Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that I have been using in my coaching practice since I started my business nearly 20 years ago, so when I learned about RTT Therapy, I was immediately intrigued.
RTT Therapy is a hybrid form of therapy created by Marisa Peer that combines hypnotherapy with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, and the science of neuroplasticity.
About 7 years ago, I had two personal experiences with RTT Therapy and my results were so impactful that I felt very strongly, almost a moral obligation that I had to be trained in RTT Therapy and use it to help my clients.
I want to share one of those two experiences with you today.
I come from a family where nearly every situation could be celebrated or mourned with a Coke. If you were having a great day or accomplished a big achievement, you would have a Coke over ice to celebrate. If our parents were fighting or there was some kind of tragedy or setback, we had a Coke over ice. Even as an adult, almost every time my mother and I would get together, one of the first things we would say to each other was, “Do you want a Coke with ice?”
I also had some health issues as a child and when I was sick, my parents would give me a Coke with ice to feel better. In my mind, a Coke with ice 3-4 times a day was a typical day. I had always recognized that I didn't want to drink that much Coke or rely on it, so I would occasionally give it up for a period of time, but it never really lasted.
While I was doing my RTT training in London in 2016, I wasn’t focused on my reliance on Coke, but as one of the other students was playing “patient” I was in my own RTT session. Throughout the session, my focus was not on Coke but after the session I recognized that something had changed. I wasn’t even cognizant of what had changed, I just knew something had. I spent the next couple of days in London and carried on normally.
About 2 weeks after I got home from London, my husband was putting out the trash one evening and when he came back inside, he said, “Oh, you’re laying off the Coke,” and I replied, “What do you mean?” to which he said, “Well, we usually have a whole bin full of recycled Coke cans and there’s hardly any in there. And there's been a Coke on the top shelf of the refrigerator for a week now and you haven’t touched it.”
I looked at him and said, “I haven’t even thought about it.” My husband, who had given up smoking and some other things, looked at me like I had two heads and asked, “What do you mean you haven’t thought about it? You’ve always had a Coke.”
At that moment I realized that it wasn’t a struggle to give up Coke, I just didn't feel like I needed it anymore… That is what RTT does.
The things you are struggling with suddenly lose their power over you, but not in a big struggle… The power they have over you simply dissolves. It was that experience that really drove me to become an RTT hypnotherapist even though I already had many years of hypnotherapy experience.
To this day, I can have a Coke when I want it but I don't need it and my life isn’t centered around it. I don't feel the need to have a Coke after a bad day or to celebrate something exciting.
I gained my power back.