What is Trauma?
Trauma is single or recurrent experience or event that can cause an individual to re-experience significant emotional distress and other psychological, behavioral, physical health, and/or day to day problems. Living in a way that is desirable and peaceful seems unattainable. Uncleared trauma from the past can continue to show up in an individual’s life through nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, phobias, anger, addiction, panic attacks, shame, guilt, disrupted relationships, physical health problems and much more. Trying to move forward in life without clearing the negative effects of past trauma is like trying to repair the structure of a building by applying a coat of paint.
What is Rapid Resolution Therapy™?
Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT) is an innovative and holistic approach developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, founder of The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Unlike other approaches to trauma treatment that require an individual to experience painful emotions while reliving the trauma, RRT clears the negative effects of traumatic events effectively, quickly, and gently. In this uplifting approach to treatment and healing, negative habits and painful emotions are replaced by positive actions, energy, and a feeling of well-being.
What is meant by “Rapid Resolution?”
RRT dramatically reduces treatment time because the Certified practitioner is extensively trained to address and work at both conscious and subconscious/unconscious parts of the mind. Rather than spending months or even years in traditional talk therapy, people are finding and reporting healing and resolution after their first RRT session. In some instances a second or third session may be indicated.
After hundreds of sessions since 2012, our RRT providers at Regional Mental Health Center have a success rate in clearing and resolving trauma of 83-92%. This is after one RRT session.
How does it work and what makes it so effective?
Trauma memories are stored differently in the brain. If a person is asked to just “talk about” the traumatic event, you can actually activate the nervous system as if you are reliving the painful experience all over again. This in itself can be re-traumatizing. RRT involves use of metaphor, calming techniques, the latest neuroscience findings, and more to allow a person to talk about the event without emotionally reliving it and thus getting it cleared. Certified RRT practitioners have received extensive training in how to effect the emotional mind in a manner that is both desirable and beneficial to the participant receiving the treatment; such that this part of the mind stops making people feel painful emotions unnecessarily. An emotional memory now becomes a memory of an emotion.
What recipients of RRT are saying:
"I feel like a black, painful cloud has been lifted off my being. I have been replaying that session in my head and am at peace for a change. I am so grateful. A friend even noticed and said that I seem lighter, healthier in my thinking, and more energetic. Instead of feeling broken, damaged and guilty . . . I actually feel like it's going to be ok. Other past events have come to mind and I am trying to look at them from a different perspective."
“Absolutely life changing!”
“Succeeded 100%, can’t thank you enough!”
“Overpowering feeling of peace. It was amazing!”
“I’m thrilled, I’m totally good, you have no idea how much I appreciate it!”
“This session was more helpful than 20 years of therapy. It’s a miracle!”
“Past stuff is done!”
"Tell Mr. Cortina his treatment was a huge f*#!*&* success! Flashbacks are gone now!”
“The guilt is gone! I don’t worry about it anymore.”
“I’m getting really good sleep!”
“No more flashbacks, no nightmares, amazing!”
“It was like he did magic on me!”
“I haven’t had any night terrors.”
“Amazing, thank you so much!”
“It’s great, I don’t relive it, I don’t think about it – I’m doing fantastic.”
“In one session with Michael, my whole way of thinking opened up. I learned that it was within my power to change my experience of the past. I went there, I did my job, I served my country, I did what I was supposed to do, and I don’t regret anything I did. It wasn’t my choice, it was my sacrifice for the greater good. Everything has changed. I’m living in the present. I wake up ready for each new day. I’ve held a great job for 18 months now and I love spending time with my family… I was on a path to self-destruction, and Michael saved my life. My eldest son still remembers how I acted before I met Michael. Every once in a while, he gets worried about me. I now tell him honestly, ‘Don’t worry, son. I’m here, and I always will be.’”
“People who know me see a huge change in me. I feel so confidant.”
Regional's RRT certified therapists
Michael Cortina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois and Indiana, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) in Indiana, and a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT).
He appeared as a guest speaker discussing RRT on The Lakeshore Radio, The Veterans Views Program on WJOB Radio, and during a news segment on Lakeshore Public Television. His work was featured on the front page of The Times Newspaper in June 2013 and on the front page of the Health & Fitness section of the Times Newspaper on June 30, 2017. Michael was the keynote speaker presenting on RRT at the 4th annual Faces of Suicide presents the Faces of Trauma conference at Indiana University Northwest, and the sole presenter on treating trauma for the 2016 Annual Spring Conference sponsored by the Indiana Association of Addiction Professionals.
Mr. Cortina practices an unconventional and tradition-challenging approach to psychotherapy. Clients have traveled from as far as Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts to receive a RRT session with Mr. Cortina. He provides trainings throughout the mid-west introducing other mental health professionals to Rapid Resolution Therapy and has been sought out as a consultant on the topic nationally and internationally.
He is currently the Director of Outpatient Services South for Regional Mental Health Center in Merrillville, IN and is in private practice in Oak Brook and Chicago, IL. During the past 20+ years Michael has worked in a variety of clinical and leadership positions including adolescent residential, adult partial hospitalization program, adolescent independent living program, adult, adolescent, and child inpatient programs, emergency services, EAP, outpatient settings, and private practice.
Lucinda Franco, a Mental Health Therapist and Certified Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), has been working at Regional Mental Health Center for 10 years. She received a Bachlor's degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Education from Purdue University. Lucinda is an ongoing member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Indiana Counseling Association (ICA). Her professional experience during the past 20 years includes various clinical and developmental services which were provided within settings including shelters for battered women and children; elemetary, middle and high schools; home-based, correctional, and outpatient. She provides services to children, adolescents and adults. The instant Lucinda was introduced to Rapid Resolution Therapy, she was more than enthused and devoted not only to learn more about RRT, but also to become an active practitioner of an approach that has provided individuals with life changing experiences.
Joan Wolford, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), has more than thirty years of experience within the Regional Mental Health Center system. A proud native of Iowa, she graduated from North Park College in Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Masters in Social Work. Joan has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, adolescent residential, home-based family treatment, therapeutic foster care, and child and adolescent day treatment. For the past 10 years, she has been working in the Merrillville Adult Outpatient Program. Initially intrigued and curious about Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT), Joan remembers thinking it sounded too good to be true. However, after seeing the clinical outcomes and results of clients being served with this approach, she quickly became an enthusiastic practitioner and an eager on-going student in this revolutionary approach to treatment.
Jared Eaton is a licensed clinical psychologist in Indiana and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Practitioner. Dr. Eaton has been working at Regional Mental Health Center since 2015. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army before going to Michigan State University to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He continued his education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Eaton has worked in a number of clinical settings including community mental health, adolescent and adult outpatient settings, a therapeutic day school, and college counseling. At Regional Mental Health Center, he is on the Pre-Doctoral Internship committee and provides supervision to one of our pre-doctoral interns. Since learning about RRT, Dr. Eaton has dove right in and started using RRT with his clients and has been seeing life transforming results.
Rapid Resolution Therapy Helpful Links:
- Local Therapist Brings Rapid Trauma Treatment To Region
- June 2017 Times article