Traumatic Incident Reduction Association

Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals Interested in Receiving TIR & Related Techniques

Q: I know that I've had traumatic incidents in my life. How do I know that TIR will be useful for me?

A: The best way to find that out is to work with a trained practitioner. Probably you will have at least a few sessions before starting into TIR depending on the issues you want to work on and the judgment of your facilitator.

Q: Do I need to qualify for a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to benefit from TIR?

A: Not at all. While almost everyone has some traumatic experiences that can be relieved and resolved with TIR, not everyone has PTSD.

Q: What should I do to prepare myself for this work in order to get the best results?

A: First of all, you need to be getting good food and adequate rest. This may be difficult when traumatic incidents are in a triggered state and are claiming attention. If this is the case, do the best you can and consult with your facilitator about it.

Sometimes, life can be too chaotic to allow a person to do the work of viewing (whether using TIR or other techniques) effectively. If that is the case, your facilitator can work with you to devise a plan to get life flowing more smoothly before embarking upon viewing sessions.

Some drugs and medicines interfere with viewing. Antidepressants (SSRI's) and mild pain killers are fine. Drugs that inhibit consciousness, such as tranquilizers and heavier pain killers do interfere. Consult with your facilitator about this as well as consulting with your doctor. Never stop the use of any prescription drugs without first consulting with your mental health professional or other doctor.

Q: How can I find someone who delivers TIR?

A: A list of Certified/Accredited facilitators can be found in the practitioners section of this web site. There are also many more graduates of TIR workshops, who can deliver TIR if there is not a Certified/Accredite facilitator in your area. You will find these workshop graduates listed on the practitioners page below the Certified/Accredited Facilitators

Q: How long does TIR take?

A: Resolution of an unwanted condition can sometimes be achieved in as short as one or two sessions. However, a condition that has been in existence for a while, or that has many aspects usually takes longer to completely resolve. A single incident such as a car accident, operation, loss of a loved one, etc., is commonly complete for the viewer in a matter of a few hours. Larger issues, such as a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, or on-going relationship problems, which may have a number of roots, can take several sessions to resolve. Life Stress Reduction, which consists of a case plan tailored for the individual client's goals and which usually makes use of a number of techniques besides TIR, typically takes 15 - 20 hours.

Q: What if I'm not ready for TIR because it's too challenging for me to look directly at my traumas?

A: Often people find it easier to face the memory of these events in the safe time and space of a TIR session than it is to haul the weight of the traumatic memories around with them while trying to keep those memories from resurfacing. However, some people are not ready for TIR right away. The subject of Applied Metapsychology contains a large array of other techniques, useful in reducing stress (see Life Stress Reduction) and building confidence. These other techniques are not just to prepare a client to be able to do TIR, but are productive of significant progress in themselves.

Q: How much does TIR cost?

A: Fees vary in different parts of the world. They are set by the facilitator in private practice or by organizations employing TIR facilitators.

Q: Will I be able to have my TIR session billed to my insurance provider?

A: Contact your nearest facilitator to find out. Practitioners who are licensed therapists and already accept insurance for other services may work with your insurance company. The open-ended session length required by TIR does not fit the standard model, but some therapists have worked out arrangements with insurance companies in their areas. Facilitators who are not licensed therapists have no provision for accepting insurance.

Q: I've hardly had any traumatic events in my life and I am not sure that they are having any bad effect on me. Does that mean that I am "in denial"? What do you have for people like me?

A: Traumatic experiences are not the only thing reason people mayfeel limited or less able than they'd like to be. There are also upsets, worries, confusions, uncertainty, and just plain not feeling that they are living up to their potential. If you have areas of your life that you would like to improve or develop, there is a great adventure waiting for you in Life Stress Reduction and the Applied Metapsychology Viewing Curriculum.

One of the many nice things about person-centered work is that you will never be accused of being in denial. If you show up with issues, concerns or goals, a well-trained facilitator will be able to make up a case plan tailored specifically for you, a sort of road map from where you are to where you'd like to be.

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