What is trauma and traumatic stress?
Trauma occurs when we witness or experience events that are emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking. Traumatic events commonly cause intense feelings of helplessness, fear, anxiety, or betrayal. Examples of traumatic events include violence, abuse, war or terrorism, loss of a loved one, homelessness, natural disaster, life-threatening illness or accidents.
Posttraumatic stress occurs when a person has trouble managing emotions after experiencing trauma. People may experience three kinds of responses: avoiding thinking about the trauma (trying not to think about it, feeling numb), re-living the trauma (having flashbacks or nightmares), and/or feeling too much (feeling jumpy, easily startled, irritable).
What are trauma-sensitive services?
Many of our clients have experienced multiple traumas in their lives. Our goal is to support clients in creating greater safety in their lives and making healthy choices in relationships with friends, families, and dating partners. We involve clients and their families in setting goals and in making decisions about the treatment process. We believe that each person knows best about what is valuable in their life and in their healing process.
What is “Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ”?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy model that combines trauma-sensitive interventions and narrative therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy. Teens and parents are provided knowledge and skills related to working through traumatic events; managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and developing relaxation skills; and enhancing safety, parenting skills, and family communication. Teens receive support in developing a narrative or other creative project to describe events they have experienced.
What is “Trauma Systems Therapy?”
Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) is an intervention model that focuses on a person and their environment (for example, family, friends, school system, support system, etc.). A “trauma system” involves 1) a person who has experienced trauma and may have difficulty managing emotions and 2) the person’s social environment or support system that may or may not be able to provide enough safety and support. Trauma systems therapy aims to help both the person and her support system make changes to increase safety and help the person manage feelings.
Trauma Services: (541) 343-2993