Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event- either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
Trauma is not always a singe event in the past, however. Repeated events like abuse or trauma during wartime or occupational events like those experienced by first responders, can impact a person's life far beyond the symptoms of PTSD. This is sometimes called complex PTSD.
Traumatic Incident Reduction
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is highly effective for treating both PTSD and complex PTSD.
TIR is a specialized, efficient, safe and structured approach to healing from trauma and reducing traumatic stress. It addresses and releases unwanted emotional and behavioural after effects of traumatic incidents such as abuse, grief, loss, sexual abuse, accidents, violence and other painful life experiences.
TIR is designed to examine the cognitive, emotional and perceptual content of past incidents, to reduce or eliminate emotional charge contained in them- relieving the person of their negative effects.
Combined with Expressive Art Therapy techniques, both adults and older children can enjoy the benefits of emotional healing and reduced effects of trauma.
TIR/LSR is a method recognized by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA).