What is Trauma Focused Care?
Trauma-focused therapy is a specific approach to helping individuals who have experienced trauma. This type of therapy recognizes and emphasizes how the traumatic experience impacts a person's mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist your child in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences.
Different therapies modalities may be used in trauma-focused therapy. One of those therapies is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This therapy uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or audio stimulation, to help the clients reprocess memories and release emotions and sensations associated with the trauma.
Therapists who provide trauma-focused care will take steps to ensure that clients feel both physically and emotionally safe in their sessions. They aim for collaboration, empower their clients by educating them about the treatment options available, and give an active role within this process through transparency towards their own needs and treatment goals without judgment. To help clients who have experienced trauma, therapists must know the best practices. These should also take into account unique cultural considerations for each client's culture to provide them with the most effective treatment possible!
Find how trauma-focused therapy can be applied to your practice and clients, and what resources you can have available. Feel free to contact Irene M. Rodriguez, LMHC, REAT by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene M. Rodriguez, LMHC, REAT (EMDRIA Approved Consultant and ICM Faculty). Irene M. Rodríguez is the founder and director of Mindful Journey Center. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is an EMDRIA approved consultant and faculty of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She is also a Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Facilitator/Trainer and certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator/Trainer affiliated to The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.