Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM)
RTM begins by questioning the client until he or she responds physiologically. Typically, this includes changes in breathing, heart rate and vocal pitch. The response is only allowed to continue until the physiology changes. It is stopped before re-traumatization can occur.
The client is then walked through 3 levels of dissociation and image exercises that cause the memories to be reconsolidated.
When the trauma can be talked about with no discomfort, the intervention is presumed to have worked.
RTM is notable because:
- It causes little discomfort to the client.
- It can be administered in any normal quiet room by Masters level counselors after a 4 day intensive and 3 month mentored training.
- It does not involve drugs or costly equipment.
- It is a relatively quick therapy.
- Anecdotal evidence indicates long-term efficacy.
In clinical trials RTM removed the nightmare and flashback symptoms of PTS in less than half the time of current therapies, often in less than two or three sessions.
RTM administered shortly after veterans return home can remove the symptoms and stop the PTS Syndrome from developing.