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ITR® EMPOWERS people to fully recover from trauma with self-help tools for life.

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Instinctual Trauma Response® (ITR):

A structured and duplicatable whole-brain approach to trauma recovery drawing from art therapy, story telling, parts psychology, and neuroscience.

  • Completes fragmented trauma memories without reliving experiences
  • Works for all trauma types, including preverbal
  • Can be used independently or with a facilitator
  • Suitable for intensive or hourly individual or group settings
  • Effective across age groups: children (3+), adolescents, and adults
  • Significantly reduces or eliminates trauma symptoms

"ITR uses the same basic evidence-based mechanisms as EMDR, IFS, CBT and others in one structured method and it works the same for all kinds of  trauma."  Dr. Linda Gantt Co-founder of ITR

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What is ITR? from ITR Training Institute on Vimeo.

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ITR® for Kids from ITR Training Institute on Vimeo.

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Grounding A Person from ITR Training Institute on Vimeo.

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We say, "Resolve the trauma first,

and then see what's left.”

Trauma symptoms very often mimic mental health disorders.

Many suffer silently, feeling they're "crazy" because nothing they've tried has worked. Many therapusts are not rained to treat trauma, just help people cope.

Trauma has real consequences like anxiety, hyperactivity, fears, self-mutilation, obesity, nightmares, flashbacks, and depression.

Drs. Tinnin and Gantt say, "there is no reason why a person should even suppfer from a minimal symptom of trauma. IIt's easy to treat and it doesn't take long to do it,"

Instinctual Trauma Response® (ITR) recognizes trauma's potential consequences as being "stuck" in the ITR Components such as startle, fight/flight, freeze, altered consciousness, automatic obedience, or self-repair. Living with this toxic stress can be devastating, leaving many feeling hopeless and irreparably broken. Many treatment options can be confusing, slow, re-traumatizing, and yield minimal results.

ITR® prioritizes addressing root causes over treating symptoms or learning to cope. It offers a gentle, non-invasive approach to trauma, guiding individuals through simple yet effective tasks to swiftly overcome being 'stuck. It reconsolidates traumatic memories without reliving them, and calms internal chaos.

If you're a mental health provider or a trauma survivor feeling frustrated by ineffective past efforts or temporary coping techniques, ITR® will help!

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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.

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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.

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Testimonials

“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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