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  • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Trauma Informed Therapist

    What is Trauma Informed Therapy?

    Trauma informed therapy incorporates the awareness of the impact of trauma into treatment. A trauma informed therapist helps a patient integrate this awareness by establishing safety and stability for the patient before proceeding with psycho-education, awareness, and healing.

    Signs You’d Benefit from Trauma Informed Therapy

    You may benefit from Trauma Informed Therapy if you have been exposed to a traumatic event or a series of disturbing experiences, such as childhood abuse or neglect, and the exposure has impaired your ability to function in everyday life. Examples of impairment can include depression, fear, unstable relationships, intense mood changes, difficulty sleeping or eating, intrusive thoughts, or any behavior that effects work, social, or life functioning. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation provides a fact sheet with additional information on Complex Trauma.

    5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Trauma Informed Therapist

    Trauma therapy is very effective but can also be triggering for some patients. It is important to find a therapist whose training and approach match your therapeutic needs. Below are five things to consider when choosing a trauma informed therapist.

    1. Availability: Trauma therapy can be intensive and long. It’s important to choose a therapist who is available to meet with you on a regular basis and will not be expecting any major changes in their schedule.

    2. Personality: You want to feel safe with your therapist when doing trauma work. Before scheduling an appointment, ask the therapist if they are willing to do a phone consultation. This call can give you a sense of the therapist’s personality and help you determine if you would feel comfortable working with them.

    3. Trauma Informed Background: You want to ensure that your therapist has a trauma informed background. Prior to meeting, ask the therapist about their experience and training in working with trauma survivors.

    4. Therapeutic Approach: Ask the therapist which therapeutic approach they use to treat trauma. You can do some research on the different approaches to determine which one feels like the best fit for you.

    5. Experience with Complex Trauma: Not all trauma informed therapists specialize in treating complex trauma, which can present differently than PTSD. If you suspect you have experienced complex trauma, you want to ensure the therapist specializes in treating Complex or Developmental Trauma.

    Getting Started with a Trauma Informed Therapist

    I specialize in treating individuals who have symptoms of PTSD and Complex Trauma. Contact me today to learn more about my approach and get started with Trauma Informed Therapy.

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