What is Trauma Therapy? What is Trauma-informed Care?
Trauma Therapy and Trauma-informed Care are different, although related, concepts. Trauma Therapy is specifically designed to treat the actual consequences of trauma whereas Trauma-informed Care is focused on improving your all-around wellness rather than treating specific symptoms.
A traumatic experience is a singular event, a series of events, or a set of circumstances that hinders your ability to cope with the stress it produces, leaving you feeling unsafe, vulnerable, and out of control. The experience can be emotionally or physically harmful, or both. These experiences threaten your life or body, invoking intense feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and/or terror. Without protective supports, traumatic experiences can have devastating and sometimes lasting effects on your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
How do Trauma Therapy and Trauma-informed Care work?
Our therapists offer a variety of different psychotherapy models to individualize your care:
Can Trauma Therapy or Trauma-informed Care help me?
First, realize that whatever your symptoms indicate, reactions to trauma are normal responses to an abnormal situation. You may be experiencing normal emotional responses such as shock, denial, or disbelief; having difficulty concentrating; feeling anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, self-blame; withdrawing from others. Physical symptoms of trauma can include insomnia or nightmares; fatigue; edginess and agitation; muscle tension; aches and pains. We all react to trauma in different ways, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond. We encourage you to avoid comparing your reactions to anyone else’s, even if you experienced the same trauma at the same time, i.e., a natural disaster.
If your reactions to trauma do not ease up in a reasonable amount of time, or begin to interfere with your ability to function, you should seek help in the form of Trauma Therapy or Trauma-informed Care.
What can I expect from Trauma Therapy at Elite DNA Behavioral Health?
As a new patient, your trauma therapy services will begin with an intake appointment with your Care Coordinator, who will take your medical history, help you complete any necessary paperwork, and match you with the right provider (or providers) for you. Already established patients can receive a referral to our Trauma Therapy program. It’s very important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. Working through trauma can be scary and painful. You can expect to feel safe, respected, and understood.
You’re Not Alone… We Can Help.
Our therapists are specialized in trauma-informed care. Let us help you create a tailored plan to care for you. Why not give us a call today to schedule your appointment?