How RTT differs from NLP

Written by Marisa Peer, founder of RTT, Rapid Transformational Therapy

The Differences Between NLP & RTT

When it comes to personal development and therapy, there are a lot of different methodologies out there to explore. It can be confusing for people just entering the field to understand what’s what, and it can be easy to be misled by salesman or knockoffs trying to emulate approaches that they did not pioneer, or don’t know much about.

When it came time to create my own therapy course after thirty years of practicing it myself, I really wanted to create something powerful and transformational that reflected all the influences I’ve had in my long career. I also wanted it to be very clear what it is, and what it is not.

It’s true that I’ve been influenced by lots of methodologies including hypnosis, CBT, psychotherapy, healing and neurolinguistic programming (or NLP). However, it would be incorrect to say my method is simply a summation of these parts. I truly believe my method, Rapid Transformational Therapy, or RTT, is one-of-a-kind and its ethos is guided by the unconventional idea that you don’t need a lifetime to learn, master and then change the processes of the mind.

Often, people who are learning about my RTT method—but who have not yet done the course—will say that it sounds very similar to NLP. Some even presume it’s NLP simply packaged differently. To avoid confusion, I wanted to write this post to explain the difference between the two methodologies.

According to NLP’s website, the method can be defined as: “NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; Programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind!”

It’s true that in a similar way to NLP, my RTT does focus on both your language and your mind. It’s also true that both NLP and RTT can teach you how to better dialogue with your mind, and understand the difference between what your subconscious and conscious mind believe.

But most of the similarities end there. RTT has the added—and crucial—step of not just teaching you how to communicate with your subconscious mind, but also directly accessing and fixing whatever blockages may be there. Using the regression technique that I teach, clients are able to reach breakthroughs via hypnosis that would not be possible if they were simply trying to reach their subconscious mind via altered language and self-talk.

After a long career as a therapist, I am proud of the reputation that I’ve earned. Central to that reputation is my ability to transform many of my patients in a single session. My ability to do that doesn’t come from a single methodology; it comes from the unique layering of techniques and beliefs that I teach on the RTT course. While using correct, up-to-date, and relevant language when talking to yourself is certainly a part of that, it serves as more of a reinforcement of breakthroughs, rather than the catalyst of them.

To be clear, I’m not saying that NLP is not a valid methodology. Many of the people who take my course have formerly studied in NLP. What I am saying is that RTT is far more all-encompassing as a treatment method. While learning how to dialogue with your mind is a part of the method, it is often not enough if you or a client has experienced severe trauma, emotional hurt, or disconnection. I am a great believer that you cannot fix what you don’t understand and RTT works by first understanding how you got your issues and then freeing you from them for good using a method I created called Role, Function and Purpose of any issue. It also has a huge healing element that uses command therapy to activate the body’s ability to heal and restore itself to wellness. Many Doctors have trained with me and commented that what I do is a form of neuroplasticity as RTT is creating new neural pathways in the mind while simultaneously removing of old unhelpful ones. I am immensely proud of this and always in awe of the powerful transformations brought about through RTT

I hope this has cleared up any confusion around the difference between NLP and RTT, as that is a question I am frequently asked.

Marisa Peer is a world renowned speaker, Rapid Transformational Therapy trainer and best-selling author. She has nearly three decades of experience as a therapist and has been named Best British Therapist by Men’s Health magazine and featured in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Doctors. Marisa uses her experience of treating clients including rock stars, CEOs, elite Olympic athletes, royalty and Oscar-winning actors to inform her life-changing speeches and lectures. She has been voted best speaker at numerous conferences including The Mastermind Group London and the Women in Business Superconference, Awesomeness Fest 2015 and The Royal Society of Medicine. In 2015, Marisa launched her Marisa Peer Method School, teaching her unique method for the first time to audiences in London, Canada, the US and Australia. You can find her online at: https://rapidtransformationaltherapy.com/