A psychological trauma is a wounding of the mind, a blow or series of blows that damage a person’s emotional integrity and cause profound pain. Untreated and unhealed, trauma can drastically impact one’s ability to live fully and form and maintain loving relationships with others and oneself.
The Enhanced Outpatient Trauma/Anxiety Services program offers comprehensive clinical help to individuals experiencing the symptoms of both recent single and early complex traumas, and to members of the military and first responders experiencing either or both.
All clients are provided with 1 weekly individual session, 1 weekly group therapy session, and medication management (every other week or less frequent – as needed). For your convenience and specific care needs, and now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer Telehealth services for all the sessions.
This program is appropriate for the treatment of various types of traumas including COVID-19 related losses, death scares, and all outcomes to the pandemic leading to lifestyle dysregulation which lingers and continues to impact the individual’s quality of life and emotional stability.
In the Enhanced Outpatient Trauma/Anxiety Services program clients receive psychoeducation and clinical support in learning about trauma and anxiety symptoms, and about effective ways to cope with and control these symptoms in a safe, supportive, professionally supervised environment. Managing trauma is a great challenge, but individuals who have suffered it can achieve the ability to live a successful and satisfying life.
Three treatment tracks
We offer courses of treatment for three forms of trauma organized in treatment tracks:
- In cases of single trauma, generally recent, most people can still function normally in everyday life but need help learning how to manage and diminish emotional pain and stress. Through techniques summarized below, clients can achieve these goals. Our single-trauma track lasts 12 weeks with the possibility to expand treatment based on clinical needs.
- With complex trauma, typically incurred early in life and often repeated over long periods, survivors experience more profound challenges that impact behaviors, emotions, their sense of safety, and the locus of control in most or all areas of their lives. Treatment is indefinite in length.
- Trauma incurred by active-duty military personnel or first responders is treated in a 12-week program, as military personnel are expected to be working and available for deployment at any time. The traumas are usually recent and singular but are sometimes complicated and worsened by earlier complex trauma, in which case treatment recommendation will be made to meet the clinical needs.
How the program operates
For people coping with any of these trauma types, the program is designed to provide the necessary skills and clinical resources for recovery. Clients learn to tolerate the emotional struggle, to improve their interactions with others and themselves, to strengthen balance and control in daily existence, and to make effective changes towards improving their quality of life.
Gaining control of strong negative emotions, stresses, anxieties, and compulsive behaviors or perfectionism linked to current and former traumas is a central goal of our program.
Also integral to the treatment curriculum is learning to manage triggers, flashbacks, and dissociations. This is accomplished by improving one’s understanding of one’s own thoughts, actions, emotions, and experiences that present both bodily and psychological aspects, and by learning to regain control in life after trauma.
Brief Psychodynamic Treatment of PTSD, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness, motivational, psychoeducation, Client-Oriented Therapy, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches are included in the treatment of clients in this program depending on the track recommended for treatment.
Before you enter our program, we will provide you with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to determine the appropriate course of treatment for you.