NLP R & R project: an update on the PTSD research studies

I am delighted to be able to report on the exciting project being conducted by the NLP Research and Recognition team, based in the US and spearheaded by the charismatic Dr Frank Bourke and his side kick Dr (Professor!) Rick Gray. The NLP Research and Recognition Project has brought together leading Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Academics and former and current serving military personnel to develop an effective treatment protocol for PTSD. This is only our first step. Our aim is to research treatment protocols for other clinical conditions, and to demonstrate where possible the clinical effectiveness of NLP (Sounds like a book title to me!!)

Between Frank and Rick and with the assistance of Steve Andreas and Rich Liotta, they have developed a trauma protocol based in NLP that eliminates the symptoms of PTSD. Treatment time is less than 5 hours by trained psychologists and psychotherapists. There are some significant differences between the RTM Trauma Protocol and the VKD or Fast Phobia Cure taught on most NLP courses. Rick Gray with his lovely enquiring mind has identified the optimum conditions necessary for reconsolidation of traumatic memories and has incorporated this into the protocol. More will be revealed!

The Research and Recognition Project have tested the protocol 5 times under strict laboratory conditions and are demonstrating a statistically significant lessening in PTSD symptoms in over 90% of study participants. These participants have experienced complete elimination of their nightmares, flashbacks and PTSD emotional symptoms.

As the Project continues to roll out across the US, we are already in discussion with Kings College London on researching the protocol with UK veterans. Our aim is to conduct a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) comparing the NLP trauma protocol with the CBT trauma protocol.

One of my joys has been to work with a CBT psychologist to map out the similarities and differences between CBT and NLP. My aim in this session is to share the findings, and discuss with you what this means for the NLP field and particularly for those of you who want to work in a more therapeutic way.

By Lisa de Rijk