WHAT IS NNRT?
Negative Neuro-Pathway Reversal Therapy – NNRT is a new transformational change therapy- developed by Monica Black who isone of London’s leading Transformational Behavioural Therapy Life Coaches.Monica began practicing in 2000, and is a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Coach, Author, Supervisor, Educator, Developer, Trainer and Practitioner of NNRT.
Monica developed NNRT over a period of 6 years after attending a Bi-Lateral Eye Movement Therapy course (EMDR). Whilst traditional bi-lateral eye movement therapy was developed and used in the treatment of Trauma and PTSD, Monica found that when she used bi-lateral eye movement together with Clinical Hypnosis and/or NLP and/or Coaching and/or Mindfulness for almost all and any of the issues her clients presented with, their recovery was much faster than using each modality separately.
NNRTreally does exactly what it says “on the tin”, namely reverse negative unwanted thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories etc.quickly and effectively. In other words where Neuro-Pathways are firing and sending off negative messages.
So in short, NNRTuses Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Coaching, Bi-Lateral Eye Movements and Mindfulness for
treating Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), regulation of traumatic experiences including rape and child abuse.
It is used to negate most negative emotions that could hamper an individual from moving forward, as well as banishing unwanted bad habits such as stopping smoking, nail biting, and as an aid to sleep hygiene, eating more healthily etc. It is also used in the reduction of stress, anxiety, anger, fears /phobias, increasing self-esteem, confidence plus almost any condition whereby an individual is ’ stuck’, ‘can’t‘let go’ nor‘move forward’.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
NNRT helps reprocess negative experiences, thoughts, memories and emotions whilst the patient/client experiences and feels the actual aspects of the memory and emotions associated with it.
Why, you may ask, must the client/patent experience and feel the emotions, thoughts, feelings they wish to recover from, whilst the bi-lateral eye movement of NNRTis used?
The reason is that we can’t let go of something we don’t “own”. Usually when we don’t want to feel something we generally put on a brave face and try to push it away. When we do this, the unwanted feelings come at us even stronger. However as soon as we ‘own’ those feelings and feel them, we can begin to let go of them and start to heal.
It is believed when the bilateral stimulation of NNRTis used, biochemical changes are created in the brain that aid the processing of negative emotions and experiences.
A qualified NNRTtherapist guides their client/patient by asking them to follow the therapist’s index and middle fingers with their eyes, in formulated sequences, such as from side to side, a figure of eight and various other movements, in order re-set the brain’s neuro- pathways thus enabling the client/patient to perceive the negative stimulus in a different light.
Here is an example: an individual needed to ‘get over” a relationship break up. This person was not traumatised, suffering from depression nor PSTD but had a sadness that was holding him back from moving forward. His neuro-pathways were firing off negative messages to the effect of ‘you’ll never have another relationship’; ‘you didn’t handle things correctly’; ‘you messed up’; and so on and so forth.
Once NNRT was used, those negative thoughts evaporated, and he was able to move on with his life and his next relationship was a successful one.
NNRT works on many levels of the brain. The Brain contributes to homeostasis by mediating complex functions through sensory input, integration of new and stored information, making decisions and signaling actions(Tortora & Grabowski)
The limbic system supports a variety of functions including emotion, behaviour, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction (smell). Emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system and it has a great deal to do with the formation of memories.
To start with everything in our life is about “taking in information” through our five senses. When we take in information, that information comes into the right side of our brain (which is the creative side) and “lands” in an area called the Amygdala. The Amygdala deals with emotions. This information is then automatically passed over to the left side of the brain (the logical side) into an area called the Hippocampus, where it is ‘filed away’
The Hippocampus is a part of this system and plays an important role in consolidated information from short-term memory to long-term memory, and in spatial memory that enables navigation. The limbic system is the area of the brain that is associated with memory, emotions and motivation. This system is located just above the brain stem and below the cerebral cortex.
When the information moves into the Hippocampus and is “filed away” thus enabling the brain to view that information with indifference – something like “well that wasn’t a very pleasant experience but I can handle it”.
However, in some cases that information is not processed and therefore not transferred over to the Hippocampus, thereby causing distress. It must be stressed however, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the brain when it does not process a particular piece of information.
As an example let us use a fear or phobia. Some of us have a fear of spiders and others don’t. Why is this? Well for the person who is frightened of spiders, the first time the fear presented itself the memory of seeing the spider caused a stress response (fight or flight). So each time that individual sees a spider a neuro-pathway fires off a negative message saying “remember you are frightened of spiders” resulting in that individual developing a fearful or phobic response each time a spider is encountered.
That phobic response is processed and eliminated when the NNRTmodel is used, thus enabling the individual to be fear/phobia free.
It is difficult to say how many sessions are needed since everyone responds differently. But usually it is between 3 – 6 sessions.
As such there are no contradictions however NNRT should NOT be used with those patients/clients who suffer from epilepsy or schizophrenia.
It is possible that during a session an abreaction could be experienced. Should this happen the therapist must talk quietly and calmly to the patient/client, reassuring him/her that they are perfectly safe and secure emphasing nothing can hurt nor harm them. Once they feel calmer, the therapist, with the permission of their patient can continue if need be.
NNRT is not a “home self-treat/-help therapy” such as self-hypnosis and should only be used by a qualified NNRT therapist.
NNRT Practitioners have all been trained by Monica Black and qualified through The Life Practice Academy. (www.lifepractice.co.uk)
Stand aloneNNRT holds a Level 4 Qualification and the Talking Therapies Integrated Course holds a Level 5 qualification
Both qualifications are accredited by the ACCPH.
Links to courses :
Talking Therapies Integrated Diploma: