Trauma and PTSD Treatment
Trauma is now used in a broad sense to describe events of such a great magnitude that a child’s brain cannot consolidate into long term-memory, or the adult’s brain cannot make meaning and thereby integrate the experience. Often trauma is associated with dissociation, such that the self becomes fragmented and part of the individual feels one way and another part feels the opposite. For example, one part feels so much rage, they want to hurt someone, while another part is compassionate. Typically, numbness, hyperarousal and intrusive symptoms can appear with poor emotional regulation and exaggerated startle response. We utilize a combination of evidence-based treatment approaches such as Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR and Internal Family Systems and other forms of Exposure Therapy as well as the group process. We have over 40 years of experience working with Complex Trauma.
When an individual has experienced PTSD from combat or sexual assault there is both the impact of events, and typically secondary traumatic events and stuck points or cognitive distortions such as blame and shame that prevent healing. Having worked with hundreds of veterans and thousands of sexual abuse survivors, we are very experienced in compassionately facilitating the healing process. Our contract with TriCare has availed us a great deal of experience with combat veterans. Also, the Directors formerly were Director of Masters and Johnson Treatment Programs for Trauma and Dissociative Disorders for more than 15 years.