Rolland’s debut self-help guide offers PTSD and trauma sufferers a method of spirit-based healing with a focus on philosophy.
Rolland’s comprehensive emotional healing process is called Rapid Transformation Therapy and is a “spirit-driven therapeutic modality.” It integrates several healing approaches—energy-based therapies (such as shamanic healing); family-system/attachment-based therapies (for example, guided rebirthings); life span integration therapy (which facilitates the integration of soul fragments); and the wisdom Rolland’s elder teachers shared with her about healing the spirit. The RTT workshops are held in Anchorage, Alaska, at White Raven Center, which Rolland, a Ph.D. and social worker, runs with her husband, Floyd Guthrie, and staff. In the workshops, participants act out a recalled trauma in a group setting to “root out the pain trapped in their bodies,” whether that pain resulted from military experiences or “any number of life’s difficulties.” The authors says that she and her staff have witnessed “hundreds of people transform their lives” via RTT. Kent, for example, a veteran of the U.S. War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War, became “his true self” after RTT helped him clear “that emotional detritus away” from the “pent-up rage” of PTSD. Throughout this account, Rolland includes few sources, and no citations are provided. Rolland’s writing, however, is clear, and she’s often able to concisely outline complicated topics (“Many of us are ‘emotional reactors’ ”). Those seeking answers might find such statements validating. Those with a more intellectual bent may find them sweeping in their generalization. Even so, with clients saying such things post-RTT as, “I actually feel good about my life and about myself,” it appears that Rolland and team perform a much-needed service.
May offer relief (sans scientific rigor) to sufferers of trauma.