What is Trauma-Specific Therapy?
Whether you survived an earthquake, crime or terrible accident, were told of a loved one’s sudden death, witnessed a
shooting, or experienced a sexual assault, you may find yourself feeling “changed” by what you’ve endured. People have incredible strengths in the face of such disaster, but at times it is too much - even for very capable people - to heal on
their own. That is where trauma-specific therapy can help you restore life to its rightful place, even if you are forever
changed by what you’ve experienced. Not every therapist uses the same approach; I'm utilize a number of therapies including Prolonged Exposure and Narrative Exposure Therapy, always in the context of solid general psychotherapy. These are some elements of the trauma-specific therapy I do in my own practice.
Features of Trauma-Specific Therapy
- Helping you calm and soothe yourself
- Increasing your awareness of, and access to, inner strengths and outside resources
- Processing specific memories, through carefully guided talk, writing, drawing, or with children, through play
- Challenging yourself to re-connect and do non-dangerous things you've been avoiding since the traumatic event(s)
- Challenging trauma-based thinking, so that you can restore a healthy mental framework for living
- Making meaning of what happened, and how it has affected your deepest self and your family