ITT offers an Individual Intensive
Trauma Therapy (IITT) that is a brief outpatient
therapy, which we consider to be a cost effective
alternative to hospital programs.
If you have one or more of the
following disorders you may be a candidate for
the IITT outpatient program:
Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to:
- Single trauma
- Several traumas
- Childhood abuse
- Medical conditions
- Surgical or dental procedures
Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS)
In addition, if a person has
a trauma history we treat symptoms such as:
thoughts, compulsive acts
into substance abuse
The ITT program accepts a maximum
of 2 people per week. The clinic also treats
people who live within a reasonable driving distance
of Morgantown but who, for professional or personal
reasons, cannot come for the full program.
All sessions are individual ones. For adults we start at 9:00 AM with “morning rounds” where the treatment team members meet with you to plan the day. We make a schedule in advance but modify it according to your particular needs. We break for lunch at noon and resume at 1 PM. The day ends at 4:30 PM so there are over 30 treatment hours per week. In addition to daily therapy the Intensive Trauma Therapy fee includes:
- An hour of follow-up telephone calls for each week of the intensive program.
- The evaluation and intake process done by Trained Trauma Therapists.
- All screening phone calls prior to treatment.
- Individual Trauma Therapy provided by ITT Trauma Therapists. (no group work)
Lunch is on your own. There are a number of restaurants, grocery stores, and fast food places for all budgets and food preferences. We will give you a map of the area and tell you about our suggestions for eating and shopping.
One of the senior clinicians (Ann DiMarco or Linda Gantt) leads each treatment
team. Each team has two or more therapists. Our team members are experienced
Masters level and above therapists who are trained in the ITT approach. Also,
ITT is a teaching facility therefore graduate students (Master’s level and
above) fulfilling their requirements for university programs in counseling,
social work, art therapy, or psychology are included in the treatment
Since all of the treatment day is spent in individual sessions you can get almost a year’s worth of therapy in a week (over 30 hours).
Using a treatment team enables us to focus on specific procedures for trauma
treatment rather than the therapeutic relationship. Every team member knows
all aspects of the ITT program. We pride ourselves on being flexible and
responsive to each person’s needs.
After the first day (which introduces you to the fundamentals of the program)
you can expect to process approximately one trauma per day. You will learn
“tools for life” so that you can manage your dissociative symptoms. If you
have trauma voices you will have mastered a method of communication that
will enable the voices to become part of your present life.
We welcome family members or friends to come to ITT if the patient desires.
Some patients have a family member attend the first and last sessions of
the program. Additionally, we will provide suggestions about resources for
families and friends as well as for patients.
Our facility and staff welcome family pets as
we understand that pet therapy can be very important
to the recovery process. If you have a special
pet we would be happy to discuss having your
pet accompany you through your treatment.
We do a great deal of psychoeducational work
in conjunction with the trauma processing therapy.
We are happy to recommend reading material to
patients, families, and friends so that people
can access the most current professional literature
(see our list of recommended books and resources).