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What's the Difference Between Embodied Processing and Root-Cause Therapy?

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Click 'play' above to watch the video above which explains the main concepts of each modality and how they can work together.

Many people who find our work wonder where to start. Both of our flagship trainings, Root-Cause Therapy and Embodied Processing, which certify you to begin a professional healing practice have quite a few similarities. While both courses aim at healing trauma and fully resolving underlying issues causing us to have pain in our lives, they’re also distinctly different in terms of the way they’re delivered and the energy of the trainers.  

Here’s a short breakdown of the two:

Root Cause Therapy

Root Cause Therapy is the original method, created by Melissa Hiemann, used when The Centre for Healing opened its doors 7 years ago in Melbourne.  It was used to treat addiction and mental health issues successfully. 

After seeing the results of thousands of clients passing through our doors, we began training practitioners in the method, understanding that there would always be a limit on how much we could do ourselves.   

The practitioner training delivers practical, easy-to-follow modules that anyone can do regardless of background. It’s presented as a step-by-step method that one can begin to implement right away, without a lot of heavy theory. 

The training takes 2-3 months to complete, and once one has completed all the modules, they are required to swap sessions with other trainees or practitioners before certification.  

To become fully certified one must receive 3 sessions and give a minimum of 6 sessions; this can be coordinated through the student community or with a graduate who is already in practice for hire. Once the trainer assesses paperwork and checks reviews, you will be certified and able to gain Accredited and Insurance through IICT.

Included in the course is our complete business training: Practice in a Box, which includes all the procedures we’ve used in our centre and business that you’ll need for yours.  Think of it like a franchise that you get to customize with your own logo, personality, and unique experience. Plus how to Create Your Own Signature Program bonus training.

To get a taste of what RCT is all about,  you can take our Free Pre-Training.

Embodied Processing

Embodied Processing also aims at healing trauma but operates as its own more somatic-based modality.  Born out of the mutual passion of TCFH co-founder Ryan Hassan and Matt Kay’s experience working with clients healing trauma after overcoming their own struggles with addiction, Embodied Processing presents the latest science and theory on the nervous system, regulation and creating the capacity and resources to heal trauma in a safe way.   

The course focuses on fostering a felt sense of safety in the body that enables a client to stay with the sensations of their unprocessed/undigested pain and resolve it from the bottom up.

Embodied Processing is a longer course, taking 3-6 months to complete due to the amount of theory and science involved.   

There are support calls, study groups as well as community support, and practice sessions required for certification. 10 practice sessions must be given, one recorded and sent to Matt and Ryan for review, who will deliver video feedback from the session and grant certification.

To get a taste of what EP is all about, a Free Pre-Training is available as well.


If you are ready to jump in with both feet and access both courses at an incredible discount, then click here to access our The Practitioner Bundle.

We hope to see you there!