Traumatic Incident Reduction

Whilst as we as humans would undoubtedly like to live in a world that was free from bad things, and emotional pain, reality dictates that at some point in our lives we are liable to experience something which has the potential to overwhelm our natural coping mechanisms.

At The Crisis Clinic, we use a highly effective specialism called ‘Traumatic Incident Reduction’ (TIR) to support individuals in crisis or distress.

TIR is a non-clinical system of social-support enabling individuals to explore and process areas of psychological/emotional concern or distress.

TIR is a person centred, one-to-one based approach, during which a Facilitator guides an individual (the ‘Viewer’) to explore and inspect their own mental environment.

Sessions take place in a safe environment, free from interruption, and in comfort.

The aim of the process, is to achieve a resolution and/or a greater sense of well-being for the Viewer, as their distressing event becomes a source of experiential learning and development, rather than one which causes emotional pain.

We commonly refer to this stage of the process, as an ‘End Point’ – the point at which emotional pain associated with an event or situation falls away, and the residual memory simply becomes more factual than ‘traumatic’.

In order to help you achieve this, our TIR facilitators will:

  • Be open-minded, neutral and non-judgmental at all times
  • Actively listen to you without imposing their own ideas, interpretations, distractions, suggestions or advice.
  • Empower you to reach your own conclusions.
  • Conduct an open session (not time bound) allowing you to fully engage in the process as long as you wish
  • Not attempt to diagnose you with any illness/ condition or label you in anyway.
  • Be fully focused on you at all times, until the end of your session.

What is TIR useful for?

TIR is highly effective in elimination the negative effects of past traumatic reactions.

It is especially useful when:

  • A person feels affected by a specific trauma or set of traumas, whether or not a formal diagnosis of ‘PTSD’ has been applied.
  • A person reacts inappropriately or overreacts in certain situations, and it is thought some past trauma might have something to do with it.
  • A person experiences unaccountable or inappropriate negative emotions, either chronically or in response to certain re-stimulation (triggers)

How long has TIR been in use?

TIR has been in use since 1984, although its current format is the result of research, refinement and adjustment since its first use.

What is the anticipated outcome of TIR?

In the majority of cases, TIR results in the complete and permanent elimination of most PTSD symptoms. It also provides valuable insights, which an individual arrives at quite spontaneously without any prompting from the facilitator.

What are the contra-indications of TIR?

TIR is contra-indicated for use with individuals who:

  • Are psychotic or nearly so – TIR is most definitely an exposure or uncovering technique and hence is not appropriate for such individuals.
  • Are currently abusing drugs or alcohol. Individuals should avoid taking pain killers, sleeping pills, tranquillisers or drugs that may impair their physical or mental abilities for at least 24 hours prior to a session.
  • Are not making a self-determined choice to engage in TIR. For TIR to work, the individual has to want to engage. If an individual is there under duress (e.g. By order of their organisation) or simply to appease someone, TIR will not work.
    It may be possible for an individual to accept the benefits of TIR, but they must be motivated prior to engagement starting.
  • Have no interest in or attention on past trauma(s). The general rule is to follow the interest of the client.

Since TIR technique is entirely person-centred and non-forceful, individuals will simply discontinue to protect themselves if they find the process too difficult to continue, hence, there are no harmful effects associated with TIR.

A cardinal rule of TIR facilitation, is never to force the individual and to always follow their interest, and our team follow a strict code of ethics in order to ensure you get the best from TIR.