I use a specific method in trauma counselling, known as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). It is one of the tools taught within Applied Metapsychology and is used around the world as a rapid resolution to the effects of trauma.
Applied metapsychology is the practical application of metapsychology (a term coined by Freud), and was developed by the psychiatrist Frank A Gerbode.
TIR is a simple, but highly skilled technique used to address and resolve most of the symptoms and unwanted after-effects of trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). It is also a useful approach in dealing with people who do not carry the diagnosis of PTSD, but who carry or suffer due to major losses, accidents, injuries and painful life experiences. TIR can also be used effectively when people suffer from unwanted feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes, anxieties, phobias or pain, but are not necessarily aware of any specific trauma that could have caused them. In these cases, these themes are usually tied to more than one specific incident – or even a large number of them.
TIR does not follow the traditional medical model of counselling. It is highly directive in terms of the process followed, but also non-interpretive and non-evaluative. In this model, the person who does the counselling is called a “facilitator”, and the client is known as the “viewer”.
Trauma causes a negative emotional charge in our minds, bodies and spirit. “Ideally, people’s minds like their bodies, or possessions, should be a part of their environment that they can manipulate and control with relative ease. All too often though a person is controlled and manipulated by the parts of this internal environment that contain emotional charge (repressed, unfulfilled intention and the distress resulting there from).” (The Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop, Eight Edition June 2016:6). Through the TIR facilitation process, the emotional charge is examined, which allows viewers to release the charge and regain control of their internal environment.
I am trained as a TIR facilitator. “A facilitator then, is a person who helps another to perform the actions of viewing: inspecting that private world, the viewer’s own mental environment, and thereby alleviating the charge” (The Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop, Eight Edition June 2016:6).
I’m a registered TIR member. You can learn more about TIR at www.tir.org