Recently another therapist asked me what is the difference between RTT and NLP. To answer this question I turned to our trusted RTT Forum and found an excellent explanation from Marisa Peer herself.
Marisa Peer developed Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT) from over 30 years experience in her own practice working with many, many clients. She wanted to create something powerful and transformational that reflected the influences she has had over her work in her long career.
The various methodologies that influenced Marisa to develop RTT included hypnosis, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP). However, RTT extends beyond any of these techniques and is a one-of-a-kind therapy, developed on the idea that you don’t need a lifetime to learn, master and change the processes of the mind.
What is NLP?
NLP is a set of tools and techniques, and according to nlp.com, “is like a user’s manual for the brain. NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions.”
NLP and RTT similarities
Similar to NLP, RTT focuses on both your language and your mind. Both RTT and NLP will teach you how to converse more constructively with yourself. Both techniques will teach you better understanding of how your conscious and subconscious mind react towards your personal beliefs.
What is unique to RTT
RTT extends further than NLP, in that it not only teaches you how to communicate with your subconscious mind, it will also directly access and correct any barriers that may be holding you back.
RTT also uses hypnosis to reach the subconscious mind, employing regression techniques unique to RTT. This technique allows the mind to extend further than adopting only self-talk and programming language.
The unique layering of various techniques makes RTT far more effective in treating people in a single session.
RTT is far more all-encompassing than NLP as a treatment method. While learning how to communicate with your mind is an important part of the method, it is often not enough if someone has experienced severe trauma, emotional hurt, or disconnection.
You can’t fix what you don’t understand.
– Marisa Peer
Marisa states that she is a great believer that you can’t fix what you don’t understand. RTT works by first understanding how you picked up your self defeating behaviours and then freeing you from them for good using ‘Role, Function, Purpose’, the life-changing technique she created within RTT.
RTT also has a very large healing element using ‘Command Therapy’. This fabulous technique activates the body’s ability to heal and instruct itself how to react and how to feel. RTT can alter and improve the messages the body sends to the mind so disorders such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be permanently overcome.
Many doctors and other health professionals train in the RTT method, and have often commented to Marisa that what she teaches is a form of neuroplasticity. RTT is able to create new neural pathways in the mind while simultaneously removing old unhelpful messages.
I hope this post has cleared up any confusion around what is the difference between RTT and NLP and that you are able to understand the incredible benefits and powerful transformations that RTT offers.