ITR Training Testimonials

Anyone working with people will encounter individuals who have been traumatized. They present with many different symptoms. ITR will teach you how to help them and provide trauma resolution, greatly reducing or totally eliminating trauma symptoms once and for all.


"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."

J. Eric Gentry  PhD. "Forward Facing Trauma Therapy"


“The therapeutic implications of the ITR 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 Emeritus Faculty, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute


Instinctual Trauma Response allows for the gentle and rapid processing of haunting traumatic memories in a matter of days, not months or years. Their sensitivity and compassion, along with their exceptionally astute understanding of trauma and the healing process, have produced a significant breakthrough in the field of trauma treatment. I applaud their work, and enthusiastically recommend ITR to all those who treat and support survivors of trauma.

Glenn Schiraldi, Ph.D., LTC (USAR, Ret.)  "The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook"


ITR is a comprehensive tool for treating trauma. Neurologically sound and effective. It is a groundbreaking healing agent for those with PTSD.  Not only does it provide a tactile experience to rewiring neurological storage of the traumatic event, but it also provides tools such as Externalized Dialogue to follow the person into life to maintain and strengthen the new neural pathways ITR created for the person, alleviating them of their symptoms for good.  Every client deserves the gift of ITR.

Chelsey Marrow, LPCCS, ITR-CT


The ITR method is the most efficient, gentle and thorough therapeutic model and procedures, I have come across in training and in practice so far, to help integrate one’s trauma/stress history, and to help relieve one’s trauma- and stress-related consequences for the body, mind, and relationships. It gives me, and the people I work with, clarity and direction with therapeutic opportunities, goals, and tools needed for a tangible therapeutic outcome in the shortest possible (or available) time, given one’s scope of trauma/stress history and life context. It helps save time until relief by introducing procedures – neurobiologically and clinically sound, for each stage and aspect of trauma integration – that – for most people, my colleagues and I work with – allow to safely process the most impactful and foundational trauma without delay. Wisdom, compassion, and dignity best describe the inner workings of this model and practice.

It is an honor to work with the ITR method tools and witness clients be relieved from post-traumatic consequences and grow into their full potential. I am grateful to Dr. Linda Gantt and Dr. Louis Tinnin for their lifetime of work and their introduction to this approach.

Iryna Natalushko, MA, ITR-CTS, Art Therapist


Kids and adults come to me with very significant trauma histories and have complex consequences. I use ITR and it works tremendously in reducing their symptoms quickly and long-term. ITR is very adaptable and a game-changer for us working with trauma survivors. We used it as the primary modality for treatment at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. I love the ITR. I urge other programs I work with to train their staff immediately in ITR. I think it will revolutionize mental health and trauma treatment.”


Learning the ITR has been an enriching experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to add this valuable skill to my toolbox. I am eager to share this process with clients and help them work through memories that are troubling and move to a place of peace. 

Hilary Chermak, LCPC, ATR-BC


There is no better method out there. This is the only one I will ever use. It’s the only one that has such powerful, lasting results and so quickly. It’s amazing and Dr Tinnin and Dr. Gantt are brilliant. Brain science has proven what they have been saying for years. I hope the rest of the field learns this. Our world will be a different place

Alexandria Zettler, PhD, ITR-CT, ATR-BC


I have been in private practice for 10 years and trained in several trauma modalities. I think ITR is unique in its clear and thorough understanding of trauma. The combination of key modalities, including grounding, narrative therapy, art therapy, focus on somatic symptoms, and parts work, keeps the client safe while deeply treating the trauma and creates transformation for the client. Most of all, ITR can be used in intensive trauma treatment, and broken down into segments and incorporated into weekly sessions, making it a powerful and very flexible trauma modality. The training is experiential, fun, and very focused. I walked away with a clear understanding of the method, confidence to implement it, and a toolbox of resources that are easy and exciting to use with clients.
Rivky Bertram, LCSW

 "The ITR training is an invaluable tool for any therapist- or human. In the training, I experienced relief from doing my own work as examples, which showed me this method really works and can be a game-changer for clients."

Amy Bucciarelli, MS., LMHC, ATR-BC


This will change how I interact therapeutically with anyone I come in contact with. It's a Game Changer.

Aisha Malek, LPCC

 The ITR 101 through 103 is crucial training for any therapist who works with children or adults who have experienced trauma. It is literally an eye-opening approach that can HEAL trauma! 

Jenni Atkins, LMSW (


I really enjoyed this training (ATC 101/Peer Support Program) and am looking forward to the follow-up coursework. Chelsey was a great instructor; she has a wonderful voice for Zoom. I was initially worried about digesting the material on a virtual platform, but the course worked well! This information brings home the important idea that trauma also impacts us in physiological ways, and provides succinct and useful activities that can be tailored to many age groups and populations.  

Erica Carlson, LCSW-C 


 As an art therapist working with clients with trauma, the ITR has been a missing link to help them process and overcome traumatic experiences.  I highly recommend this critical training.  Our work is incomplete without it.

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT



I love ITR. I think it will revolutionize mental health and trauma treatment. I think everyone should be trained in the ITR model. It’s effective. it’s quick, but most of all it reduces trauma symptoms and that’s what we want, these children and these adults to have healthy, happy lives."

- Danni Davis, LCSW, CCSOT, CITRI