Trauma Can Be Healed
ITR® EMPOWERS people to fully recover with self-help tools for life.
Instinctual Trauma Response® (ITR):
Structured trauma recovery approach for the whole brain Informed by art therapy, parts therapy, & brain science
- “Finishes” trauma stories that are fragmented memories & without words
- Does not require reliving experiences
- Resolves any type of trauma, even preverbal
- Can be used independently (self-help) or with a facilitator
- Can be used for individual or group work
- Effective with children (3+ & up), adolescents, and adults
- Greatly reduces or completely eliminates trauma symptoms
“Resolve the trauma first and see what's left.”
People suffer in silence, believing that they are “crazy” since nothing they have tried worked for them. But the truth is, you are not crazy! The troubling consequences of life’s traumas are real and can look like anxiety, hyperactivity, fears, self-mutilation, obesity, nightmares, flashbacks, and depression.
The effects of trauma are often misunderstood in the mental health field. ITR sees the possible consequences of trauma as being “stuck” in an ITR component such as startle, fight/flight, freeze, altered state of consciousness, automatic obedience, or self-repair. Living with this toxic stress can be devastating. Many people feel hopeless and broken beyond repair. Options for help can be confusing, slow, re-traumatizing, and yield little to no results.
Instinctual Trauma Response® (ITR) focuses on addressing the root causes of problems rather than just treating symptoms. ITR is a gentle and non-invasive approach to trauma. ITR guides individuals through simple and effective tasks to quickly overcome being 'stuck,' reconsolidate traumatic memories, put an end to traumatic experiences without reliving them, and calm internal chaos.
If you have been frustrated by years of work that didn't help or coping techniques that haven't lasted, ITR can educate and empower you to break the chains of the past, live in the present, and thrive in the future.
We offer more than hope. We offer healing.
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Instinctual Trauma Response® Training
Be more than trauma-informed, be trauma-effective and parts-informed.
ITR Certifications and CEs for mental health providers.
ITR Training is available to anyone wanting to learn and help.
Who We Are
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Help For Trauma and the ITR Training Institute are proud to be a part of the Mental Health Freedom Movement. We believe in accessibility to effective mental health for all. “Trauma is not a life sentence.” It can be resolved in a time-limited fashion.About Us
“The therapeutic implications of this concept are profound, and are addressed in detail, providing theory and application of techniques that embrace both cognitive and non-verbal somatic/behavioral elements.”
- Robert Scaer, MD
Author of The Body Bears the Burden, The Trauma Spectrum, and Eight Keys to Body-Brain Balance
“Whether acute or sustained, the effects of trauma on the brain can lead not only to anguish for the client, but also to frustration for the clinician. These painful conditions, so often resistant to even the most sophisticated therapies, are now, thanks to the dedication of Drs. Tinnin and Gantt, able to be approached with a new and remarkably successful methodology. This is a model for responsible and effective care.”
- Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
"I studied under Dr. Louis Tinnin, a towering figure in the field of trauma research and treatment who has been described (by Bessel van der Kolk) as ‘the greatest trauma mind of the 20th Century.’ Dr. Tinnin turned Pierre Janet’s work of the 1880’s into a comprehensive treatment model for effectively treating trauma and dissociation. I was able to assist in some of the research that demonstrated the effectiveness of this treatment. Lou taught me two very important ingredients in successfully treating trauma: the value of narrative and a fearless approach of the client’s traumatic material."
- J. Eric Gentry Ph.D., "Forward Facing Trauma Therapy"
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