Coming Home with PTSD
Fast, Safe, Effective, Easy
PTSD and Other Traumas
A Self Help Procedure
Donald R. Reif
Jocelan Rainey Reif
Coming Home with
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Table of Contents
The Authors vi
What is Psychological Trauma 2
Coming Home with PTSD 3
RLT and “In Combat” 5
Healing Trauma 9
Right Left Technique Procedure 11
Case Examples Using RLT 17
History of Right Left Technique (RLT) 25
Your Future with RLT 28
We read a book about natural healing and it began with the best disclaimer we have ever read.
It is incredible to us that in this so-called enlightened era we have “politically correct speech.” No longer free speech. We must now put a disclaimer as a preface to our ideas, expressions and opinions. Forbid the thought that some unsuspecting victim should be gullible enough to believe us and claim to be harmed by these ideas, thus ensuring a flood of lawsuits aimed at squashing all the rights of people like us from freely expressing their ideas. So here goes:
Before reading this book be sure to check with your physician, psychiatrist, therapist, your politicians, your priest, pastor, or rabbi and anyone else you feel is smarter than you. Then use the information in this book to heal and prevent your trauma.
This book is
simply our opinions and conclusions and therapists for the most part
disagree with us on the simplicity, safety, effectiveness and speed of
results. We are not attempting to prescribe this as a medically
therapeutic treatment. Under the laws of the
Only you are responsible if you use the Right Left Technique without the blessing and sanction of the medical and legal professions.
Jocelan Rainey Reif
As you use the Right Left Technique (RLT) to heal past trauma, prevent current trauma, and work on new trauma as it arises, you will become increasingly more in charge of yourself and you will have better relationships. In short, your self respect will grow, you will become more and more the person others want to be around, a person whom others can depend upon and look to for leadership. Your pleasure in work, in others, and in life itself, will increase as you use and pass on this incredibly simple and incredibly effective life enhancing tool.
One of the authors, a retired professional engineer, started using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) on his wife. After several sessions it became obvious that the EMDR procedure is unnecessarily long and complicated. He and his wife simplified the procedure to five steps, called Simplified EMDR.
They then discovered that only one step was needed, with “knee patting” as the most convenient rhythmical movement while talking about the trauma. They called this the Right Left Technique (RLT). Examples of their experience and the lessons they learned can be found in the chapter “Case Examples of RLT.” Based on their experiences, these two people then co-authored the book, “Fast Trauma and Stress Relief" and the website TraumaZapper.com. This book, “Coming Home with PTSD” was written at the suggestion of a close therapist friend.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care
who gets the credit.”
Harry S. Truman
President of the
The purpose of this book is to help veterans and police officers when they return home with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or psychological trauma.
This book will take up where the book “On Combat” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, leaves off, the elimination of psychological trauma.
This is a self-help book that teaches people how to help themselves when they are affected with psychological trauma or stress. The information contained herein is the opinions and conclusions of the author and his wife, based on their experiences in helping people.
For anyone who sincerely wishes to change their life for the better, the Right Left Technique (RLT) will solve problems associated with psychological trauma, stress, panic, anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, PTSD, phobias (fear) and other trauma related effects. RLT will NOT solve character defects, personality disorders or other life problems by itself, but healing can still occur in conjunction with conventional and/or group therapy. RLT is compatible with all methods of psychological counseling and therapies.
What is Psychological Trauma?
Webster’s dictionary definition trauma as:
a) A disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury
b) An emotional upset, the personal trauma of an executive who is not living up to his own expectations.
Trauma is an automatic reaction learned from what the mind:
a) Believes to be a life threatening experience or,
b) Reaction learned from a long term or on-going bad experience.
In nature, humans and animals learned to use trauma for survival. In a safe environment, trauma is no longer needed. Indeed, it’s even harmful when one is in a peaceful environment. Fortunately, RLT removes trauma.
There are two types of trauma: “Big T” and “Little t.”
Big T traumas are individual traumatic events, such as rape, death of a loved one, violence, an accident in an airplane, train or car, and war experiences.
Little t trauma is long term or ongoing negative experiences such as constant criticism, unrelenting teasing, or being ignored. Constant put-downs, such as being told over and over that “You are stupid” or “You will never amount to anything” are little t events.
