Intensive Out Patient Trauma Program
- Developed to meet the needs of individuals struggling with symptoms of Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Common responses to Trauma include: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual addiction or avoidance, problems with intimacy/relationships, vocational issues, lacking a sense of self-worth and purpose, fibromyalgia, unexplained chronic pain
The Trauma Program includes a variety of therapeutic components designed to assist clients with:
- Identifying the manner in which traumatic events have impacted their lives (emotionally, psychologically, physically)
- Exploring, processing and integrating traumatic experiences
- Increasing a sense of safety within themselves, in relationships, and in the world
- Giving voice to their experiences in a safe, supportive environment
- Enhancing relational skills due to the program’s group format
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:15pm – 8:15pm
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Group Psychotherapy
- Nutrition/Intuitive Eating Education during evening meals
- Weekly individual psychotherapy
- In order to determine whether or not this program is right for you, here is some information about Trauma:
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
The key to understanding traumatic events is that trauma refers to extreme stress that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. Thus, a traumatic event or situation creates psychological trauma when it overwhelms the individual’s ability to manage, and leaves that person fearing death, annihilation, mutilation, or psychosis. The individual may feel emotionally, cognitively, and physically overwhelmed. The circumstances of the event commonly include abuse of power, betrayal of trust, entrapment, helplessness, pain, confusion, and/or loss.
The definition of trauma includes responses to powerful one-time incidents like accidents, natural disasters, crimes, surgeries, deaths, and other violent events. It also includes responses to chronic or repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect, combat, urban violence, concentration camps, battering relationships, and enduring deprivation.
Adapted from an article written by Esther Giller, President, Sidran Institute, http://www.sidran.org/resources/for-survivors-and-loved-ones/what-is-psychological-trauma