By Alex Chapunoff, LMHC, TIRF
In TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction), a breakthrough is referred to as an “end point” – a shift that occurs for a client as a result of a new understanding, recovered knowledge or memory, and/or a significant release of pent-up emotional pain. It is usually evident in his or her sense of relief, joy, and increased well-being. The mood changes from “heavy” to “light.”
Here are four instances of client TIR end points from my practice:
1. Recently, a client who had been very tense for a long time reached her end point and loosened up considerably. She described it as “I feel like something that had been stuck in my head popped out. And my chest feels lighter too.”
2. A client who presented as nervous, stiff, and preoccupied had an end point and gradually (over a few minutes) became calm, relaxed and smiling. He said, “I have realized things I never had before. Thank you.”
3. A client went from being serious and tense to much brighter, energized, and smiling. Experiences and feelings she had always neglected or denied, she could now feel secure about.
4. One client had held on to a sexual abuse experience for over forty years; as a survivor of that trauma, she had not told anyone about it, except to a sister the week prior to her session. She felt the incident had altered the course of her life negatively all those decades, impacting her self-regard, relationship choices, and emotional functioning. After two TIR sessions, she said, “I can’t believe this has lifted off of me. It doesn’t even bother me now.”
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