RLT works with big T and little t traumas. Both types leave the traumatized person feeling out of control. RLT allows people to maintain self-control, which then enables them to deal with a problem or challenge with logical and reasonable responses. Before using RLT, people’s trauma often presses them to over-respond. Actions like rage, fight, flight, freeze (going to sleep, or in extreme cases, catatonia), and illnesses of unknown origin become common.
Coming Home with PTSD
One day the soldier is in
a hostile environment the next day
he is on an airplane and back in the
When the warrior returns to his family for the first time the emotions are high and the trauma may not be apparent. When he is relaxed, he and his family will realize he is not the same person that left for battle. The soldier will have to adjust to the fact that home does not seem normal. He is out of place. He no longer belongs home. He belongs back with his buddy, or team taking on the bad guys.
There will be times when a flashback will occur. Walking along when a sound or sight will suddenly put him back in the battle. You relive the trauma when ever it is triggered. You body goes into the fight or flight mode. Your blood pressure and heart rate increase. Sweat breaks out and you are put on extreme alert. You become jumpy. It will take some time before you can return to normal. Meanwhile people around you will wonder what happened. They can’t see what you see or hear. You feel and look strange to them.
Nighttime becomes a frightening time of day. The nightmares and night terrors keep you on edge, not able to go back to sleep or even relax. In the morning you are tired and grouchy and irritable. Depression can set in. Life does not seem worth living. You may even think suicide might be the answer.
Your wife has been running the family, paying the bills, running the errands, planning the family goals. In other words, she has been doing her job and your job. Now your plans and goals are not the same as hers. There will be conflicts. She will feel the different you. You look at things differently now. Maybe more harden or just don’t give a dam.
The kids will be affected also. They will wonder what happened to their old dad. The kind gentle dad they knew before. You may not have the patience you had before.
Because the warrior has been away for sometime, the change will be greater than the policeman who comes home everyday. For the policeman, the change will be slow and the change not as apparent. But he will change. This can lead to divorce or suicide.
There is Help
Most treatment programs teach how to live with the trauma but RLT teaches how to eliminate the trauma. Why isn’t the trauma helped with talk therapy or group therapy?
The Right Left Technique (RLT) is a procedure that does just that. RLT causes the right and left hemispheres of the brain to communicate and move the trauma from the trauma area to memory. In memory, the trauma now is just a bad memory that cannot be triggered and cause unwanted behavior.
RLT and “On Combat”
“On Combat” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is a great book for any one going into a life and death saturation like combat or law enforcement. This book takes up where Lt. Col. Dave Grossman leaves off, how to eliminate trauma. When the soldier or policeman is traumatized and needs help with the trauma, the Right Left Technique (RLT) will provide that help. RLT does not teach how to live with the trauma but eliminates it.
Following are some areas of the book “On Combat” that RLT would help the soldier or policeman:
Page: 2, 3 Universal Human Phobia
1st Killing (98% population have a phobia response)
2nd Next most common is snakes (15 %)
3rd Next is public speaking
Comment: RLT’s relaxing benefits can relieve emotional pressure and stress. This keeps you calm, ensuing better learning ability and better performance. Taking tests or giving presentations in front of people can prove quite taxing. RLT helps with this. Students can use RLT before and during exams, actors before their performances, and employees before an important meeting.
Using RLT after an event will help you calm down from the excitement generated by the strain of your performance.
When little t trauma or a hidden trauma produces stress at work, or makes life too difficult to handle, use RLT to eliminate that trauma and to relieve that stress.
Page 12 After 60 days and nights of constant combat, 98% of all soldiers became psychiatric casualties. 2% are aggressive sociopaths.
Comment: RLT will help with the after psychiatric combat casualties by eliminating their trauma. All combat trauma is of little t or big T type of trauma. Their trauma can be a combination of both little t and big T traumas. The RLT will eliminate both types.
Page 16 After several adrenaline rushes, there is a need to relax.
Comment: RLT is a very good relaxing technique as well as a stress and trauma elimination technique.
Page 42 Test anxiety
Comment: RLT also works with all types of anxieties as will as test anxiety.
Page 44 After a shooting when Office Peterson needed to come down from an adrenaline rush, a calming method was needed.
Comment: RLT is a powerful calming technique and would have helped Officer Peterson calm down.
Page 156 A discusses of nightmares, flashbacks, PTSD, and the universal nightmare and performance anxiety dream are discussed but no conclusion is provided.
