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Victim service agency to be first in country to offer free TIR counseling

A victim service agency is one track to become the first in the country to offer all levels of the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) method, free of charge. (WJAC)

RIDGWAY - A victim service agency is one track to become the first in the country to offer all levels of the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) method, free of charge.

Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA) is a non-profit organization that offers life-saving services to victims, significant others and children of domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness and victims of series crimes in Elk and Cameron

Executive Director of CAPSEA, Billie Jo Weyant, said the agency already provides four levels of the TIR method. Weyant said once certified in the final level, CAPSEA will be the first agency to provide all levels free of charge.

"You can count on one hand how many people on this earth have not been traumatized by something," Weyant said. "Every trauma links to another trauma, so when you start peeling those layers away, you're really helping people."

Weyant said TIR is a one-on-one method for removing the negative effects of past traumatic events and involves re-experiencing those traumas in a safe environment. Weyant said it's a client led practice.

"TIR is totally driven by the victim or the person who wants to release their trauma. We are there to listen and simply acknowledge," Weyant said.

Counselor Tiffany Palmer said the final level of TIR is life coaching. She said this method will allow CAPSEA to help people find a direction in life and achieve their goals.

"I've been doing and using a lot of different techniques in my years in this field, and TIR is by far one of my favorites," Palmer said. "It is very steadfast, true and tried technique that I believe really does work."

Palmer said to date, around 20 clients have gone through the TIR process.

Weyant said the last level of CAPSEA’s training is scheduled to be completed in August.

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