Trauma-informed therapy is not about a specific intervention. Instead, this form of therapy tailors interventions based on a patient’s trauma history, triggers, and other specific needs. This form of therapy becomes a way for therapists to view their patients so they can take into account the impacts that different traumas have had on their emotions, regulations, and behaviors. Intergenerational trauma is also taken into consideration during trauma-informed therapy.
The areas that are emphasized during trauma-informed therapy include:
Physical and emotional safety: A trauma-informed therapist will make sure that clients feel physically and emotionally safe during meetings.
Collaboration: Trauma-informed therapists’ goals are to empower patients by educating them about their options and giving them an active role in their care.
Transparency: Trauma-informed therapists are open and honest with their patients.
Competency: Trauma-informed therapists make sure that they are educated and up-to-date on research and using the best practices for working with clients who have experienced trauma. They also keep themselves aware of different cultural aspects that each patient could experience.