Progressive Counting (PC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults who have experienced trauma; has been used with teens and children ages 6 and up

Brief Description

PC is a psychotherapy procedure for resolving trauma or loss memories via memory reconsolidation. Briefly, it entails guiding the client to imagine a movie of the distressing memory, from beginning to end, while the therapist counts aloud first from 1-10, then 1-20, then 1-30, etc., to a maximum of 100. As the distress level goes down, the movies get shorter. This continues until no memory-related distress remains. PC can be done as a stand-alone treatment or within the context of a comprehensive phase model of trauma-informed treatment.

Program Goals:

The goals for Progressive Counting (PC) are:

Primary goal:

  • Help the client to fully process the targeted distressing memory, so that the memory is no longer distressing

Secondary goal:

  • Reduce or eliminate the client’s presenting problems, to the extent that such problems may have been caused or exacerbated by the distressing memory

Contact Information

Ricky Greenwald, PsyD
Agency/Affiliation: Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
Phone: (413) 774-2340

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2015