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Trauma Therapy for the Treatment of Mental Health

Trauma Therapy at Creative Care

Trauma is a major risk factor in the development of many mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, and personality disorders. In fact, Creative Care’s philosophy finds its core in unearthing these traumatic experiences and understanding how they contribute to the mental health difficulties in the lives of our clients. Trauma is essentially a disruption in the mind’s organization of life experiences. In other words, the mind can’t find a place for it and will keep trying until it’s healed. This is how the triggers of mental health disorders work: bringing us back to the site of unhealed trauma. Trauma therapy is a powerful means of treatment that goes to the source of mental health problems while offering alternatives to the dysfunctional behaviors that have resulted from them.

Types of Trauma Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) addresses the distortions in thought caused by trauma, for example, assimilation and over-accommodation. Assimilation often results in self-blame – “I didn’t fight back hard enough so I deserved to be assaulted” – which manifests into depression and other mood disorders. Over-accommodation refers to the generalizations that occur after a traumatic event, or triggers, and leads to anxiety and personality disorders. CPT attempts to reframe the event to change the client’s perspective about the event.

 

Trauma-Focused CBT

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the behaviors that result from those distortions of thought. Clients learn to recognize these behaviors and develop positive coping mechanisms with their therapist. 

 

EMDR

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy as a somatic method of reprocessing the traumatic event. Somatic therapies like EMDR are a means of bridging the mind-body divide. The unprocessed traumatic event still carries physical power over the person suffering with it in the form of an exaggerated fight-flight-or-freeze response. EMDR therapists take note of these physical changes in a client when discussing their trauma and re-map them, releasing the trauma’s hold over the individual.

Be Heard. Be Nurtured. Be Healed.™

Creative Care offers trauma therapy as part of our holistic, “whole-person” approach to mental health treatment. No two clients are alike, and we honor the individual by tailoring each treatment plan with a blend of evidence-based strategies designed to give each client the best possible chance at a lasting recovery. For example, a personalized treatment plan may also include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness interventions and meditation
  • Activities groups
  • Psychological and diagnostic testing
  • Family therapy
  • Attachment-based psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Art therapy
  • EMDR
  • Yoga

Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.