Since 1987, Treyce has been recognized as an international handwriting expert having had her own newspaper column, radio show, and television segment. In fact she caught the eye of the popular CBS show Criminal Minds and has helped write episodes for them. Most recently we have seen or heard her talking about her work on the missing Baby Gabriel case, attended one of her classes, or read one of her eight books.
After being nearly killed by her very abusive husband in the early 1980's, she made her "escape plan" by changing her writing. Because of that success, she created the Handwriting Formation Therapy program and copyrighted it in 1987. "My goal has always been to help others around the world and I knew my program would do that but, until the internet, I did not have any international means of exposure".
Having worked more than two decades in the field of traditional psychology, she realized it is not very successful. Graduating Alpha Beta Kappa at Kaplan University after obtaining her Forensic Psychology degree, she decided to focus on her HFT program because "it has a much higher success rate that all the traditional therapies put together and is not outdated". Treyce stated that a professor of hers claimed"Traditional therapy is currently at a 16th Century level". She likes to remind people that traditional psychology has been around for over 100 years and the world is getting worse. "Over the past 20 years I have seen kids, teens and adults return from traditional appointments more sad, angry, depressed or suicidal... and, of course, with more medications"
Since the birth of HFT, many private children and adults have successfully completed the program but the real test came in 2006 the State of Texas and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission invited her to conduct a research project with their hard-to-treat, heavy-hitting kids. Each of these juveniles had been through the criminal justice system repeatedly, and each had failed at all of the traditional programs available. The state had nothing to lose by trying Treyce's program. Treyce had just one request - that none of these juveniles receive any other therapies or psychological medications during her program; the state agreed.
In January 2006, the juveniles started their six month HFT program. These kids remained 100% anonymous to Treyce but the state agreed to check their backgrounds for five years to see if they have come back through the system. As of October 2010, none of them have re-offended. All of the kids in the juvenile project agreed that they would "definitely"
These Texas kids weren't the only heavy-hitters;
However most recently she formed a non-profit agency called Written Escape in which clinics are set to open around the world. Their purpose is to work with parents, schools, adults, elderly, and more by providing HFT. Adding that CEO title to her already-champion belt has given her another interest group to aggressively approach....mandating handwriting classes in elementary schools utilizing a mentally healthy alphabet.
She states, "When we learn to cursive write in elementary, we build empathy. If we do not learn cursive writing we do not. This can breed unsympathetic kids who turn into unremorseful teens and adults". Even worse, she says, are schools that still teach penmanship but are using 'mentally unhealthy letter styles'. Unbeknown to them, this is setting our kids up to fail as teens and adults.
The HFT program does not provide, or give advice regarding, psychological medications. However HFT has been so successful that many people were able to leave their psychological medications behind forever. She claims that, "With the traditional field being so medication-based, we have caused some toxicity and are teaching our youth 'don't worry - there is a pill for that too'.
But HFT doesn't stop there either. Her program has been equally effective in treating trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, eating disorders, addictions, and more. Living close to Ft. Hood Army Base would provide a great venue for another research project as the war vets of past and present could certainly benefit.
However her program has been met with some criticism by traditional psychologists who claim they do not believe in HFT. Treyce replies, "I have two things to say about that, one - for over 50 years they have each strongly recommended that their clients journal - well, it's not the pen and paper that do the healing, it's the act of writing so they really do believe in it; and two - I think they are afraid of being out of work".
You can hear testimonials and read letters from therapists, parents, and more on the non-profit website located at www.WrittenEscape.com. Treyce says, "These audio and written testimonials are the voice of our nation. They need us".
Her next goal? A reality show.
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Non-profit agency specializing in international mental health program of Handwriting Formation Therapy for kids and adults, ages 9 - 99. Documented 100% success rate in stopped juvenile crime recidivism rates.