Comment: The universal nightmare and the performance anxiety dream mentioned in “In Combat” can both be healed with RLT. The universal nightmare and the performance anxiety dream are caused by little t.
Little t is a low level trauma that occurs often and builds each time it occurs. Example: soldiers on patrol where the tension and anxiety of the unknown improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mines, being shot at, or the next traffic stop. It’s us against them syndrome.
The other type of trauma, big T is a traumatizing event. Example: a buddy dying in your arms or the act of killing. This is true of killing women or children with guns or an accident.
Trauma no matter its cause can be helped with RLT. All battlefield and police work psychological trauma are either little t or big T trauma.
RLT as talked about in TraumaZapper.com heals nightmares, flashbacks, and PTSD. It will also help with the universal nightmare and performance anxiety dream.
Page 157 The only way to communicate to your puppy is to train him.
Comment: RLT communicates with you puppy to relieve nightmares, flashbacks, PTSD, and other psychological trauma
Page 167 Response Stages to taking a life:
1. Survivor Euphoria – Intense relief and satisfaction
2. Remorse and nausea – Vomit after first kill
3. Lifelong rationalization and nausea – Paths to PTSD
Comment: With the RLT one can add a fourth stage: 4. Healing – Use RLT to heal the PTSD nightmares and other trauma. There is no need for lifelong rationalization and nausea when RLT is used. Step 3 becomes a temporary condition.
Page 170 It is madness to let your combat experiences harm you after the battle, if you could have prevented it through prior preparation.
Comment: If trauma has occurred, it can be eliminated by using RLT.
Page 283 Two rules given to cope with death:
1. Come to terms of reality
2. Separate memory from emotions
Comment: With the RLT one can add a third rule: 3. Get rid of the trauma dealing with death using RLT.
There are seven stages of grief:
1. Shock (Traumatizing)
6. Letting Go
7. Living with or eliminating the trauma
Step 7 can be living with the death or by using RLT eliminating the trauma.
Page 284 Your healthy, long-term survival requires that you make peace with the memory.
Comment: RLT will turn that PTSD into memory that will allow you peace. RLT moves trauma from the trauma area of the brain to memory where it can no trigger unwanted reaction. Here the trauma becomes just a memory that may be sad but no longer causes unwanted behavior.
Page 286-7 Pages 286 and 287 deals with living with PTSD.
Comment: With RLT, PTSD can be eliminated. Why live with PTSD when one can eliminated it safely, quickly and painlessly. RLT is also natural, effective, and simple.
When the action is over and the soldier or policeman need to rest or return to normal sociality, he can use RLT to get rid of his nightmares, flashbacks, and psychological trauma. RLT can be a self help technique and in group therapy it can prevent compassion trauma from occurring. Compassion trauma is a little t trauma that comes from hearing other peoples trauma.
Even when a person cannot remember the original traumatizing event, RLT still works. In this situation, while using RLT, the person talks about their reactions and feelings when something activates the trauma. RLT removes people’s trauma, when they perform the right left motion and talk about the trauma’s effects.
RLT works to heal trauma. With RLT, you apply stimulus alternately to the right and then to the left side of the body, and there for the right and left hemispheres of the brain, in a repeated cycle.
RLT works with or without the need of a second person. That’s because this is a self help technique that you can accomplish alone. Working alone eliminates trauma that you don’t want others to know about.
The Right Left Technique is not only compatible with other therapies, but in fact enhances the effectiveness of those other therapies.
RLT removes trauma, rather than re-traumatizing the person each time they face the trauma-producing circumstance.
Anyone can use RLT as a relaxing technique. Because of this, a person does not need to solely teach RLT as a trauma solver. Instead, the byproduct of using RLT for relaxation is that people’s trauma will still be solved.
Night terrors are a special case and will be covered here in detail.
Night terrors or sleep terrors are episodes of fear, flailing and screaming while asleep. Night terrors are characterized by repeated episodes of abrupt awakening, usually with a panicky scream, and accompanied by intense anxiety, confusion, agitation, disorientation, unresponsiveness, marked motor movements, and total amnesia concerning the event. They may not calm down for 10 or 15 minutes, although they return to sleep quickly once the episode ends.
Trauma, especially of combat experiences or policeman’s experiences can be the cause of night terrors. Night terrors may be also caused by unresolved psychological conflicts, traumatic events or fatigue.
