What would you think if someone told you of a treatment for PTSD that could usually remove the pain from a memory in only one session? It would sound too good to be true. Unbelievable! That’s what Dr. Kaye thought when he started observing exactly these results with the new therapy we call HRG. It was shocking and hard to believe. At Cary Counseling Center we had been used to seeing fairly dramatic results from the older EMDR therapy: clients regaining the ability to notice color; cessation of decades-long panic attacks; the ability to notice faces instead of just silhouettes; multiple personalities healing and many other symptoms resolving. But we had observed EMDR to require multiple sessions to heal each traumatic memory. This had also been true of the other older trauma therapies. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy require a fair amount of time. We were not prepared to see such rapid results from HRG in our clinic.
Dr. Kaye has been a participant on the EMDR Research Comittee and has published on the likely psychophysiology underlying EMDR therapy. Since 1999, he had independently researched ways to improve on EMDR with applied psychophysiology. In 2017 he utilized several fields of research along with the new science of memory reconsolidation to create the current HRG procedure. Clinicians Miriane Portes and Deborah Riley helped to refine the procedure further. It will probably take decades and many controlled studies before HRG attains the status of being listed as “evidence-based” with the other older therapies. Such is the politics of science. However, we have now observed consistent results over many patients in our clinic. HRG is the fastest and most powerful trauma-healing therapy we have observed to date.
The HRG procedure was designed from a number of lines of research: hypnotic placebo effects, psychological reactance, soviet research on dominants and memory reconsolidation. The best way to describe it is with a simile. You have heard about bone grafts and skin grafts in medicine. In HRG we are grafting memory networks. What makes it tricky is that the memory networks are in the unconscious. Traumatic memory is in “implicit memory.” HRG is a way of stimulating the brain to graft a wise part of the mind to the traumatized part. When this happens in the unconscious the traumatized part feels safe and the pain subsides. We don’t expect that you will necessarily trust a one-page summary of a novel procedure. Nor should you. But if you would like to learn more about this neuroscience-based trauma therapy call our answering service at 919 467 1180 and ask for Dr. Kaye to call you in the evening. He will be happy to answer your questions.