Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM)

Veteran Services USA (VSUSA) is a non-profit organization (501c3) that empowers our Veteran community by offering services designed to build successful life transitions with access to workforce and independent housing; whole health services; and social service programs including post-traumatic stress (PTS) treatment to prevent suicide in communities across the United States.

The RTM protocol has recorded one of the highest rates of drug-free improvement for those suffering from PTSD. We invite you to join our efforts in expanding this breakthrough treatment for our Veterans nationwide.

About RTM – when a person suffers trauma of any kind, they often experience bodily and emotional responses associated with the trauma. This may include increased anxiety, fear, sweating, agitation, etc. These bodily reactions may be aroused by audio (specific types of noises), an odor or smell, visual, and/or tactile stimuli (a person standing too close, touching, etc.). A person may also relive the trauma through a nightmare or a flashback of the actual event(s).

RTM provides a protocol that results in a separation of these physical responses from the traumatic memories. The memories are not erased. Rather when stimuli occur, they do not act as triggers for bodily responses to the traumatic memories.

The RTM protocol can usually be completed within 3-4 sessions. Following these sessions, the clinician can continue conducting therapy sessions with the individual who is now able to focus on related life issues of their own desire rather than being overwhelmed by past trauma.

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It is estimated that 8 milion people; 3.5% of the US population suffer from PTSD in any given year. This number is rising monthly because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


132 people commit suicide (20 military and ex-military) EVERY DAY. 14.2 per 100,000 people.


PTSD costs Americans more than $43 billion annually. PTSD is the Mental Health Pandemic.


There are 500,000 clinicians treating patients suffering trauma from accidents, violence, domestic abuse, witnessing awful events, childhood abuse,etc.


Current treatments involve longer periods of therapy, or medication and yet 65% of patients still suffer from nightmares, flashbacks etc., after treatment.


A validated new treatment for PTSD now available called “Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories” or RTM for short.


RTM has been shown to eliminate PTSD symptoms in more than 90% of patients. Sufferers and their families are spared common co-morbid problems: alcohol and drug abuse, family and career disintegration, suicide.


RTM works in lesst han half the time of current therapies, in up to three sessions of 60-90 minutes. RTM is non-traumatizing and remits all PTSD symptoms.


VSUSA is now rolling out RTM training for clinicians across the US in an accessible live online format.

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why now?

Mental health issues are being de-stigmatized. 87% of American adults agree that having a mental health disorder is nothing to be ashamed of.

Recognition of the impact of mental health issues on medical outcomes is driving payors and employers to find new solutions to access treatment as they grapple with significant cost.

Legislative tailwinds are increasing patient access – Mental Health was made an Essential Health Benefit through the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

In 2019 the PREVENTS Initiative Executive Order was issued to counter Veteran suicide; $18.6 M are designated for mental health services.

Number of Patients

Global PTSD treatment cost is currently $3 Billion & expected to surpass $7.3 Billion by 2025

Treatment Market

$3 Billion PTSD Treatment Market in US


Patient Population

8 million Americans each year have PTSD; 500k+ Clinicians to Train

Americas: It is the largest region in the PTSD treatment market. Around 7.8% of Americans experiences PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. Approximately 5.2 million poeple of the US adults aged 18 to 54 have PTSD in 2017. 60.7% of men and 51.2% of women in the US have reported to experience at least one traumatic event.
Source: Market Research Future


“…For our community, RTM has the potential to change the game. It is now only cost effective but clinically effective, countering the high cost of PTSD and its impact. For example, the Congressional Budget Office estimated (based on VA data) that” PTSD could cost up to $7,000 per year per person” … for the gentleman, the 10 years he suffered through PTSD cost approximately $70,000 just in treatment costs. This study does not account for the cost to families or generational changes.In my estimation, it is the closest thing we have come in mental healthcare system to creating systemic change, the way antibiotic did for medicine.”

Amanda S. Davison

CEO, The Family Connection LLC

I wanted to introduce myself and say how impressed I am by your research and work! I was a therapist trained at Parkland and everywhere I go I try and spread the word about RTM.I have had a lot of success in my practice… My practice today consists largely of first responders or medical professionals who come to me deeply conflicted about seeking help….Your work changes people .I see it. I wanted you to know I see results in Boca Raton, Florida. I know first responders benefit but I see this protocol extended to trauma from drug epidemic and all kinds of trauma. I see lives restored and dignity given back.

