How We Define Trauma
We emphasize that trauma cannot be reduced solely to your neurobiology, maladaptive learned behaviours, or environmental conditioning. Trauma affects our fundamental motivations at the level of identity, relationships, personal meaning, and purpose. In other words, treatment that focuses on symptom reduction is less effective than treatment that combines symptom reduction with helping clients pursue personally meaningful lives.
Our Program Aim, Highlights, and Therapies
The goal of the trauma program is to help first responders, military personnel, and veterans begin the process of integrating their traumatic experiences into how they make sense of themselves and the world. To achieve positive results, this new way of making sense of things must be responsive to reality and to the client’s personal values. Our current trauma therapies include:
- Psychiatric assessment and treatment
- 1-1 talk therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills
- Trauma Yoga
- Art Therapy for Trauma
- Hakomi and Somatic Counselling
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
- Compassion Fatigue and Resilience techniques (Dr. Eric. Gentry)
Trauma and Addiction Programs Work Together
Most treatment centres do not treat addiction issues and PTSD simultaneously. Treating one issue instead of the other can cause real panic for clients, often leading to them leaving early from the program. Our clinical and medical teams have spent the time making sure that our addiction treatment program and the trauma program integrate seamlessly. This prevents clients needing to make sense of conflicting information. For example, addiction programming that uses language like “defects of character” can cause overwhelming shame for a professional whose drug and alcohol use developed as a way to deal with the PTSD they developed on the job. We take care to ensure the language we use is not causing confusion of pain.
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