Trauma-informed therapy focuses on understanding a patient’s history of trauma and how it’s impacting their behavioral health. This form of therapy can help patients if they are unable to cope with the trauma they’ve experienced, or if it’s affecting their ability to function. Trauma-informed therapy can also address issues of guilt and shame that trauma survivors often carry. Tyler Bowman, Founder and CEO of Brooks Healing Center, understands the role trauma can play in addiction, “I had a lot of shame and guilt that were underlying from my childhood that I never really dealt with,” Bowman says. “I want to make sure everyone gets the treatment they need and they’re able to address these issues that have been chasing them for so long and help guide them through that process.”
Some techniques used in trauma-informed therapy include:
Overcoming Fears – Helping patients come to terms with specific places, people, or activities that remind them of their trauma.
Creating Coping Mechanisms – Allows patients to build confidence and provides them with the tools to cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed by their trauma.
Providing Validation – If a patient has been told that they’re overreacting to their trauma or are making them up, trauma-informed therapy can help them to validate their feelings so they can start the healing process.