· Muscles are more active than during dreams
· Person does not remember any events upon awakening
· The person may seem to be awake, but is asleep
· Happens during non REM sleep
· More intense and lasts longer than nightmares
Nightmares (Bad Dreams)
· Muscles may seem frozen and disconnected
· The person may remember the nightmare upon awakening
· Person seems and is asleep
· Happens during REM sleep
· Muscles are more active than during a dream
· Person does not remember any events upon awakening
Because there is amnesia with the night terrors, RLT can not be used as it is with nightmares. Right Left Technique must be used on the cause of the night terrors, trauma. By eliminating the trauma that is causing the night terror, the night terror is eliminated. Treatment with drugs will only treat the symptoms and not the cause of the night terror.
Right Left Technique Procedure
Please do not underestimate the following simple and short RLT procedure. RLT is the most powerful and fastest procedure there is to heal and prevent psychological trauma. RLT is also a powerful relaxing technique.
One example of a rhythmical motion is to alternate the right hand touching the right knee, while the left hand is in the air, then with the left hand touching the left knee, while the right hand is in the air, and then repeating the pattern. This alternating motion is approximately one second per complete cycle.
Subject is the person who is being helped to overcome their trauma.
Rhythmical Movement is any rhythmical, alternating or repetitive motion that stimulates first the right side of the body, and then the left side. Ensure that this rhythm is approximately one second for each complete cycle.
While seated, the subject and helper both place their hands upon their knees. Each raises their right hand and pats their right knee. Then each raises their left hand and pats their left knee. Continue this side to side patting. Again, this complete cycle takes about one second.
Many Rhythmical Movements are useful in RLT: Use each movement below as an alternating movement:
Visible Motions *
• Repetitively touching knees
• Eye movement, back and forth
• The “Butterfly” – arms crossed, with hands patting the upper arms
• Finger and thumbs touching, then not touching
Hidden Movements *
• Moving toes of each foot inside the shoes
• Hands or fingers, perhaps under a blanket
• Squeezing arms when arms are crossed with the thumbs
• Tongue, side to side
External Stimulation *
• Sound in one ear and then the other
• Light that causes the eyes to move from right to left
• Vibration from opposing sides of the body
* Any side to side stimulation will cause the desired affects. Every alternating movement or stimulation must stimulate both sides of the body. Use the motion that is the most comfortable for you at the time.
Helper is someone who ensures that the Subject continues the rhythmical movement while relating their trauma. If the Subject forgets to continue the movement, the helper can exaggerate the motion, thereby reminding the subject to continue.
The Helper should mimic the Subject’s right/left movement during the story, not only to remind the Subject to keep going, but also to keep from being traumatized by hearing the Subject’s trauma.
Trigger is something (a look, sound, thought, or action) that causes the Subject to have an automatic reaction to the original trauma, without their thinking about it. The automatic reaction leaves the Subject with a feeling of being out of control. This out of control feeling may be physical, or may be only in their thought or emotion.
a) Secrets do not need to be told to others
b) The technique is relaxing
c) Instead of paying therapy fees, RLT costs nothing
d) RLT is safe, natural, fast and easy.
Sometimes a traumatized person needs help to continue the rhythmical movement when they are talking about their trauma. This second person is called a helper. Another way a helper can assist is to ask questions if the person seems to have a mental block.
a) The helper can tell the subject to visualize and describe the trauma in their own words. These words can be said out loud or silently.
b) The helper can have the subject describe their feelings about the trauma.
c) The helper can remind the subject to keep the right left movement going as he or she talks
Relaxing With RLT
RLT’s relaxing benefits can relieve emotional pressure and stress. This keeps you calm, ensuing better learning ability and better performance. Taking tests or giving presentations in front of people can prove quite taxing. RLT helps with this. Students can use RLT before and during exams, actors before their performances, and employees before an important meeting.
Using RLT after an event will help you calm down from the excitement generated by the strain of your performance.
When little t trauma or a hidden trauma produces stress at work, or makes life too difficult to handle, use RLT to eliminate that trauma and to relieve that stress.
Prevention of Trauma
When you are in a trauma producing situation, or as quickly thereafter as possible, perform the RLT alternating procedure as described above. If circumstances do not allow the alternating procedure (when you have to use your hands for something, or you’re too busy doing other things), perform the self-treatment as quickly after the event as you can.
