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Traumatic Incident Reduction

Traumatic Incident Reduction is a one on one, person centered, structured method of therapy that is effective for permanently eliminating the negative impacts of past traumas.  The therapy is simple and brief. The method was created by Frank A. Gerbode.  He is a graduate Stanford University, Cambridge University and Yale University.

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Traumatic Incident Reduction Basic Setup

The client, known as the “viewer” is assisted by the therapist called the “facilitator”.  Traumatic Incident Reduction is a process in which the client views a traumatic memory in their mind under specific conditions which are meant to enhance safety and minimize distractions.  The incident is viewed from the beginning to the end.  The facilitator is only to give appropriate instructions to help them to view the incident in its entirety and keep the structure of the session on course. The facilitator offers no opinions, no evaluation or interpretation, no advice or reassurance.

How a Traumatic Incident Reduction Session Works

To begin a session the viewer identifies a specific trauma that they wish to work on.  The viewer treats this incident as if it was on videotape and rewinds it to the very beginning.  Then he pushes the play button and views the incident from the beginning all the way through to the end.  This is done in silence, no talking while viewing the incident.  After the viewing of the incident is complete the facilitator will then ask what happened.  The viewer then describes the incident and their reactions going through the event.

After the first viewing and description if finished by the viewer, the facilitator instructs the viewer to rewind the tape and play it again, just as they did before.  After several viewings of the incident the viewer becomes less afraid, less traumatized and more courageous allowing them to bring forward more emotion and details that were too uncomfortable to realize on the previous viewings.

Usually after a few viewings the viewer reaches an emotional peak and the emotion attached to the incident diminishes on subsequent viewings until a point is reached where no negative emotion is triggered by viewing it.   The viewer instead displays positive emotion, sometimes laughing and smiling. They can become thoughtful, often contemplative and exhibit a calm and serene attitude when recalling the incident.

Traumas that can be Treated with Traumatic Incident Reduction

Traumatic Incident Reduction helps to eliminate the effects of traumas such as assault, rape, burglary, mugging, accidents, childhood abuse, flashbacks, post traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and the traumas of abusive relationships.

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