Working as a teacher in the alternative education niche for the last 13 years has taught me a lot about myself, humanity, and our minds. I am a teacher forever learning and seeking to meet the needs of my students. In doing so, I came to realize that you can teach creative hands-on lessons, take your students out on field trips to engage in the real world, and show them the skills they will need to succeed, but if they are experiencing a disconnect emotionally, learning inevitably takes the backseat.
Year after year I saw the results of talk therapy with my students and their parents; a lot of discussing the problem with the conscious mind, finding solutions with the logical brain — only to see the negative behavioral patterns return. I came to the conclusion that the problem can be rooted deeper than the conscious mind. If a child or adult can just choose the favored behavior over the negative then the story would end. But the story doesn’t end. It can often continue into the child’s adult life: addiction, obesity, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD.
Marisa Peer, a world renowned therapist based in London who has been working in the mental health field for over thirty years, turned traditional therapy on its head when she claimed that our habits and patterns of thought are all coded and developed in our subconscious mind between the ages of 0 and 7. She concluded this coding determines our resiliency, predisposition for addiction, emotional regulation, compulsive behaviors, and becomes the operating system for how we live our lives. From this research Peer developed a unique therapy called Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) that uses regression to tap into the subconscious mind, sourcing the root cause or reason for an issue.
According to Peer, the mind’s number one priority is to keep us alive. Somewhere in our childhood the mind developed a belief that it had to produce a behavior or issue in order to protect itself. Trauma that is left unprocessed can take root in the body physically or mentally. RTT addresses changing the belief around that trauma by finding the deep underlying subconscious beliefs that keep the habits or behaviors in a continuous cycle and releasing them. Peer believes that by tapping into the subconscious mind you can re-write those deep core beliefs in a way that gives the clients deep, permanent transformation.
I began to study under Marisa Peer to learn RTT therapy and am now a certified therapist living on the island. I am blown away by the life-changing results RTT is producing in my clinicals. My most recent clients were a mother and daughter who were seeking healing in their relationship. Both had fear and anxiety that manifested itself differently, affecting themselves and their relationship. I watched as RTT guided them and other families to peace and freedom after so many years of struggle. It has been incredible for me to witness these changes as a result of facilitating RTT.
I believe that when we begin to address the emotional and mental health of our families; only then can we begin to see true transformation and intentional healing.
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