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Trauma Focused Therapy


The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Trauma-Focused Treatment as:

1.) Treatment that realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands the potential paths for recovery,

2.) Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, their families and others.

3.) Responds by fulling integrating knowledge about trauma into procedures and practices, and

4.) Actively resists re-traumatization.

More about Trauma Focused Treatment:

Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting your feelings and seeking professional help can effectively treat PTSD.

It's possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event or events occurred, which means it's never too late to seek help.

TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage problems by changing how you think and act, while giving you unconditional support and empathy.

Trauma-focused TEAM-CBT uses a range of psychological techniques to help you experience relief from symptoms associated with the traumatic event.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):

I also use Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), which is a form of psychological treatment developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD that has been found to reduce the symptoms of PTSD and alleviate the psychological pain and distress associated with traumatic memories that often occur when someone has experienced trauma, whether from childhood abuse, sexual assault, spousal abuse, combat, car accidents, natural disasters, or other traumas and disturbing events.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART):


Another process I use is ART, which is an off-shoot of EMDR created by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT and works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions.


  • The first goal of trauma focused therapy is to reduce the symptoms that you are suffering from.

  • The second goal of trauma therapy is to teach you skills and strategies to assist you in better understanding, coping with, and processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences.

  • The third goal of trauma therapy is to enable you to have a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in your life.

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