If you are standing, and it is not easy to reach your knees, you can
a) Cross your arms, and place your hands on the upper outside of the arms.
b) Start patting in a rhythmical, alternating, repetitive motion.
c) At the same time, describe to yourself what you have just witnessed or experienced and how it made you feel.
When someone is talking about the event that caused their trauma, you, as the listener or helper, should also perform the RLT alternating procedure, as described above. This will prevent you from becoming traumatized when you hear their story. This transfer of trauma from the traumatized person to the helper has many names. Some of them are:
a) Compassion Trauma
b) Compassion Fatigue
c) Compassion PTSD
d) Vicarious Trauma
This transfer of trauma from one person to another is called “compassion trauma.” Multiple exposures of compassion trauma can lead to burnout.
Prevention of Burnout
One cause of burnout is from repetitively hearing other people’s traumas. There is a trauma transfer from the traumatized person to the helper called compassion trauma. Burnout will not occur if the helper uses RLT on himself while listening to the stories.
Negative experiences can build up over time. When they do, we call this little t. A person can live through so many little t s that they reach burnout and can no longer function normally. Three examples where little t occurs are group therapy, pastors when they console their flocks after a natural disaster and married couples discussing sensitive problems.
A person goes to group therapy for help, such as for drug or alcohol abuse, and hears other people’s trauma stories, those other traumas transfer from the person talking to the people listening. Each trauma builds in the listeners, each time others relate their trauma. To prevent this little t transfer, and to heal the trauma of the speaker, everyone should use RLT during each story.
When a major disaster occurs, such as a hurricane, a pastor is traumatized by the hurricane like everyone else. But the pastor re-traumatizes each time a parishioner comes to him for help and tells their story. Eventually, he reaches burnout. To prevent the pastor’s burnout, and to overcome the parishioner’s trauma, both should use RLT each time they meet.
When couples, such as a husband and wife, are in an emotionally charged discussion (money, family problems, etc.) both people should use RLT to remain relaxed and to help maintain or improve their relationship. RLT prevents little t from being formed or reacted upon, during this time.
Things to Remember About RLT
• People tend to forget to KEEP the rhythmical movement going as they relate their trauma. RLT WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT THE ALTERNATING RHYTHMICAL MOVEMENT that stimulates the opposite sides of the body. This movement causes the right and left hemispheres of our brain to communicate with each other.
• Some people find it hard to believe that the simple RLT procedure can have such profound, positive and life changing results. This book’s authors still feel amazed at how quickly, easily, safely, and effectively RLT works.
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• People tend to forget that they can perform RLT on their own and that they do not need a helper. RLT can be performed anywhere, at anytime.
• You must work on each trauma, one at a time. If you experienced four traumatic events in the past, then you must work on each of these, individually. You can do this in one session, or in multiple sessions. In a short time you will eliminate all traumas, and your confidence level will soar.
• RLT will not heal character defects, personality disorders or other life problems. You may also need conventional therapy. Help clinics and therapy groups are great resources.
• Your memory is not “washed”; traumatizing events are not erased from your memory. You may feel sad when you recall the traumatic events, but you will not experience the uncontrolled thoughts or reactions that you did before. Instead, you will be in control. This is when you know that RLT has worked.
Case Examples Using RLT
The following case examples are testimonies of how RLT works with each contains a lesson learned. Names are changed to protect privacy, except Jocelan and Ben, who gave permission to tell their story.
RLT started with the author and his wife, Jocelan. When they met, it was love at first sight. But then Jocelan’s trauma, and therefor her behavior, started to affect their relationship. In Jocelan’s own words:
When the last of the people who had caused me the deepest sorrow and anguish and pain (these were always the people closest to me, generally family) had passed away (or were out of my life by my own choice), I now believed I would be able to lead a productive and fulfilling life with Don, the man I loved and who loved me. I have always loved the Lord and been of a naturally forgiving nature, never dwelling on or nursing past hurts or injustices, but always looking up and forward and pushing down and suppressing the negatives in my life. What I did not understand about human nature, and most of us fail to acknowledge, especially if we are Christians, is that yes, God can totally heal us and set us free from all of our past hurts, but experience has shown us that even in physical healing of a miraculous nature, in most cases God expects us to do our part: changes in our lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, healthier mental habits, scripture study and time alone with the Lord.”
One day Jocelan’s friend, Janet, told her of a new technique, EMDR. Susan, Jocelan’s daughter, had the second book on Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Jocelan and her husband decided to try the procedure.
