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Progressive Counting

Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment

Efficient and effective trauma treatment...

by Ricky Greenwald 2013, Routledge

Progressive Counting (PC) is a new trauma treatment developed by Dr. Greenwald, based on the counting method, that so far appears to be at least as effective and efficient as EMDR, well tolerated by clients, and relatively easy for therapists to learn. Go to the Progressive Counting page for more info and publications.

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Progressive Counting Within A Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment teaches a clear rationale and a systematic approach to trauma-informed treatment. The content and methods are research-supported and proven effective. The trauma resolution procedure, Progressive Counting, is efficient, effective, relatively easy to master, and well tolerated by clients. This book takes the reader step by step through the treatment process, using scripted exercises to teach hands-on skills.

This is the text book for Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute’s Progressive Counting training program.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Four Keys to Effective Psychotherapy

  • Chapter 1: Understanding Trauma
  • Chapter 2: The Structure of Trauma-informed Treatment
  • Chapter 3: The Research on This Treatment Approach
  • Chapter 4: Setting Up Treatment
  • Chapter 5: Trauma History
  • Chapter 6: Trauma-Informed Case Formulation
  • Chapter 7: Making a Treatment Contract
  • Chapter 8: Safety and Stabilization
  • Chapter 9: Coping Skills
  • Chapter 10: Enhancing Attachment
  • Chapter 11: Trauma Resolution with PC
  • Chapter 12: PC Problem-Solving
  • Chapter 13: After Trauma Resolution
  • Chapter 14: Case Examples
  • Chapter 15: Challenging Cases: Applying the Model


  • A – Trauma-Informed Treatment Information and Resources
  • B – Brief Tools for Obtaining Client Feedback
  • C – Scripts and Forms
    • Trauma History
    • Case Formulation
    • Self Control Skills
    • Parent Protector
    • Attachment Visualization
    • Progressive Counting
    • PC Quick Guide
    • Safe Place
    • Float Back
    • Container

What people say about the book:

Danny Brom, PhD
Founding director, Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Herzog Hospital, and professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Ricky Greenwald has proven again to be a great teacher for therapists of traumatized patients. He takes us by the hand and, step by step, shows us how to do EFFECTIVE TRAUMA THERAPY. This book is recommended for therapists who need to learn the intricacies of trauma treatment. Ricky Greenwald is a master teacher and he has produced another clear and structured guide for therapists.”

Robin Ticic
Coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation

“Greenwald’s book is at once delightfully captivating and steeped in a deep understanding of the dynamics of trauma. This well structured combination of text and workbook maps out an integrative approach to trauma treatment that is utterly respectful of the client and WILL ENHANCE THE CLINICAL SKILLS AND EFFECTIVENESS of novice and seasoned therapist alike.”

Robert Geffner, PhD
President, Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma at Alliant International University; Editor of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma and the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

“We know that many clients’ problems come from unresolved trauma and loss, and we have finally realized the importance of trauma-informed treatment. This book presents a user-friendly trauma-informed treatment approach that is GROUNDED IN THE TRAUMA RESEARCH AND PRACTICE. Such evidence-based approaches are definitely needed, but most focus on very restricted methods and techniques. This book is unique in that common factors in psychotherapy and memory reconsolidation are utilized. The techniques described in this book are easy for clinicians to follow, presented in a straight-forward manner, and include excellent exercises to illustrate the main points. For trauma resolution, PROGRESSIVE COUNTING PROVIDES ANOTHER IMPORTANT TOOL to include in our tool box. The author has a history of creating and producing innovative and excellent resources in the treatment of trauma. This book continues that tradition.”

Home Study for Professional CEUs:

Mental health professionals can earn 9 CEs and PC Credit with TICTI’s Home Study Program, which includes the book.

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