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Trauma is too common

Around 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, according to the National Council. That’s nearly 230 million people. Trauma can stem from:

  • Accidents
  • Natural Disasters
  • Crime
  • Grief and Loss
  • Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Combat
  • Witnessing a Disturbing Event

If you’re unable to face your trauma head-on, you won’t be able to move beyond the incident, and as a result, it can continue to negatively affect your life. This is where TIR might be able to help.

CAPSEA is the first agency in the United States to provide all five levels of the Traumatic Incident Reduction method for free and the only certified TIR provider in PA.

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Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) Therapy

TIR is a proven method for encouraging relief and healing. This type of counseling allows a person to desensitize painful experiences and reduce the negative impact of traumatic, overwhelming events. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.

TIR therapy sessions involve a unique, but relatively simple procedure with the goal of helping you resolve painful incidents. Sessions are one-on-one with a trained TIR facilitator.

  • The first step is to identify a traumatic incident.
  • Next, we identify when it happened, how long it lasted, and where you were at the time.
  • Then you will be asked to imagine going to the start of that incident.
  • Once at the starting point you will close your eyes, report what you are aware of and then imagine moving through the incident until it is over.
  • At the end of the incident, you will open your eyes and report what happened as you moved through it.

    The facilitator will make notes about what you experienced and you will be asked to repeat this process of reviewing the incident multiple times. This method of reviewing the trauma encourages the mind to desensitize the pain and reprocess the event, enabling you to move toward recovery. By the end of the process, you should be able to talk about the incident and either feel completely comfortable or much improved.

TIR is highly effective in eliminating the negative effects of past traumatic incidents. It is especially useful when:

  • You have a specific trauma or set of traumas that you feel have adversely affected you, whether or not you have been given a formal diagnosis of PTSD.
  • You find yourself reacting inappropriately or overreacting in certain situations and you have the feeling or idea that some past trauma might have something to do with it.
  • You experience unaccountable or inappropriate negative emotions, either chronically or in response to certain experiential triggers.

If you feel you may benefit from Traumatic Incident Reduction counseling or would like to learn more about the technique, we encourage you to call CAPSEA today at 814-772-3838. We can provide additional information and schedule an appointment with one of our trained facilitators.

You can also visit the Traumatic Incident Reduction Association website:


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