Jocelan had been traumatized throughout her life. At first, the EMDR procedure was long and complex. Her husband simplified it and called it SEMDR. SEMDR had only five easy steps. Then SEMDR was reduced to one important third step, the desensitization step. This new one step procedure is called the Right Left Technique.
Lesson: The Right Left Technique (RLT) works. The important action is to get to the trauma fast, and to eliminate it quickly and safely. Everything else is less important.
Bill was an elderly man who was very suicidal and would not check into a hospital. When he tried RLT, he at first claimed that it was not working for him. Those around Bill could see the difference in his behavior after the first thirty minute session. About a week later, Bill began seeing the improvement, himself. He now has a new home, works out regularly, and instead of withdrawn and clothed with shame, he leads a peaceful and joyful life.
a trauma, using RLT, does not have a “wow” type of
feeling. The subject
realizes the trauma is gone when the previous trigger occurs, but they
experience no trauma.
Lifelong trauma can be eliminated at any age in a person’s life.
Ben was a ten year old boy who was frightened by a friendly dog when he was eighteen months old. He could not remember anything about the incident; he only knew what his parents told him. Whenever Ben saw a dog, he would hide behind his dad’s leg or in the bushes. The day after using RLT, Ben telephoned and told us he had played with the golden retriever next door all day long. After just four minutes of help with his trauma, Ben’s trauma was overcome.
Lesson: The remembering of the original trauma-causing incident is not required to eliminate that trauma. Just talk about the reactions caused by the trauma, and the accompanying feelings as they become triggered.
You can eliminate trauma in a very short time. This can be under four minutes in some cases.
Sam, an insurance man, was traumatized just an hour before he met with us, but he did not want to tell us about the trauma. We helped Sam without hearing about his trauma, because RLT does not require the subject to speak out loud. We walked Sam to his car as he left. On the way, he stopped and told us about the event that had traumatized him. With the trauma relieved, he was now relaxed enough to tell the story out loud.
Lesson: RLT relieves trauma even when the person does not talk out loud.
After RLT, people can talk about their trauma without stress.
Dan, now in his sixties, was traumatized as a young child, but could not remember anything about the traumatizing event. Whenever he saw a bee, Dan would freeze; his muscles simply would not move. After about four minutes of discussing his reaction to bees, while using RLT, the trauma was gone. A few minutes after using RLT, Dan in short pants, encountered several bees around his mailbox. He did not freeze, and the trauma was gone.
Lesson: RLT can eliminate lifelong trauma in less than four minutes.
Marvin had panic attacks in airports. He felt that his heart was going to stop or he would pass out. These attacks occurred every time he flew, and he flew regularly. One RLT session and the panic attacks stopped.
Lesson: Just because you talk about or repeat an action over and over, does not mean that the trauma will resolve itself. Each time you will just re-traumatize yourself. Instead, use RLT to resolve the trauma in a single session.
We had known Tim for some time, meeting him at church on Sundays. On one weekend we talked about RLT, little on how it worked and the procedures. He was very encouraged about it. Two weeks later we ran into Tim again, and he told us that RLT was a life changing experience. He had been going to a support group and always cried when telling his story. After RLT, for the first time he could tell his story without crying. He said he combined RLT with prayer and this helped him even more. The Trauma Prayer was born.
Lesson: Keep an open mind. You can learn from each case, and sometimes from people who have no previous experience.
One evening, my wife came into the living room and said that we have to go to the local church music team dinner, even though we are not team members. “The Lord told us to go.” said my wife. There was no argument after that.
At the dinner, everyone was asked to explain what he or she wanted to do in the coming year. “Keep working with our trauma ministry,” was our reply. With these words, a young woman indicated that she wanted to talk to us. It seems the Lord had told her to go to the dinner too, though she was not a music team member, either.
Dana had been traumatized throughout her life and had many issues, issues similar to those Jocelan once had. To escape, Dana had even left her family and changed her name. Using RLT, we resolved each trauma, one at a time.
Lesson: Each trauma needs to be worked on one at a time.
When the Lord says to go somewhere, Jocelan and Don go!
Shirley phoned us with the news that she discovered her husband dead on the living room floor. We comforted her, and told her how well RLT works with trauma. Together, over the phone, we described how to use the Right Left Technique, and worked with her until she was calm enough to go on. Later, she phoned us again and told us how well RLT had helped her.
Lesson: A helper does not need to be present in order to administer RLT.
Janet is a very special lady, the person who started us on the RLT journey. She had attended a lecture on EMDR, and gave us a copy of the lecture’s handouts to read.
Janet had the most violent background of any cases we have helped. She’d also had physical head trauma. With these in mind, her psychiatrist told her not to use the EMDR procedure on her own, because it might trigger seizures.
We worked with Janet after developing RLT. Only after going through the Right Left Technique with us was she able to finally put all the events of her past into the proper time sequence. And she did so without any seizures.
Lesson: Not always are professionals aware of the latest techniques. This one knew little about EMDR, and nothing about RLT.
Dawn was another example of a wonderful woman who had experienced a bad childhood and adult life. She suppressed the trauma while young, but as she aged the trauma controlled her life more and more. With RLT she faced the trauma, got rid of it, and learned to live a happier life.
Lesson: Suppressed trauma can show up later in life, and sometimes people use all their energy to control it. When control is impossible, bad things can result.
Helene was a foreign student at a local college and had difficulty taking tests. Anxiety interfered with her ability to do well. She discovered that if she practiced RLT before a test, it helped her to relax, and then she could do her best.
Lesson: The relaxing feature of RLT helps people to relieve anxiety and to perform better at their tasks.
While at a Christian Men’s Luncheon, the subject of RLT came up. One of the men at the lunch, Dave, had a friend who was deep in trauma and needed help. So the author gave Dave a copy of the RLT procedure. Several days later, Dave reported that his friend had read the literature and experienced life changing results.
Lesson: Just get the word out. RLT is a self help procedure, and can aid people you’ve not even met.
Kathleen went to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapist for six months. When she discovered she was pregnant, her therapist chose to defer EMDR until after she gave birth. The therapist felt it better for Kathleen to live with her trauma during pregnancy, than to treat that trauma immediately.
In the meantime, she obtained a book on EMDR, and lent it to the creator of RLT. Later, he gave Kathleen a copy of the RLT procedure. She used this new procedure on herself, and discovered that she no longer needed her therapist.
Since then, Kathleen has used RLT to help many people, and recommended others directly to RLT’s creator.
Lesson: It makes no sense to force a woman to suffer with trauma during pregnancy, nor any other time, when RLT – a relaxing technique as well as a healing technique – eliminates that trauma in as little as four minutes per trauma.
N. Judy and Jim
Judy moved from one side
Luckily, Judy had a
friend. Judy’s friend
knew about RLT and how it helps people with trauma, all over
Two months later,
Judy’s friend visited Jim and
Judy’s home in
The family’s old traumas are gone, so now they work only on new traumas when they arise.
with no personal
contact, RLT helped a couple that used it on their own. Because
free website, TraumaZapper.com, the true number of people helped by RLT
RLT is so simple, easy, and effective, that a novice benefits with no further instructions than to read the procedure, itself.
We learned that
Just after telling us
The following afternoon
my wife talked with
Lesson: The power of RLT was not yet known by this psychiatrist. He was correct that RLT has a relaxing effect, but he did not know that its main value is the elimination of trauma.
Kate was our next door neighbor. When her mother passed away we went to visit and to give our condolences. While there, we recognized
that Kate was experiencing emotional turmoil over problems that she and her mother had not reconciled before death.
Kate needed help to work through her grieving. So we assisted her with a single, thirty minute RLT session. When finished, Kate discovered that her traumas were now resolved, and she expressed great relief at the knowledge. Afterward, Kate continued with a normal grieving process.
Lesson: You may need to use RLT in situations where you did not expect it. For example, you might ask someone a question that accidentally triggers one of their past traumas, and that question might bring on a volley of verbal abuse against you, the poor victim. This is a time when you can immediately start using RLT to help that person. It might get you out of a tough jam, too.
A friend of ours knew a lady named Louisa. Louisa was having problem answering a list of questions in preparation for her upcoming court case. The anxiety she felt over the trial kept blocking her concentration, keeping her from accomplishing the task. By using RLT, our friend helped Louisa reduce her anxiety, which in turn enabled her to prepare for the trial.
Lesson: We had no contact with Louisa; she was helped through a third party. This is an example where spreading the word about RLT can enable third parties. Telling people how much RLT can help them IS WORKING.
