Citation: Greenwald, R. (2008). Progressive Counting: A new trauma resolution method. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1, 249-262.
The Counting Method is a recently developed treatment for trauma memories that appears to be efficient, well tolerated by clients, and relatively easy for therapists to master. Progressive Counting (PC) represents a substantial modification of this method, for enhanced treatment tolerance and efficiency. PC was done with an 11-year-old girl who experienced the death of a family member as well as repeated molestation by a babysitter, and with a 12-year-old girl who experienced two losses and a disabling injury. In each case, at follow-up (12 weeks for the first case, 4 weeks for the second), post-traumatic stress symptoms had moved from clinical to normal levels, presenting problems had substantially diminished, and almost no memory-related distress remained. Progressive Counting is promising and warrants further study.