Trauma Informed Therapy

What is Trauma Informed Therapy?

Trauma Informed Therapy is being mindful of clients’ trauma and its impact on their relationships, mental health, daily life and the ability to engage in treatment. Trauma informed therapists assume that a client could have a trauma or tragedy in their history and will take steps to avoid inadvertently triggering or re-traumatizing the client in treatment.

What is "Trauma"?

Trauma defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)  “Exposure to actual or threatened events involving death, serious injury, or sexual violation in one (or more) of the following ways:

  1. Directly experiencing the events.

  2. Witnessing the events in person as they occur to others.

  3. Learning that the events occurred to a close family member or friend.

  4. Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to adverse details of the events."

One thing to keep in mind is that not one person will experience a traumatic event in the same manner nor will someone whom experiences a traumatic event have trauma afterward.  According to research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente Insurance there are 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that impact children, adolescents, and ultimately follow into adulthood. Adults with high ACE scores are at greater risk than those with lower scores for physical health issues, mental illness, and early death. Trauma informed therapists work to be knowledgable about clients trauma and understand the impact of the trauma on the client in the present and for the future.

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How is Truth Center Trauma Informed?

Truth Center enters each session with the client's familial and cultural history in mind. By taking into consideration potential influences and environments in which you’ve had experiences that have shaped you, clients can feel seen and heard. Often client's are unaware of  the protective factors that they have created for themselves in response to any trauma or tragedy. Truth Center therapists will carefully guide clients to understanding these protective factors, healing from the trauma, and create a space to explore changes they want to make to take back control of their lives.

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