The RTM Protocol is a non-drug, cognitive therapy that re-programs the neurological connection between the brain’s feeling center and specific traumatic memories. It is best described as a relaxed reimaging procedure. In its first scientific study, the protocol removed PTS symptoms in 96% of the combat veterans treated without medication or the need for long term counseling. It takes 3 to 5 hours to administer. After administration the clients can recall and talk about the traumatic events without reliving them and becoming upset. Most importantly, the nightmares, flashbacks and directly related negative emotions cease.
During extremely traumatic events, certain parts of the brain responsible for creating memories become highly active, especially the amygdala. “The amygdala's role is to alert us to danger and stimulate the body's 'fight or flight' reaction”. During life threatening events some traumatic memories become lodged in the amygdala and are extremely resistant to eradication. They recur regularly in nightmares and flashbacks and appear to be a genetically programmed response to keep us alert and ready to fight or flee in future similar situations. Unlike normal memories we cannot control our terrified feelings when remembering them or associated situations or stimuli. For example, many survivors of the World Trade Center report that they cannot look at pictures of the building without reliving the memory of their traumatic experiences.
The RTM Protocol works by separating the traumatic feelings from the traumatic memories during a relaxed reimaging procedure. During the sessions, clients are showed how to dissociate themselves from their traumatic memories and while separated from any feelings of terror and fear, to make changes to the specific trauma memories so that the neurological connection between the feeling center of the brain and the client’s traumatic memories is altered. After treatment, in order to test the protocol, clients are asked to retell their traumatic experiences. They often stop after a few minutes and say something like, “What’s happened to me…………I haven’t been able to talk about this without being overcome with feelings for twelve years”.
VETERANS AND ACTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS SUFFERING FROM RECURRING NIGHTMARES AND FLASHBACKS
RELATED TO COMBAT EXPERIENCES
FOR A RESEARCH STUDY OF A NEW EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT
FOR TRAUMATIC MEMORIES
IF YOU, SOMEONE CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MILITARY, OR A VETERAN THAT YOU
KNOW HAS NIGHTMARES OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES AND FLASHBACKS
OF TRAUMATIC MEMORIES
THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A PILOT STUDY OF A FORM OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY SUPERVISED BY A STATE LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST.
THE PROTOCOL REQUIRES FIVE TWO HOUR VISITS
Pilot Study utilizing the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Protocol for the Treatment of PTSD
This is a totally anonymous study, its results will not be reported to medical or military authorities and your identity will be protected. Participants will be given complete anonymity.