What is T.I.R.?
Traumatic Incident Reduction, or short T.I.R., is an amazing and most of all effective, evidence-based modality in the field of Metapsychology, which is also accept as a trauma healing modality by the board of psychologists and the school of social work.
T.I.R. was designed specifically for people who suffer from PTSD.
This modality works by releasing the emotional charge or trigger associated with traumatic events. By releasing the emotional attachment to the trauma, we had to experience, that trauma becomes just another part of our life story, no more or less significant than what we had to eat the day before.
How does T.I.R. work?
The methodology of T.I.R. is to walk the client through a traumatic incident repetitively by the means of powerful questioning. This method brings any triggers to the surface to be evaluated and released until there is no emotional charge left. Once no emotions are left attached to the traumatic incident, the memory of the trauma will fade peacefully into the abyss and will just be a faint memory like any other insignificant part of one’s life.
T.I.R. works in a session sequence of 3 individual steps. The first step is called ‘Exploration’. In this session, the client will talk about one specific traumatic subject, for example an incident, a person, a place.
The next step is called ‘Unblocking’, where the facilitator will ask a series of questions, which will already help release many triggers in the client. The last part of this session sequence is called ‘Traumatic Incident Reduction’. In this session, the client will go through one previously chosen traumatic incident until an emotional release has been achieved.
When we hold on to triggers, they block everything out that lies underneath. By releasing those triggers, that what was buried beneath, will rise up next. This is how T.I.R. works. By releasing layer by layer of traumatic memories and triggers, we gradually get to the root cause and once this root cause is released, the trauma will become no more significant than what we had to eat the day before.
How long does it take before I see results?
T.I.R. is not just an effective, evidence-based modality, it can also produce results rather quickly.
That being said, it greatly depends on the willingness of the client to follow the guidance of the facilitator and purposefully observe their trauma.
If a client immerses themselves into this modality, results can already be witnessed after only two sessions, long before the actual T.I.R.
What can I experience during a T.I.R. Session?
When a person has been traumatized, they tend to suppress all the feelings and emotions they felt. Which means that the body will do its utmost to protect us from pain. No matter if it is physical, mental or emotional. So, when we purposefully go into the trauma, our body will try and stop us. This can present itself as a sudden onset of nausea, rapid heart rate, cold sweats, heavy and fast breathing or any other form of physical reaction. These reactions are normal and happen right before the release of the final trigger. As soon as the trigger is released, these sensations will stop.
Interestingly, I have had many clients, who felt nauseous already in the Intake Interview, when we talked about how T.I.R. works. The thought of going into the trauma to release it can be terrifying and the body reacts accordingly to protect us. The very fact that these people had such a reaction in only the very first session shows, how close to the surface the triggers already were and how ready they were to release them.
How long is a T.I.R. Session?
Most sessions run about an hour, but it is not uncommon for the T.I.R. session to be longer since the facilitator won’t stop until the client experienced an emotional release and is feeling more balanced about the traumatic event they worked through.
Does my insurance cover T.I.R.?
Unfortunately, health insurance plans do not cover T.I.R. This is due to the open-ended session length of T.I.R. It does not conform with the standard therapy model insurance companies accept under their coverage. I would recommend checking with your health insurance provider to receive further information about this subject.
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