WHAT IS TRAUMATIC INCIDENT REDUCTION (TIR)? TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.
WHAT IS TIR USEFUL FOR? It is highly effective in eliminating the negative effects of past traumatic incidents. It is especially useful when: You have a specific trauma or set of traumas that you feels has adversely affected you, whether or not you have been given a formal diagnosis of PTSD.
You find yourself reacting inappropriately or overreacting in certain situations and have the feeling or idea that some past trauma might have something to do with it. You experience unaccountable or inappropriate negative emotions, either chronically or in response to certain experiential triggers.
HOW LONG HAS TIR BEEN IN USE? TIR has been in use since 1984 in very close to its current form. It has undergone minor modifications over the years, mostly in the interest of greater simplicity and teachability.
WHAT IS THE ANTICIPATED OUTCOME OF TIR? In the great majority of cases, TIR correctly applied results in the complete and permanent elimination of PTSD symptomatology. It also provides valuable insights, which the viewer (client) arrives at quite spontaneously, without any prompting from the facilitator (practitioner) and hence owns as personal experience. By providing a means for completely facing a painful incident, TIR can and does deliver the positive results one would have had if one had been able to fully experience the trauma at the time it occurred, without flinching or repressing anything.
WHAT RESEARCH EXISTS TO SUPPORT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TIR? Visit the Research & Publications page and/or the Applied Metapsychology International Research & Publications Pages. The research and implementation of TIR was reviewed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), leading to TIR being included in 2012 in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices” (NREPP).
I UNDERSTAND THAT TIR IS NOT DONE IN A "50 MINUTE HOUR." HOW LONG DOES A TIR SESSION LAST? Both the facilitator and the viewer need to schedule sufficient time for TIR to be taken to an end point. One and half to two hours is about average, though the sessions can be much longer or shorter than that. After you have some experience, you and your facilitator will often have a better idea of what is a normal session length for you. Session length also depends upon the severity or complexity of what is being addressed.
HOW LONG DOES TIR TAKE? Resolution of an unwanted condition can sometimes be achieved in as short as one or two sessions. However, a condition that has been in existence for a while, or that has many aspects usually takes longer to completely resolve. A single incident such as a car accident, operation, loss of a loved one, etc., is commonly complete for the viewer in a matter of a few hours. Larger issues, such as a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, or on-going relationship problems, which may have a number of contributing factors, can take several sessions to resolve. Life Stress Reduction, which consists of a case plan tailored for the individual client’s goals and which usually makes use of a number of techniques besides TIR, typically takes 15-20 hours.
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