you would like to be, live and look like, behave, do, interact, have etc. You may notice some judgemental and critical thoughts coming up, such as ‘it’s pointless, unlikely, impossible’, ‘…but it’ll never happen’, ‘that’s far beyond me’ and so on. Let them be in the background and carry on with the forward-thinking with conscious attention to what you want.
More Than One
It is common to have more than one addiction, e.g. smoking and drinking. Or you may have an experience of substituting one addiction with another i.e. continuously living with addiction, finding yourself in the vicious cycle or a trap. You may choose to work on them at the same time unless the therapist recommends addressing one addiction at a time.
Brief Therapy with Hypnosis
The therapy consists of 9 sessions (a total of 10hrs) including 8 psychotherapy sessions and one hypnotherapy session. It may feel intense, but it’s definitely enjoyable, as you start learning about your mind’s ways more and more whilst regaining control over your life. RTT provides an in-depth insight into your life situation and the problem of addiction in order to achieve change. In hypnosis, we find out the root cause of the addiction and change it so that the addiction along with cravings becomes irrelevant. You then can continue focusing on how you want your life and yourself to be.
These two points: 1- recognising the addictive (‘the weed in the garden’) and 2-choosing to focus on what you want are the prerequisites for engaging in the RTT.
How Hypnotherapy Works
Hypnosis is a unique experience – there is no measure to assess how you need to feel in order to experience it. If you think, worry, imagine, you will experience hypnosis and benefit from it. Hypnosis is a nice and natural experience of drowsiness, relaxation and a dreamlike state. Ultimately, it is a matter of choice: first, you chose to resolve the problem of addiction, secondly, you chose therapy and a therapist, thirdly, you chose to go with the process. You can trust your therapist knowing that no one will or is able to make you do, think or believe anything that is against your own judgement.
In RTT, we begin with a few brief experiences of what hypnosis feels like. There is no reason for you to feel rigid, uncomfortable, tense or weary. Guided by the therapist all the time, you will achieve a sense of clarity around addiction, how it came into your life and why it’s still there. With that understanding and realisation, a shift in consciousness happens. After the hypnotherapy session, it is important that you commit to listen to a provided 15-20min recording daily for three weeks.
It is commonly reported that by addressing one issue in RTT, some other problems resolve naturally.