When one experiences trauma, there are specific instinctual trauma responses that occur. These responses include: startle, thwarted intention, freeze, altered state of consciousness, body sensations, automatic obedience, and self repair. These responses are instinctual and are not something one consciously has control over. Using art and storytelling, this counseling approach looks at these instinctual trauma responses to help bring closure to the painful memories.
Recources to Understand ITR:
"The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel van der Kolk traumatherapy.us