ITR® Comparison

ITR® Comparison2023-08-25T17:37:42+00:00
ITR® Other Approaches
Takes fragments of the traumas that cause flashbacks & nightmares and puts them into historical context with a beginning, middle, and end, so they can be stored in long-term memory and are no longer triggers Focus on coping skills (progressive relaxation, deep breathing, thought-stopping)
Images are drawn from an observer perspective to create Graphic Narrative® (doing play therapy with children) using the structure of the Instinctual Trauma Response to organize the event. Words are added to present the story to the whole brain for memory re-consolidation. —“The image comes first” Uses cognitive skills and reframing
If a traumatic event is not thoroughly resolved, it feels like the event will happen again. ITR makes it possible to truly “finish the story!” Concentrates on how the person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected in the present
As the traumas are truly finished, the person will have more capacity for problem-solving and can use Externalized Dialgue® to work with Parts and end dissociation. What happened in the past is not considered as important as present-day functioning
Single traumas can be completed in a matter of hours; a program can be done as an intensive (20-30 hours per week), several long weekends, or 2-3 hours weekly sessions. Weekly :50 minutes sessions are also successful. It just takes longer. Some therapists insist on a long period of stabilization before trauma processing begins; which can be years of weekly sessions
Can be used with children as young as 3 years old as well as older children, adolescents, and adults. Young children and those with developmental delays cannot be treated with some types of trauma work
Does not have an individual re-live the event. The client is a 3rd person observer and the story is put in past tense. Some approaches stress abreaction (re-experiencing the emotion dissociated from the original trauma) and others use prolonged exposure
Integrates nonverbal and verbal memories. Deals primarily with verbal material

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“My wife went thru a therapy program using this Instinctual Trauma Response program and had excellent results. It eliminated all her flashbacks, her panic attacks and so on. It did what was being explained to her. Be careful about being critical until you understand more. This therapy will eventually be the standard for treating PTSD.”

Charlie, 36 Years

“I am more free to be myself, to be real with everything my life has held, and to allow myself to experience a full range of emotions regarding my life. ITR helped me put together various puzzle pieces I’d been looking at in counseling and couldn’t make sense of. Probably the biggest change is that I know it is a very good thing that I am alive and life is beautiful. There is a big change in my perspective.”

Alexandra, 27 Years

“I feel so much freer and happier now and have been able to use tools I learned (grounding, external dialoging) to get through rough times. I am back on my “feet”, stronger than ever, enjoying a new line of work for now, many friends, life in general and perhaps most important: a much better sense of myself–all parts of myself that I now understand, accept guide and love.”

Female, 46 Years

“Whether acute or sustained, the effects of trauma on the brain can lead not only to anguish for the client, but also to frustration for the clinician. These painful conditions, so often resistant to even the most sophisticated therapies, are now, thanks to the dedication of Drs. Tinnin and Gantt, able to be approached with a new and remarkably successful methodology. This is a model for responsible and effective care.”

Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

“The therapeutic implications of this concept are profound, and are addressed in detail, providing theory and application of techniques that embrace both cognitive and non-verbal somatic/behavioral elements.”

Robert Scaer, MD, Author of The Body Bears the Burden, The Trauma Spectrum and Eight Keys to Body-Brain Balance.
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