What are the tools of RPT? How can I learn them?
RPT is a blend of tools (or techniques) and what we call structure (our approach to therapy). The tools are very simple and are all taught on the Level 1 RPT course. They can be taught within an hour.
The most important part of RPT is the structure. It’s like the difference between having a hammer and knowing where to hit with a hammer. The technique is extremely simple. But it takes some time to know how to use it. For example, it’s simple to heal or resolve trauma using RPT, but it takes time to learn which trauma to heal. (Only a very small percent of traumas actually create symptoms, and to find the trauma creating your specific symptom is a special skill. We call this the structure of RPT).
All of the techniques are taught on Level 1 RPT. The structure is taught progressively over Level 1, 2 and 3 RPT. Each course teaches different structures for use in different applications (such as addictions, depression, anxiety, physical symptoms, etc).
How is RPT different from psychotherapy or other talking therapies?
RPT is heavily influenced by psychotherapy, but RPT itself is not psychotherapy. In particular, RPT is not strictly a “talking therapy.” In psychotherapy the client usually achieves some improvement through insight (which might come from something the therapist says) or through words spoken by the client. Just talking about things is a useful tool in psychotherapy. Neither of these things are required in RPT. It’s not the RPT practitioner’s task to make insights or distinctions (though it can happen). And it isn’t necessary for the client to talk much. In fact, we ask the client to talk as little as possible.
RPT works as a highly structured guided process. The client starts by nominating a symptom or problem. The therapist guides the client through a series of questions designed to find the cause of the problem. The cause is usually something unconscious or forgotten. It may be a childhood trauma but not the sort of trauma which a client would tell a psychologist about if they were recounting their childhood.
How is RPT different from NLP (or time line therapy)?
RPT is not related to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). There is some overlap in the intention of both techniques (to find the cause of problems). As a result both techniques use a time line approach. However the approach taken in RPT is not Time Line Therapy (a tool used in NLP). Apart from this small overlap, the tools of RPT and NLP are unrelated. Many of our students have also studied NLP and they use the correct tool for each task. For example, NLP has more specialty focus on communication and linguistics. RPT is mostly non-verbal and is more specialised to permanently changing emotional states.
How is RPT different from spiritual healing, energy healing or other spiritual therapies?
RPT is not related to spiritual healing, energy healing or related techniques. There is no transmission of invisible energies. And whilst our results surely look “magical,” we assure you that there is no magic or trickery involved. All of our work can be explained by science and psychology.
We mean no disrespect to people who believe in spiritual healing and energies. We promise you though that once you see what can be achieved “without magic” you will re-consider your approach to such techniques.
Is RPT religious or spiritual?
RPT is not a religious or spiritual technique. There is some underlying spiritual philosophy which guided the development of the technique. This includes a Tantric philosophy of non-dualism. The RPT practises themselves are not based on any spiritual or religious premise.
On the RPT Level 2 course there is an exercise described as Emergence of the Soul. This is the only quasi-spiritual exercise within RPT. If your personal spiritual beliefs allow for the existence of the soul, then this exercise allows you to explore that. However if you are an atheist then you are encouraged to regard the soul as a metaphorical exercise that allows for the dissolution of unhealthy ego. The exercise works on a metaphorical level – the results of the exercise are the same for people who believe in the soul and for people who don’t.
Does RPT work on everyone?
There are some limitations to the application of RPT. In particular, RPT requires a person to feel feelings, instincts and changes in their body. If a person is completely disconnected from feelings, they may be unable to do the RPT process. We estimate that about 1-2% of the population have this problem. If you know that you can’t feel feelings or instincts in your body, please advise a RPT practitioner or trainer before booking into a RPT consultation or seminar. There may be exercises we can recommend to you or alternatives we can suggest which can help you. For people in this category RPT is a useful tool but not the first tool they need in their healing journey.