During the course of our assessment interviews it can be a regular observation that part of the issues that are presenting are to do with trauma experienced at an earlier date. This may be recent or distant past trauma.
Whichever it is, what we know from our experience is that to ignore it is to leave an issue that will continue to resurface. We think of it as the past hijacking the present.
Trauma Incident Reduction Therapy (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.
Psychologically, when something happens that is physically or emotionally painful, one has the option of either confronting it fully and feeling the pain, or trying in some way to block one’s awareness of it. These options are often chosen subconsciously.
In the first case, the action of experiencing (perceiving and understanding) what has occurred is allowed to go to completion and the incident becomes a past incident. However, in the second case, the action of experiencing that incident is blocked. That is, one represses the incident, and the incident (together with the intention not to experience it, and any other intentions and activities present in the incident), continues to exist as ongoing unfinished business in your psyche. Such traumatic incidents may continue to exert negative effects. We say such incidents carry a charge defined as “repressed, unfulfilled intention”.
We practice both basic TIR and thematic TIR.
Basic TIR is used to address incidents we know have happened to us: a car accident, the painful end of a relationship, a medical procedure, the loss of a loved one, a combat-related incident, the loss of a job or a failure in business or in school, receiving a frightening diagnosis, etc.
We are trained to practice trauma incident reduction therapy and are happy to offer this service when relevant to our clients either as a separate therapeutic service or related to other work we may be supporting you with.
The number of sessions required will depend on the number of traumas identified and how deep they are. As such it is difficult to predict how many sessions any individual will need.
Cost £125 per session