How Can ETT Help Your Clients?
Emotional Triggers Treatment is based on the principles of Memory Reconsolidation. Memory Reconsolidation is a relatively newly discovered area of brain function in neuropsychology. That function explains how the brain can clear and recover from old and imprinted material that is triggering us and interfering with the present. Trained practitioners can eliminate/reduce the triggers and prevent/reduce the fight-or-flight response so that the old imprints no longer determine responses to current situations. This allows us to be more present, focusing on what is actually happening without any interference from past events or trauma.
Origin of ETT
Catherine Warnock, LPCC, MA, NCC developed Emotional Triggers Treatment based on the fundamental principles of Memory Reconsolidation. After becoming proficient in a variety of methods, she created a procedure of steps that helps the brain recode unresolved trauma in a way that allows the client to remember the event(s) that occurred without reliving the negative feelings associated with the event(s). For more information about Ms. Warnock, please visit www.mariposacounselingcenter.com.
How Effective is Emotional Triggers Treatment?
Because a formal evidence-based study on ETT has not yet occurred, Catherine followed up with her clients to collect data. The data collected was self-reported by the clients.
Catherine's ETT data shows that about 90% of ETT clients report a positive impact within 6 months of finishing this treatment. For about 8% of the clients, no data was obtained and about 2% reported no observable change.
Most clients only need the intake session and one ETT session.
Practitioner Development in ETT
ETT uses mindful relaxation exercises, psychoeducation about the mind and trauma, and guided imagery. The fundamental principle that guides ETT practitioners is Memory Reconsolidation. Neuroscientists and neuropsychologists have discovered that Memory Reconsolidation allows the brain to update to a new narrative understood by the deepest parts of the mind. As Memory Reconsolidation becomes more widespread in the counseling and healing professions, it is revolutionizing the way that therapy is delivered. ETT is a protocol of steps that practitioner can follow that will provide their clients with the relief they seek. ETT is referred to as a treatment because it is not psychotherapy and involves a very structured procedure the practitioner uses to guide the client.