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My Journey with TIR (applied metapsychology)

Alicia Maynard

I’ve just finished my TIR journey with Gina Michaud as a facilitator and I’d like to share with you what I’ve gained by doing this amazing work. All the items that were on my case plan(1) following my intake interview have been resolved and I am free from emotional charges related to my past. I’ve had many traumas in the past and when I first started, I’ve told as much to Gina. The trust was quickly established and it was a real partnership.


I came to realize that I was carrying this heavy chain of painful events without knowing I was doing so.  Since I was a child, I kept with me all the traumas, the fear, the insecurities, the uncertainty, the mistrust and I didn’t know how to get rid of them. The Unblocking(2) technique among others has made me see the connections between what happened to me and the survival behaviors I’d developed. Becoming aware of them, understanding where they came from and that I didn’t need them anymore, has allowed me to shed them and be free.


As I’ve shed the weight of the past I was carrying with me, it made room for positive things in my life and more selfcare. I’m comfortable with my past and who I am. As a partner, if I feel fear, I’m able to recognize it and this is not the little girl who reacts and makes things worse. My relationship is amazing because of that. As for being a mom, I can say that today,  I parent without guilt. Even at work, I’m able to not take on what is not mine and I’ve learned to speak my truth in an assertive way without being offensive to others.


I’ve been participating in group therapy and intensive counselling for sex abuse. Even with the help of these methods, I would not have arrived as quickly at the results that TIR gave me. I wonder if I ever would have. TIR allows your body and brain to throw out the stuff you don’t need anymore. I hadn’t done that in any other modality. Another valuable point is that you never finish a session ‘raw’. Gina has always made sure that I was in a good state of mind. We would finish with questions bringing on good memories or some kind of grounding if necessary. 


Gina sometimes took on the role of consultant when I wanted information, to achieve a goal or to have tools. I still use some of them in my day to day life.

  1. Case plan: the written plan of specific techniques designed to accomplish the viewer’s goals for viewing. A case plan is based on data provided by the viewer (client), usually in an interview.

  2. Unblocking: A technique in which a number of mental blocks on a certain issue are addressed repetitively until emotional charge has been reduced and awareness increased on that subject.

Other testimonials

"Your dynamic presentation on self-awareness and empowerment captured the attention of the participants and contributed greatly to the broadening of the leaders' perspective and the success of the meeting."
Kimberly Fortin, Superintendent of Education

"It is clear that you still have much to teach us and to pass on in terms of intelligence and knowledge.
Your words have created a real melting pot of knowledge-action, knowledge-behavior and knowledge-future in the consciousness of the participants today."
Leaders of tomorrow of CSC Providence

"Gina is kind and always offering something new. She is dedicated to helping people and constantly improving herself to fuel that commitment.

"Gina helped me more than any therapist out there! I recommend TIR therapy to everyone as most people have experienced some form of trauma over their lifetime and this type of therapy is literally a life changer!!

I am very grateful for the services you provide. You have given me multiple tools to help manage my stress and anxiety which makes my day-to-day activities more enjoyable. I am more conscious of my surroundings and able to acknowledge as situations arise. You provide this safe space that brings me comfort when I’m at my most vulnerable."

"I have more peace today."

"Gina is amazing. She is so kind and gentle, a perfect companion on this emotional journey."

"Gina always makes me feel like I’m the most important person in the world when I talk to her. Her knack for being present and mindful during the conversation makes me feel heard and confirms that what I have to say is valuable. Gina’s empathy and compassion for others are inspirational and those traits make me feel safe when I’m talking to her. Like a nice cup of coffee, Gina is always warm and comforting."
"I was fortunate to have Gina as a professional coach and mentor for 5 years. Gina has a rare gift that allows people to self reflect and better understand themselves. She asks the right questions to help you discover the best in you but also to help you understand why you do the things you do. She is a perfect combination of strength and compassion and her guidance has helped mold me and also has helped me prioritize and find balance in my life."


"The TIR  approach has made a huge difference in my life. Gina's welcoming, listening and supportive manner makes for a smooth and trusting helping relationship from day one. I recommend TIR to anyone who wants to understand, face their internalized challenges and reconnect with themselves. TIR offers real healing strategies to apply to everyday life and restores the joy of living."


"Having gone through a lot of turmoil in the last two years, I didn't think I would get back on my feet so quickly. I have been well supported, but I was lucky enough to be supported by Gina who knew how to make me see the light and the beauty that I always had in me and especially the strength. She taught me to look within myself before looking at anything else or human and see the light there, because it is through the light that we see the most beautiful colors of our life, of life... Thank you Gina, thank you life...!"

"I have known Gina for over ten years. I can easily say that there are few people who have had such an impact on my personal and professional journey. Gina has a great depth that she brings to her relationships that makes it impossible and unwilling for us to remain impassive to who we are, what we want to be and what we want to accomplish. Gina has a keen sense of recognizing the strengths of the people she works with and helping them to identify the obstacles to their journey to reach their full potential. In all her interventions, she always makes sure to put well-being first and that is why we feel so good in her presence and so supported when she offers us her support. I don't say it lightly when I say that everyone needs a Gina in their life."

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