Trauma informed treatment or care is grounded in and directed by a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects of trauma and the prevalence of these experiences in persons who seek and receive mental health services, and creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT, our therapists will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors as well as beliefs. By addressing these patterns, the person and therapist can better work together to develop constructive ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs. Research of CBT have knowledge to show it to be effective in trauma informed treatment services for a wide variety of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. Individuals who undergo cognitive behavioral therapy show changes in brain activity, suggesting that this therapy actually improves your brain functioning as well.
When individuals are going through the recovery process, maintaining healthy relationships is extremely important from all of the people involved. It is typical for a person who goes through our recovery program to usually come out with a whole new what an ideal relationship should look like. Typically these new or mended relationships will last for a long period of time due to the connection they had during the weakest part of their lives.
Avoiding former negative influences and people, could help prevent the recurring negative relationships common with past experiences. When the person is able to develop a positive relationship with family members, friends and a support group, recovery can be an easier process. Creating healthy relationships in recovery can be a lifetime support and something that can grow.
Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive, drugless method for teaching the brain to function in a more healthy and balanced way. It is a more simple and pleasant learning modality that can help shift the way the brain distributes and produces its electrical frequency. Four divisions of electrical impulses made by our brain, Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta are called “Frequency Bands”. These Frequency Bands tell us which parts of our brain are active and which frequency bands the brain should be using to complete a given activity, task or should be most active during different states of mind.
The goal of Neurofeedback is to improve the brain’s ability to self-regulate, maintain flexibility, and smoothly shift between states of relaxation and arousal. Since the brain also controls attention, emotional and affect regulation, this ultimately allows the entire central nervous system to resume normal functioning. Applications of Neurofeedback include but are not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- TBI/Head Injuries/Seizures/Stroke
- Peak Performance/Meditation
The psychological process of bringing an individual’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other therapy training through a trauma informed treatment program.
A progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual acts and thoughts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. Over time, the addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results.
Eye Movement Desensitization
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is utilized to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Multiple studies have shown that it can reduce the emotional distress caused from traumatic memories and experiences. EMDR replaces negative emotional reactions to difficult memories with less-charged or positive reactions or beliefs. Performing a series of back and forth, repetitive eye movements for 20-30 seconds is helpful to individuals for the changing of the damaging emotional reactions. Therapists refer to this protocol as “dual stimulation.” During the therapy, an individual stimulates the brain with back and forth eye movements (or specific sequences of tapping or musical tones). Simultaneously, the individual stimulates memories by recalling a traumatic event.