When to Use RLT


The Right Left Technique (RLT) has many uses.  Here are a few:

A.  For Mental and Emotional Pain

Almost all mental disorders and emotional disturbances have psychological trauma as a part of their makeup.  RLT will heal the psychological trauma while keeping the subject calm. 

B.  Physical Injuries

If a person loses a leg, the psychological trauma associated with the loss can prevent him or her from having a normal psychological life.  When the loss of a leg changes the physical life, RLT will heal the psychological trauma.

RLT does not treat the disorder or injury, itself.  Instead, it treats the psychological trauma associated with the problem.  This allows the subject to live life much more fully.


C.  To Relax 

RLT’s relaxing benefits can relieve pressure.  Always striving to do our best during tests or in front of people can prove quite taxing.  Use RLT to relax before and during events, such as students during testing, actors before performances, and employees before high power meetings.  Using RLT after an event can prevent residual trauma.

 When “Little t” trauma or a hidden trauma produces stresses at work or makes life too difficult to handle, we use RLT to eliminate that trauma, and to relieve that stress. 


-->D.              -->For Sleep Disorders

When a sleep disorder has its root in “Little t” trauma or “Big T” trauma, RLT can be used to relax people so they can sleep.  Even major trauma, worked on at bedtime, does not prevent sleeping.


E.  To Heal Phobias and to Stop Panic Attacks

 Phobias and panic attacks are the result of triggering traumatic events from the past.  In some cases, the initial event is no longer remembered, but still, reactions to the trigger are felt.  In this case, use RLT on the reaction or feeling when the results of the phobias or panic attacks occur. 



F.  To Cure Rage

 When trauma is triggered, rage can result.  When rage becomes great enough, it may be expressed through the body as physical aggression.  Emotional or physical aggression is difficult on those nearby.  Spouses and children are especially vulnerable. 

 RLT eliminates the trauma, and therefor eliminates the rage – neither the trauma nor the rage will reappear.  If the rage is not caused by a trauma, then professional help may be needed.


G.  To Overcome Anxiety

 RLT helps anxiety over an upcoming test, performance, or in new or distressing situations.  RLT can release any trauma associated with anxiety, and will help the subject to relax before the event.


H.  Nightmares and Flashbacks

 Nightmares and flashbacks are examples of trauma that has been suppressed, but returns at later times.  Usually the trauma is from “Big T” type trauma, such as war experiences.  Nightmares and flashbacks usually appear when the subject is relaxed and not expecting it.  RLT will eliminate the trauma, which in turn eliminates the nightmares and flashbacks.


I.  To Eliminate Night Terrors

 Psychotherapists cannot agree upon a cause for night terrors, and no cure existed before EMDR, and now RLT.  

 RLT has to deal with the cause of night terrors, which can last from ten to sixty minutes.  People do not remember their terrors, making treatment tricky and difficult.

 A comparison of night terrors, nightmares and sleepwalking follows:


Night Terrors

·   Muscles are more activate

·   Person does not remember upon awakening

·   The person may seem to be awake, but is asleep

·   Happens during non REM sleep

·   More intense and lasts longer than nightmares



·   Muscles may seem frozen and disconnected

·   The person may remember upon awakening

·   Person seems and is asleep

·   Happens during REM sleep




·   Muscles are more active

·   Person does not remember upon awakening

·   The person may seem to be awake, but is asleep


J.  For Crime Victims

 Because the Right Left Technique does not affect the memory of a person, RLT can be used in violent crime cases such as rapes and assaults.  The trauma in these cases is eliminated without changing or altering the victim’s memory.  In fact, it may improve the memory of the victim.

 The victim should use RLT during a) police questioning, b) when accusing their attacker, and c) on the witness stand.  RLT allows the victim to remain in emotional control throughout the ordeal. 

 RLT is a calming technique that helps heal the trauma from violent events.  It prevents re-traumatizing the victim, any time the traumatic event is retold.

 A major component of police questioning is ensure that they do not implant false memories into the victim.  RLT neither uses autosuggestion nor implants false memories.


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