Blessings, Lynne Healey


I completed the RTM Training via zoom in May 2020, the training was amazing, and I felt it was delivered at a good pace throughout.The trainers were excellent, giving appropriate support and guidance when needed and so passionate about what they were delivering.Since the training I have worked with several clients, all who have been amazed by the quick and effectiveresults of the RTM process.It’s wonderful to see their faces, so happy, often confused looks at being unable to access their previous states, then receiving their feedback about how their lives have changed in so many positive waysand so quickly.For me this is a life changing gift which I feel blessed to be part of, I intend to use it and promote abundantly in any work with others.

Kim Jones

Psychotherapist -Coach

I am practicing therapist from Albuquerque New Mexico specializing in treating individuals with co-occurring disorders and trauma. Over the past ten years the trauma treatment field has advanced significantly bringing forward new therapies for treating PTSD. These new therapies, such as EMDR, Brain spotting, and Mindfulness-based Emotional Processing have brought relief from and/or desensitization to traumatic memories for many suffering with PTSD. However, they can often take a long time to deliver successfully and require the client to be emotionally uncomfortable, if not intolerably so, despite the trained clinician’s best efforts to make the client comfortable. Recently I became trained in Reconsolidating Traumatic Memories (RTM), a newtechnique in trauma work that is grounded in a growing body of research. I am currently treating thirteen clients with RTM and am finding that most clients are able to go from being highly distressed about a memory to zero in just three sessions. This is a remarkable development in the field. Moreover, the RTM protocol does not require the client to experience the full emotional experience of the traumatic memory. I am finding this trauma protocol is nothing short of a remarkable breakthrough for the field.


I can’t tell you how much RTMhaschanged my life. I’m still baffled but it’s awesome and also works for my clients. Thank you for introducing me to it!


I’ve been working with 1stresponders for almost 30 years and I’m angry that I didn’t have this sooner.Every Clinician must be trained in RTM so together we can wipe out PTSD.

Parkland Psychologist

I watchedyour June 16 2019 segment with great interest.I too suffered horrifically from PTSD after with violent dreams,flashbacks and intrusive thoughts to include contemplating suicide.There is a recently released breakthrough cure for PTS. Please note I used the word “cure” not “treatment.” Every other Trauma therapy currently in use requires the client to re-live the trauma over and over again RTM is a revolutionary technique that, notonly allows, but requires the client to remain in a calm and relaxed state during the process. RTM is 92% effective in 3-5 sessions of 90 minutes or less. Our country needs at least 20,000 trained LMHCs-RTM certified to adequately lend the assistance needed to stop the 22 suicides per day down to near zero and to keep families together by helping our broken warriors. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

Respectfully, Craig Hardcastle

Major USMC (ret)

It is my pleasure to write this letter in support of the efforts of the Research and Recognition Project to validate the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) protocol for the treatment of PTSD.As you know, PTSD is a major psychiatric disorder affecting many active and veteran military personnel, and also civilian victims of natural disasters, accidents, crimes, and acts of terrorism.At present, traditional therapeutic strategies including medications, psychoanalytic therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapies show at best only a modest degree of efficacy (<50%).In contrast, while the RTM protocol is designed to help only a specficsub-group of patients with PTSD (i.e., those with significant intrusive symptoms and physiological hyper-arousal),preliminary data from Drs. Bourke, Gray, and colleagues, suggest a very high degree of efficacy for RTM in this group (>90%)….I was first contacted by Drs. Bourke and Gray several years ago about possible brain imaging studies to explore the neurobiologyof PTSD and how RTM helps to normalize brain-behavior relationships.I must admit that I was worried that RTM was ‘too good to be true’, but I feel that scientists like myself have a duty to properly evaluate therapies like RTM, even if we are skeptical.I was also impressed by their desire to explore the neurobiology of a behavioral therapy… we have begun a pilot study to examine RTM using electroencephalography (EEG), a technology which directly evaluates brain activity.Through this process, I have now seen RTM in practice, and am now even more excited by its potentialas a treatment… I have seen first handthat the protocol normalizes brain activity in PTSD, and most importantly, it has a significant, real-world positive impact on PTSD symptoms….

Jeffrey David Lewine

Ph.DProfessor of Translational Neuroscience, The Mind Research Network


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