Trauma-Focused Therapies

There is no magical treatment that will heal this type of trauma overnight, nor is there one form of psychotherapy that is right for everyone, but our focus is on finding a therapist, as well as a therapeutic approach, that works for each individual participating in our program. Healing is like a marathon. It requires preparation, repeated practice, courage, determination, and the support of others.

Participants learn about the stages of healing which can be distressing, motivating, upsetting, or uplifting. In our approach, no matter how a participant feels, their reaction is not wrong. Acknowledging their emotional response to the stages of healing allows them to harness their emotions′ energy and reach out to a trained therapist and their healing support team.
    Emotional Symptoms of Trauma:
  • Anger, irritability and mood swings
  • Guilt, shame and self blame
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Withdrawing from others/isolation
  • Feelings of numbness or disconnection
    Physical Symptoms of Trauma:
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Easily startled
  • Aches and Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Edginess/agitation
  • Muscle tension
  • Unexplained Phantom-like pain
Regardless of what type of therapy a participant pursues, their healing team's number one goal is to empower each participant and welcome them as a collaborator in their therapy, not attempt to impose control over them. In addition, it is crucial that they feel safe in your therapeutic relationships. Trauma is less about what happened and more about losing a connection to oneselves′ feeling as though they have lost their wisdom, strength, and joy in life.

From a holistic point of view, healing from trauma means learning to come back to feeling our sense of self with its full range of emotions and physical experiences. And research is showing that many evidence-based trauma interventions can help. Some of the therapies participants might utilize include:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Somatic Therapies:
  • Mindfulness & Breathwork
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Cranial Sacral or Trauma Touch Therapies
  • Alternative Therapies:
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Movement or Dance Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Equine & Animal Assisted Therapies

Objectives of Therapy Include:

  • Nuturing self-esteem
  • Foster well-being
  • Nourish and maintain emotional health
  • Facilitate social development
  • Foster problem solving and individual creativity
  • Promote verbal and non-verbal congruence
  • Encourage cognitive clarity
  • Encourage seld discipline and behavioral control
  • Cultivate emotional, physical and psychological growth and wellness
  • Work cooperatively with community organizations that serve youth and families