Experience Matters: The Nation's Most Experienced RTT Therapist tells What RTT Therapy IS and IS NOT

Updated: Oct 18

What is RTT Hypnotherapy?

Rapid Transformation Therapy is a hypnotherapy method based in neuroscience and psychology that combines the best practices of several therapeutic approaches such as hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). RTT is a hybrid hypnotherapy process that acts as a powerful tool that can lead to breakthroughs and “light bulb moments” allowing clients to heal and move forward in life much faster than other traditional approaches.

RTT was developed by Marisa Peer over a span of thirty years, and the RTT School was launched in 2015 with the goal of training therapists throughout the world. RTT is an established modality based on research findings to be highly effective for treating a myriad of issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, confidence issues, relationship problems, and even weight-loss and addiction.

Experience Matters. In 2016, as an experienced coach who had 15 years of experience using hypnotherapy as one of many tools, I recognized that Marisa Peer’s RTT Program offered the highest level of training in the field. Understanding the value RTT could bring to my clients, I became one of Marisa’s earliest students. I made the decision to train personally with Marisa at the Imperial College in London in 2016 and am proud to be one of the first RTT Therapists in the U.S. At that time, in addition to it being a rigorous in-person training program, intensive, ongoing training was required for an additional year in order to reach “Therapist” status.

While I hold Marisa Peer in very high regards, her business model has changed. Students of the early classes were physicians, nurses, social workers, experienced coaches like myself , and other professionals.Today, anyone can participate in the training with little to no previous experience. Most training is done exclusively online and participants have little or no in-person participation or experience. Because of that, I typically get one or two calls a month from people who have had standalone RTT sessions with inexperienced RTT Therapists or practitioners and not gotten the results they needed and oftentimes feel they are worse off than they were before. While someone who has been practicing for a couple of years or less may have good intentions, that doesn’t make them qualified to tackle the bigger issues many people face. When it comes to long-standing issues, such as trauma, anxiety, depression, problem behaviors , or confidence issues, experience matters.

RTT Therapy is NOT RTT is not traditional hypnosis. Many times - especially in mainstream media, you will see representations of hypnosis in a very “Hollywood" setting. These depictions often paint the person conducting hypnosis as the one in charge of what happens during the session. This notion is totally inaccurate and may lead you to believe that you are not in control of your thoughts or behaviors during a hypnosis session. Hypnosis does not make you say or do anything you do not want to say or do.

RTT is not traditional therapy. Most RTT Therapists recognize and agree that traditional talk therapy has its place in the world of therapy, psychology, and healing, however, many people spend years in traditional therapy, and much of that time is spent reflecting on the past. In contrast, RTT momentarily accesses the past through the subconscious mind in order to identify the cause of current limiting beliefs or issues in the client’s life. RTT does not dwell on past experiences or focus on memories for very long. It aims to find the root cause of an issue quickly and efficiently, giving clients the most liberating understanding and transformative power to achieve dramatic, long-lasting results.

RTT is not a miracle cure.

Something I find disturbing about RTT practitioners and therapists is hearing claims such as, “RTT therapy can heal long standing issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety in just one session.” While it may be true that most people begin to experience relief of symptoms such as anxiety or depression after one session of RTT, it is not a miracle cure. While RTT is a powerful tool, it isn’t effective as a standalone treatment for deep seated issues.

Because of my 20 years of experience, I understand that RTT works best as an effective tool when combined with other techniques and strategies. My program, Coaching+RTT® provides rapid results and optimal outcomes for long-term, sustainable change because I combine RTT with my Brain-Science and Emotional Intelligence based tools, techniques, and solutions.

I typically use RTT in the third or fourth session. By then, the client and I have a relationship based in trust and respect, a safe comfortable environment has been established, and I have the insight and experience with the client that helps me guide the session and ask the right questions leading to optimal outcomes.

Ultimately, in comparison to traditional therapeutic methods, my Coaching + RTT® Program provides sustai