One of ImTT's most important breakthrough is in the treatment of traumatic memories. Traumatic memories are linked with intense pain, terror, guilt, *and/or shame. Resolving these memories usually requires the person to re-experience the feelings in order to release and process the feelings. If the person is unable to experience the feelings, no release or healing will occur. The difficulty is that no one wants to re-experience their intense feelings. Often, even after a successful session, the client does not want to do it again because of the intense pain or terror that he *has had to feel. In addition, the person may become so flooded with feelings that no processing takes place *which they experience as retraumatizing.
ImTT is totally unique because the person does not have to experience the intense pain, terror, guilt, *and/or shame. In fact, the person is specifically instructed to not experience the feelings. In ImTT, experiencing the feelings actually interferes with the release process. Instead, the person is instructed to view the feelings as if from a distance. Then the person is guided through the Pain/Terror Release Protocol (P/TRP) which gently and very effectively releases the feeling.
After the feeling is released with the P/TRP, the vivid memory of the trauma is deconstructed using the Image De-Construction Protocol. *The result is that the person will, of course, remember the event but only as a distant memory with no power to hurt or terrorize.
The reaction of both clients and therapists to ImTT treatment for trauma is so positive that, *once the ImTT treatment is experienced, neither clients nor therapists want to utilize whatever method of treatment they had previously been using. Clients actually enjoy (rather than dread) coming to therapy because ImTT treatment is so easy and effective. Therapists enjoy ImTT treatment because they are no longer required to *tackle one of the most difficult challenges in trauma treatment—getting the person to experience their feelings while at the same time not becoming overwhelmed or dissociating in session. With ImTT, these challenges are no longer a problem.
ImTT really is major breakthrough in the treatment of traumatic memories.
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