Radical Exposure Tapping (RET) is a form of exposure therapy that can be used to quickly and effectively resolve memories of disturbing events that fuel PTSD, anxiety, fears, emotional reactivity and patterns of escalating conflict. RET draws from the methodology of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and combines it with the tapping sequence of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and imagery rescripting to produce an intervention that is more flexible than EMDR, provides greater theoretical and methodological rigor than using the EFT technique alone and can be effective in a single session.
Dr. Laurie MacKinnon developed RET by taking elements of EMDR and EFT combining them in a unique way and then analysing and improving her effectiveness with this new method by video recording and reviewing dozens of RET therapy sessions
Frequently asked questions
Why is it called Radical Exposure Tapping?
It is a form of exposure therapy because the focus is on imaginal exposure to specific disturbing memories. Tapping is used as the sensory input once the memory network is activated.
How is RET different from the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
How is RET different from EMDR?
Given its well-researched base, why not just do EMDR?
Who can register for Radical Exposure Tapping training?
Workshops are open to mental health professionals: social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. It is expected that participants already possess good basic counselling skills. An important part of the workshop is experiential. This means that participants will take the role of both client and therapist, learning the skills as well as experiencing the work personally and may experience strong affect.
Are the videos used in the workshops recordings of actual clients in real therapy?
Yes. Laurie has recorded over a hundred videos of real people working on real issues. The clients are not current clients and they have given consent for the videos to be used for the purposes of training mental health professionals.