Healing from trauma is a journey, and we are here to walk beside you every step of the way. Our approach is rooted in the research and guided by a deep commitment to trauma-informed care.

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care goes beyond a buzzword – it’s a philosophy that informs every aspect of our practice. It recognizes that trauma affects individuals in profound and often complex ways, shaping their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

We ask, “What happened to you?” rather than viewing clients from a problem-based perspective of “What’s wrong?” This shift in perspective allows us to create a safe and supportive environment where healing can begin.

Who Seeks Trauma Treatment?

Trauma is a deeply personal experience that can result from a wide range of events, not just life-threatening situations. We work with individuals from all walks of life who seek healing and recovery from various forms of trauma. Here are some common examples of who typically comes for trauma treatment, along with the symptoms they may be experiencing and the difficulties they are facing:

  1. Survivors of Abuse:
    • Domestic Violence: Individuals who have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in intimate relationships may struggle with trust issues, anxiety, depression, and feelings of helplessness.
    • Childhood Abuse or Neglect: Survivors of childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse often carry long-lasting scars into adulthood, including low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, chronic anxiety, and depression.
  2. Victims of Accidents or Natural Disasters:
    • Accidents: Individuals involved in serious car accidents or similar threatening events may experience flashbacks, avoidance of driving, heightened anxiety, and physical symptoms like headaches or muscle tension.
    • Natural Disasters: Survivors of events like hurricanes, earthquakes, or fires may suffer from persistent fear, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, and hypervigilance.
  3. Military Veterans & Law Enforcement:
    • Combat Trauma: Veterans who have been in combat situations often deal with PTSD symptoms such as intrusive memories, nightmares, emotional numbness, and difficulty reintegrating into civilian life.
    • Law Enforcement Trauma: Police officers and other law enforcement personnel frequently encounter traumatic events, such as violent crimes, accidents, and disasters. These experiences can lead to PTSD symptoms, including hypervigilance, anxiety, depression, and difficulty processing the intense emotions associated with their work. They may also struggle with trust issues, sleep disturbances, and relationship challenges due to the high-stress nature of their job.
  4. Individuals with Medical Trauma:
    • Severe Illness or Injury: Those who have faced life-threatening illnesses or serious injuries may struggle with anxiety, depression, fear of medical procedures, and a sense of vulnerability.
  5. Survivors of Sexual Assault or Violence:
    • Sexual Violence: Survivors of sexual assault or violence often experience intense fear, shame, guilt, hypervigilance, and difficulty with intimacy and relationships.
  6. Witnesses of Traumatic Events:
    • Secondary Trauma: Even if not directly involved, individuals who witness traumatic events (such as first responders or bystanders) can develop symptoms similar to those directly affected, including anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts.
  7. Individuals with Attachment Wounds:
    • Attachment Wounds: Individuals who have experienced inconsistent, neglectful, or abusive caregiving or abandonment by a caregiver in their formative years may struggle with attachment wounds. These can manifest as difficulties in forming secure relationships, persistent feelings of insecurity, and challenges with emotional regulation.

Some Common Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma can affect individuals in many different ways, and its impact can be felt emotionally, cognitively, physically, behaviorally, and interpersonally. Recognizing the symptoms of trauma is the first step toward seeking help and healing. Here are some common symptoms that individuals experiencing trauma may face:

  • Emotional Symptoms: Anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, emotional numbness, mood swings, and feelings of guilt or shame.
  • Cognitive Symptoms: Intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty concentrating, and memory problems.
  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal issues.
  • Behavioral Symptoms: Avoidance of places or situations that trigger memories of the trauma, withdrawal from social activities, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors.
  • Interpersonal Symptoms: Problems with interpersonal relationships, including difficulty trusting others, conflicts with loved ones, and social withdrawal.

A Research-Informed Approach to Trauma

Our approach is grounded in the latest research in psychology and neuroscience. We understand the intricate workings of the brain and how trauma can impact its structure and function. With this knowledge, we tailor our interventions to address the unique needs of each client, drawing from evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness-based practices.

What to Expect

When working with our team, you can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you will be met with empathy, compassion, and understanding. Our therapists are trained to create a sense of safety and trust, essential ingredients for healing from trauma.

During your sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore your experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental space. We will work together to identify triggers, develop coping strategies, and build resilience so that you can reclaim your life and move forward with confidence. The pace will be completely within your control. No one will take you where you’re not ready to go.

Our goal is to alleviate symptoms and help you thrive in all areas of your life. Whether you’re struggling with PTSD, childhood trauma, or the aftermath of a recent event, we are here to offer guidance, support, and hope.

Trauma-Informed Care Techniques Tailored for Every Age Group

We understand that trauma affects individuals across the lifespan, from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. That’s why we offer a range of trauma-informed care techniques to meet the unique needs of children, teens, and adults.

Children

Children who have experienced trauma often lack the language to express their feelings and experiences verbally. Our therapists utilize a variety of techniques to help children process and cope with their emotions, including:

  • Play Therapy: Play is children’s language, and play therapy allows them to express themselves in a safe and non-threatening environment. Through toys, games, and creative activities, children can explore their feelings, process traumatic experiences, and develop healthy coping skills.
  • Art-Based and Expressive Therapy: Art-based and expressive therapy allows children to express themselves when words fail them. Through drawing, painting, and other artistic mediums, children can externalize their inner world, gain insight into their emotions, and find healing.
  • Sand Tray Therapy: In sand tray therapy, children use miniature figures and objects to create scenes in a tray of sand. This technique allows them to construct narratives, process traumatic events symbolically, and explore solutions to their problems nonverbally.

Teens

Adolescence is a time of rapid change and growth, and trauma can significantly impact a teen’s sense of self and identity. Our therapists work closely with teens to help them navigate their emotions and build resilience, using techniques such as:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a highly effective approach for teens struggling with trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Through CBT, teens learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop coping strategies, and build resilience.
  • Mindfulness-Based Practices: Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, and body scans, can help teens regulate their emotions, reduce stress, and increase self-awareness. These practices provide teens with valuable tools for managing the symptoms of trauma and promoting overall well-being.
  • Expressive Therapies: Just like younger children, teens can benefit from expressive therapies such as art, music, and drama therapy. These modalities allow teens to explore their emotions, express themselves creatively, and find healing through self-expression.

Adults

Trauma can have far-reaching effects on adults, impacting their relationships, work, and overall quality of life. In addition to the techniques mentioned above, our therapists offer a range of evidence-based techniques to help adults heal from trauma, including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a powerful therapy that helps adults process traumatic memories and reframe negative beliefs. By stimulating bilateral brain activity through eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, EMDR can help adults integrate traumatic experiences and reduce their emotional charge.
  • Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness: Somatic experiencing focuses on the connection between the mind and body and helps adults release stored trauma energy through gentle movements, breathework, and body awareness exercises. This approach can help adults discharge pent-up stress and tension, leading to greater emotional and physical well-being.
  • Exposure Therapy: Exposure therapy is a key component of trauma-informed care, particularly for individuals struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Exposure therapy works by gradually exposing individuals to trauma-related triggers or memories in a therapeutic setting. Through repeated and systematic exposure, individuals learn to confront and process their traumatic experiences without experiencing overwhelming fear or distress.  During exposure therapy sessions, individuals work closely with a trained therapist to develop a hierarchy of trauma-related stimuli, ranging from least to most distressing. Together, they gradually work through this hierarchy, starting with less threatening stimuli and progressively moving towards more challenging ones.

Take the First Step

No matter your age or stage of life, healing from trauma is possible, and you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow, we invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation. Together, we can embark on a journey of healing, growth, and transformation.