Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is intended to be a brief form of therapy that resolves traumatic stress. It is effective for symptoms, such as those associated with PTSD, that result from one or more major stressful events, including combat experience, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, being victim of a violent crime, amongst many others. These types of incidents are treated with what is known as Basic TIR. Alternatively, in Thematic TIR, the therapy can focus on and address problems caused by less strenuous but more frequent negative events. For instance, Thematic TIR can be used to address anxiety that is a result of a constant criticism from one’s parents.
In both forms of TIR, the problem is addressed at least partially through the use of desensitization. Meaning, a person verbally recounts the negative past events enough times so that the negative past event loses it power and no longer causes disruption in one’s life. This is done within the context of a safe environment with a safe person, the therapist. In this process, the therapist may direct the patient in how to recall the details of the memory. However, the therapist allows for ample room for the patient to draw their own conclusions, create their own realizations, and decide how the would like to proceed. In this manner, TIR is both guided by the therapist and the patient. If you are interested in learning more about TIR and whether it may be a helpful therapeutic modality, speak to our staff at Corner Canyon Counseling & Psychological Services.