Compared to weekly one hour sessions, intensive therapy allows a person to make considerable gains in reducing symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety in a much shorter period of time.  Length of treatment varies from 2 to 4 weeks with therapy taking place 5 days per week, mornings and afternoons (9:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:30).  A number of days (typically 5) are spent using the Instinctual Trauma Response Model of treatment.  This model was developed by psychiatrist Dr. Louis Tinnin and psychologist Dr. Linda Grant.  In the 1990s, Dr. Tinnin conducted clinical studies to compare different methods of accessing traumatic material. He compared hypnosis, sodium amytal, and nitrous oxide. He discovered that the catharsis of reliving a trauma was not the curative element as he had predicted. He realized that the key to a person’s improvement was being able to finish the story. Those whose stories were told in an unemotional fashion did better than those whose stories were emotionally told but interrupted before the ending. With this important finding, Dr. Tinnin and Dr. Gantt began working on specific methods to keep a person from reliving painful events. They devised an art therapy approach (which they later called the Graphic Narrative). They soon found if they used the components of the Instinctual Trauma Response as an outline for each story, it enabled them to identify many of the fragments of a story that caused troubling symptoms. Once the stories were complete and then told back to the patients (a process called a “re-presentation”), the patients often spontaneously commented that they felt the event was truly over.  This method of treatment leads to substantial reduction of intrusive, avoidant, anxiety, and dissociative symptoms.  

Dr. de Blois is fully certified by Intensive Trauma Therapy Inc (www.traumatherapy.us) to deliver this mode of treatment.  Contact us for information about pricing and lodging.

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