For many of our clients, anxiety, depression and addictions are linked to past trauma. We understand that recovery is only possible if the underlying trauma is treated and resolved. We also know that your trauma is yours and that your path to recovery will be unique. There is no single definition of trauma, and what is traumatic to one person may not be to another. Any of the following experiences can be traumatic:
- Emotional, sexual or physical abuse
- Catastrophic injury or illness
- Rape or assault
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Witnessing violence
- Loss of a loved one
What these events share is that they leave the individual feeling emotionally, cognitively, and physically overwhelmed. The resulting addiction, depression, and anxiety are very normal reactions to these very abnormal experiences. Nonetheless, the inability to cope with everyday life and the pervasive state of fear and anxiety that result cannot simply be “thought away”. Our staff is trained to accurately assess, recognize and treat trauma.
Psychotherapy is the foundation of trauma treatment and is based on the formulation of a trusting therapeutic relationship. Our staff are empathetic, compassionate, professionals who are there to help you heal in a safe, supportive manner. Our clinicians use a combination of Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address and process trauma. The goal of these interventions is to teach relaxation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and to improve emotion regulation.
Medication may be used to address the symptoms of trauma including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Our psychiatrist work with our clients to determine if medication may provide the relief necessary to fully engage the therapeutic process.