History of Right Left Technique (RLT)
Francine Shapiro PHD discovered how to remove people’s trauma while they move their eyes back and forth, but her method is very complicated. She wrote a book to teach her new idea, and called it Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
But with eight phases and eighteen steps, EMDR is so complex that only trained professionals should use it. All those steps lengthened the treatment and clouded EMDR’s usefulness. Trauma relief was out of reach for the masses of people who could not afford psychiatry bills.
Starting with EMDR and its many steps, Simplified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (SEMDR) was created. SEMDR reduced the many phases and steps to only five complete steps. SEMDR’s ease of use was a great improvement over the plodding rituals of EMDR.
But that wasn’t enough. SEMDR was simplified to create the first use of the Right Left Technique (RLT). RLT has is now a fast, easy, safe and effective trauma reducing therapy for people of all ages. RLT is a single step that any one can use.
Shapiro, Ph.D., discovered EMDR. The book we used as an EMDR
EMDR, by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. and Margot Silk Forrest, Published by Basic Books, 1997.
differences between our RLT method and the EMDR method are as follows:
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RLT procedure - simple
EMDR procedure - complex
RLT procedure - easy
EMDR procedure - difficult
RLT procedure - fast
EMDR procedure - lengthy
RLT procedure - safe
EMDR procedure - can be dangerous*
RLT procedure - no cost
EMDR procedure - costly
RLT has one step
EMDR has 8 phases, 18 steps
Procedure - explained
Procedure is not explained
Requires professional EMDR training
Can be combined with prayer
No prayer mentioned in EMDR book
* See “Author and Published Disclaimer" of Dr. Shapiro's book, EMDR.
It is recommended that the reference book be read for background and for the history of EMDR. The referenced book goes into a lot more detail on the usage of EMDR and has a wider variety of subjects. Every place EMDR can be used, RLT can be used.
RLT is the CPR of Psychology
Why call RLT the CPR of psychology? Both CPR and RLT were developed with similar patterns. CPR started with:
a. In the beginning, only professionals should use CPR.
b. Later, only trained emergency people should use it.
c. Finally, the general public learned the training, also.
CPR opened to the public because doctors believe it is better to get a heart attack victim to the hospital alive with injuries, than to get them to the hospital after they die.
The treatment of trauma follows the same path. In the beginning, only professionals used EMDR. Today, with RLT, we can train emergency personnel and the general public to simply and easily eliminate trauma.
Using RLT by your self, without the help of psychotherapists, has some advantages over seeking professional help. These advantages are:
a. Secrets do not need to be told to others
b. The technique is relaxing
c. Instead of paying therapy fees, it costs nothing
d. It’s safe and natural
e. It’s fast and easy.
Your Future with RLT
You now have all you need to experience relief from trauma and to heal yourself and others of trauma’s negative effects. Except for one thing; your confidence in RLT. You gain this through using RLT. Some people, upon hearing about RLT, can use right it away. Others use RLT after a helper shows them how, and still others use RLT after merely reading about it on the free website TraumaZapper.com or in this book.
Because RLT is a relaxing technique, and because it is so effective and easy to use, you can start with any trauma, great or small, and gain experience and confidence with the RLT procedure. RLT has no negative effects. The only one way to gain experience and confidence is to JUST DO I!
RLT is a life changing experience that saves lives, marriages and a world of suffering.
Practice RLT regularly so that when a traumatizing event arises, the idea to USE RLT RIGHT NOW will pop into your mind and you will prevent the entire trauma.
Share RLT with everyone.
My Vision of the Future For the Right Left Technique (RLT) is:
I see school children everywhere learning the RLT butterfly and then practicing it all through every fire drill, earthquake drill and also practicing it in preparation for any scary event.
I see recruits in every branch of the military being instructed in RLT as part of basic training.
I see all military personnel using it during every mission debriefing. I see every Veteran Administration center, hospital, psychiatric ward, and out patient service for physical or psychic trauma using RLT.
I see every fireman, policeman, hospital trauma team, rape crises center, domestic violence safe house personnel, marriage counselor, and pastoral counselor using the RLT whenever needed.
I see victims on the witness stand boldly facing attackers, accurately remembering crimes calmly, and confidently under cross-examination (without being re-traumatized) in the retelling of their story because the trauma has been healed and they are using some form of RLT during the court room procedure to keep themselves relaxed.
I see RLT being taught to the general public and accepted like CPR is today. Trauma is so easy to get rid of that it does not make sense NOT to get rid of it and to prevent it.