Traumatic Incident Reduction
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.
What results can I expect?
- Relief from anxiety, guilt, and dread of what the future may bring
- Reduction of intrusive thoughts of past traumatic incidents; these incidents lose their power over you
- Relief from the sometimes overwhelming pain of bereavement and reconnecting with the love you felt for a lost loved one
- Relief from second-guessing what you should have or shouldn’t have done in a crisis
What kinds of traumatic events can be addressed with TIR?
Any severe and shocking event can be addressed, including accidents, injuries, childhood traumas, violent crime, or any sort of loss.
In addition, unwanted persistent feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes and pains can be addressed, even if you have no immediate memory of traumatic incidents connected to that feeling.
How does it work?
The idea that present difficulties may be caused by past traumatic incidents is not a new one. It was with the recognition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a major difficulty for many Vietnam Veterans that the idea was given a higher profile. Once the phenomenon was clearly recognized, PTSD was easily identifiable among other populations, such as rape survivors and victims of natural disasters. Although survivors of all kinds of traumas with PTSD and flashbacks offer perhaps the most dramatic example of living in the past, the phenomenon is quite common to people in general.
In normal life, most people can be triggered into momentary or prolonged reliving of past traumas, of varying degrees of severity, with attendant negative feelings and behavior.
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