What trauma have you experienced?
As broken and damaged as you may possibly feel, we believe that you have incredible strengths that we can help your harness.
Trauma – and trauma therapy – is incredibly personal and subjective. People cope with all kinds of psychological traumas: physical, sexual, and/or emotional traumas; one-time traumas, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorism; and complex relational traumas which occur over time, and are often connected with familial attachment relationships. Because you are unique, and because your traumatic history is unique, there is no ‘blueprint’ to your treatment. In general, trauma therapy tends to be relationally-oriented and intuitive, with an emphasis on clear boundaries and communication.
Our Approach to Trauma Therapy
Our therapists initially work on developing a strong, secure treatment relationship built on trust. This is the foundation and ultimately one of the most curative aspects of trauma therapy treatment. Integral to this phase of trauma treatment is building security, stabilization, and consistency in the treatment process. A stable treatment frame – knowing what to expect and feeling safe in this knowledge – is an important component. During this phase of work, we work on accessing, developing, and cultivating positive internal resources.
As broken and damaged as you may possibly feel, we believe that you have incredible strengths that you may or may not be aware of. Harnessing and utilizing these strengths becomes a vital anchor in working through trauma. We also work on containing and modulating overwhelming and dysregulated affect, and re-grounding and anchoring from dissociative experiences.
The extent to which and how we delve into traumatic memory is also highly subjective. It is possible that as treatment progresses we may help you on ‘working through’ painful traumatic memories in ways that access your strengths and re-build the neural networks associated with your memories. An emphasis is often placed on mastery, new understanding, and cultivating neuroplasticity. We believe strongly in the concept of ‘post-traumatic growth’ and work with our patients to build this growth through thoughtful work. It is important to note, however, that for some clients explicitly revisiting past traumatic memories is not as vital to the work. Trauma has a way of living in the present through contextual and somatic cues, triggers and re-experiencing of trauma. There is plenty of important present-centered work that happens in trauma therapy treatment.
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