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Effective Trauma Therapy

The Instinctual Trauma ResponseTM is an evidence-supported method that focuses on treating the roots of the problem rather then the symptoms. It was developed by Dr. Lou Tinnin, psychiatrist and Dr. Linda Gantt, art therapist, after over 30 years of clinical experience with people coping with all kinds of trauma.  The ITR method recodes traumatic memory from the right brain format to the left brain format ending or greatly reducing triggers and symptoms.

The ITR method gives the traumatic memories order, verbal coding, historical context and an objective, third person view that protects the person from re-experiencing the trauma and fosters their capacity for empathy for themselves and others. A person will feel the event is finally in the past. Many clients say that doing the ITR method saved their lives and many therapists say it’s the only thing they see that really works.

We don’t ask what’s wrong with you, we asked what happened to you.

Dr. Tinnin on Misdiagnosis

Trauma is so prevalent that almost any condition that requires professional help might be trauma.  People diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, have symptoms can be understood as post traumatic consequences.  The patients  seen with panic disorder have all been post traumatic and the panic states are flashbacks and the condition resolves once the trauma is processed.  Anxiety disorder can be from multiple childhood traumas.  Obesity, addiction, impulse disorders, can be trauma based and they can recover from these conditions once their traumas are processed.

Into to the ITR

Dr. Gantt explains the Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) method and how it works. The symptoms created by traumatic experiences are normal ways the brain reacts to an abnormal experiences. It works the same way for every trauma. She describes the phases of the ITR. “Of all the mental health problems, those that are related to trauma are the easiest to heal, and it doesn’t take years to do it.

Dr. Tinnin on Meds

Dr.Tinnin talks about how medicine can be just good enough to keep someone from actually treating the root cause of their symptoms if they have indeed experienced trauma.  Feeling better does not treat trauma, it just helps people cope and that is not good enough.  Trauma is easy to treat and many people are living a compromised life when they have the option to treat the trauma, not just suppress the symptoms.

What is Trauma?

During ordinary, day-to-day events, both sides of our brain process and store what we experience. However, when you have a life-threatening experience or you witness another person in such circumstances, your verbal brain can be overwhelmed and your executive function (the ability to think your way out of the trauma) fails. You can no longer organize your experience in a logical way. The parts of the brain that deals with survival take over. If you cannot fight or flee the situation you will go into the freeze. This is when the Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) occurs.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying, life-threatening event. The resulting symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, dissociation, internal voices, depression, severe panic or anxiety, and phobias, intrusive thoughts about the event and many other avoidance, arousal or intrusive symptoms. With the ITR method these symptoms will greatly reduce or completely disappear along with the body memories that was associated with the traumas.

What is Dissociation?

Dissociation can take different forms such as a state of feeling disconnected from one’s surroundings, or, as laypeople may call it, “being zoned out” or “spacey.” Dissociation can range from getting lost in a daydream to a more severe detachment from physical and emotional awareness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is “a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment.” Dissociation is common for people with ongoing  early childhood  traumas. It can be treated best with the weeklong intensive trauma therapy.