“I studied under Dr. Louis Tinnin, a towering figure in the field of trauma research and treatment who has been described (by Bessel Van der Kolk) as “the greatest trauma mind of the 20th Century.”
J. Eric Gentry PhD.
Forward Facing Trauma Therapy
“This was an amazing training experience, so clean and so useful. I see the connection between my client’s stories, details that we are processing, and the (high)way that Dr. Gantt and other teachers showed us to lead these tortured souls out of the tunnel. I am deeply grateful!”
“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.
“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 Instinctual Trauma Response model allows for the gentle and rapid processing of haunting traumatic memories in a matter of days, not months or years. Their sensitivity and compassion, along with their exceptionally astute understanding of trauma and the healing process, have produced a significant breakthrough in the field of trauma treatment. I applaud their work, and enthusiastically recommend ITR to all those who treat and support survivors of trauma.”
Glenn Schiraldi, Ph.D., LTC
University of Maryland School of Public Health
“I love the ITR. I have been using it consistently in my full time work with treatment of children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors, and in my private practice. I urge other programs I work with to train their staff immediately in the ITR method. We will get the rest of our staff registered as fast as possible!”
“IThis approach to trauma goes against everything I have ever heard about trauma being incredibly difficult to resolve, and persisting for years, by offering a brief intensive cost and time effective way to treat traumas that are debilitating to the individual and those around them. It also gives the person tools they can use both right away and for a lifetime to self-soothe and work through their internal conflicts. One comment I made during the training, an Ah-ha! Moment was, “So, the system heals itself!” We may need to be careful, we may all work ourselves out of business! I also shared that after the first day of training, having done 2 externalized dialogues with my parts, one on my one the day before the training, and one during the training, I woke up on the 2nd day of training in a twilight sleep with a sense of wellbeing, with my parts believing that I could help them. Exposure to these concepts is a must for any serious therapist, and puts the existing “trauma informed” trainings to shame, which demonstrate the problem, but not the solution.”
“The ITR method is the most efficient, gentle and thorough therapeutic model and procedures, I have come across in training and in practice so far, to help integrate one’s trauma/stress history, and to help relieve one’s trauma- and stress-related consequences for the body, mind and relationships. It gives me, and people I work with, clarity and direction with therapeutic opportunities, goals and tools needed for a tangible therapeutic outcome in the shortest possible (or available) time, given one’s scope of trauma/stress history and life context. It helps save time until relief by introducing procedures – neurobiologically and clinically sounds, for each stage and aspect of trauma integration – that – for most people my colleagues and I work with – allow to safely process the most impactful and foundational trauma without delay. Wisdom, compassion and dignity best describe the inner workings of this model and practice.
It is an honor to work with the ITR method tools and witness clients be relieved from post-traumatic consequences and grow into their full potential. I am grateful to Dr. Linda Gantt and Dr. Louis Tinnin for their lifetime of work and their introduction to this approach.”
Iryna Natalushko, MA, CTT
Art Therapist, Trauma Specialist, Fulbright Scholar