Why Trauma Facilitation is my passion
I’m a firm believer that you can help someone else more effectively, if you have been through similar situations.
Going through many trials and tribulations (not always understanding why), I can now see that my life journey was preparing me to work as a Trauma Facilitator.
The shift happened for me when I was going through marriage counseling and it was identified that I suffer from childhood trauma.
I couldn’t believe that I was almost midlife and that things from my childhood could still influence me in such a radical way. I was angry and I didn’t want my past to rule my present and future anymore, so I seeked out a Trauma Therapist that literally changed my life - for the good!
I felt empowered and I could see a definite cognitive shift in myself. All of a sudden things started making sense and the puzzle felt complete. I caught myself wondering, why is it that it took me so long to go through this process.
The reality is that people with trauma and especially PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) don’t want to talk about the very things that brought them so much pain. And that is why PTSD is so hard to diagnose.
I felt apprehensive before every session, but I pushed through my fears and faced my pain, and I came out stronger on the other side as I healed from my injuries.
Through all of this, I found solace in the mountains and I wanted to bring awareness to people that the awe we feel in nature can dramatically reduce symptoms of trauma and PTSD.
I couldn’t think of a better way to combine trauma therapy and nature as an ultimate combination to healing.
What is Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)?
The TIR techniques were developed by Frank A. Gerboude, M.D., and is best known for its use as an extremely effective tool in the rapid resolution of virtually all trauma-related conditions, including PTSD.
TIR is a unique regressive, repetitive, desensitisation procedure - highly focused, directive and controlled, yet at the same time person-centered, non-interpretive and non-judgmental.
The viewer (client) has the most important job in the process as they inspect aspects of their life and become aware of insights and realisations of their own mental and emotional world.
As a facilitator I use a structured form of communication with rules built on a paradigm that establishes safety and confidentiality.
I help you to view your world and thereby alleviate the emotional charge contained therein.
Ultimately you should reach an endpoint within 1 ½ - 2hrs, when you are satisfied that the area, incident or issue being addressed is complete.
It is important for you as a viewer to be aware of this and to schedule sufficient time for your sessions to be taken to the endpoint.
The session length also depends upon the severity or complexity of what is being addressed.
What is Trauma?
Psychological trauma is a response to an event that a person finds highly stressful. It is an emotional response to a physically or emotionally threatening incident or situation and can have long-term effects on the person’s well-being, relationships and usually also interferes with a person’s daily life.
When something happens that is physically or emotionally painful, we either face it fully and feel the pain (we complete the cycle) and experience it as a past incident, or we try to block our awareness of it.
If the action of experiencing that incident is blocked or repressed and the incident (together with the intention not to experience it) continues to exist as ongoing, unfinished business. Blocking the activity is a self-defence mechanism and only “works” to a certain degree. Being in a repressed state has an effect on your ability to perceive, respond intelligently in the present and enjoy your current environment.
TIR provides a safe space to fully examine things which have been blocked. Through the process, we release our resistance, painful emotions and negative thought patterns and self beliefs contained in past trauma and enable us to fully move on.
Characteristics of Trauma/PTSD
A traumatised person can feel a range of emotions both immediately after the event and in long term. PTSD can develop when symptoms of trauma persist or get worse in the weeks and months after a stressful event.
Behavioral: agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behaviour, social isolation and avoidance behaviours.
Psychological: flashback, fear, severe anxiety, mistrust.
Mood: loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt, loneliness.
Sleep: Insomnia, nightmares.
Also common: emotional detachment, unwanted thoughts, fear of open or crowded places, bright lights, loud noises, inability to love etc.
Why you should consider TIR or Unblocking
Traumatic Incident Reduction greatly enhances the quality of your life and is used for any severe, shocking events including accidents, injuries, childhood traumas, violent crime, any sort of loss and PTSD.
Resolve past traumas • Discharge life stress issues • Expand your current abilities and satisfaction in life • Relief from emotional pain • Stronger self-esteem • More satisfying relationships • Personal growth • Self-confidence • Clarity about a situation or decision
TIR does not work well for people who:
Have been sent by someone and are not interested in being helped • Within the first 72hrs of a traumatic incident.
• Have immediate and distracting problems that are so pressing that they are unable to focus on matters that could otherwise be fruitfully addressed by TIR. • Have insufficient ego strength or resilience. If you are easily overwhelmed, unable to focus and cannot tolerate strong emotion, TIR is not recommended. Lighter methods can be used in the initial approach.