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How to find an effective trauma therapist.

Finding a qualified trauma therapist who has had the necessary training and experience working with trauma survivors can sometimes be tricky. In an ideal world we could ask our friends and family for a referral, but most people don’t want to talk about their therapy with others and a simple google search can feel like a crap shoot. Then there is the issue of whether or not a therapist is in network for your particular insurance.

I suggest beginning with a basic search on Psychology Today with the search criteria of “trauma therapy.” I started by scanning for therapists who indicated they had training in things like EMDR, Somatic Experiencing or other trauma treatment modalities. Then I suggest calling a few and setting up either a phone session or an in person session to see how comfortable you feel with the person. It’s a lot like dating, you may not click with the first clinician you see, but when you find the right one, you’ll know it. And don’t be afraid to ask questions about their experience treating those with PTSD and C-PTSD. Their answers should be clear and thorough.

What other suggestions do you have for finding a good trauma therapist? Share your thoughts below.

#Therapy #Trauma #CPTSD #PTSD #traumainformed

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What is "trauma informed" therapy?

The term “trauma informed” is defined by as “practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing” for survivors of trauma within the context of any medical facility. As it pertains to mental health professionals, the term has become a kind of catchphrase clinicians put on their Psychology Today or social media profiles to suggest they are adept at treating those who have experienced trauma. But this isn’t always the case.

Many haven’t gotten the appropriate training needed to actually handle trauma effectively or safely.

My first therapist claimed to be “trauma informed” but was extremely wishy washy with her boundaries and tended to leverage her power dynamic over me, something that can be a huge trigger for trauma survivors. It’s important that when selecting a therapist they not just be trauma informed, but trained in modalities that actually help to address trauma and to work with an already vulnerable population.

What has your experience been with “trauma informed” professionals?

#Trauma #PTSD #CPTSD #traumainformed #Therapy


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Book: 'Getting Past Your Past' Francine Shapiro (Negative cognition > Positive cognition)

👤Self reflection:
Where to turn to when I'm feeling low about myself.
I will try my best to turn around my negative self-talk
Negative cognition > Positive cognition

Let me know if this was helpful. Just wanting to share for those interested in reading...

#distractmewithbooks #selfhelp #mindset #Anxiety #Depression #traumainformed

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Book: 'Getting Past Your Past...'

Hi Mighties,

Just came across
this which I thought would be useful
for my Mental Health studies for the unit
'Trauma-informed care'

So far I have found some useful strategies to change negative self-talk.

I will share two pages on a separate post

#distractmewithbooks #traumainformed #Selfcare #mindset

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#innerchild #Healing #Awareness

Sometimes the grief I feel over everything I didn’t have as a child becomes visceral and it makes it hard to breathe.

My inner child is screaming for love, for comfort, for validation.

I will do everything in my power to make sure my children will never question their worth. 🌻

#innerchild #innerchildhealing #PTSDawareness #PTSDAwarenessMonth #Trauma #traumainformed #childhoodtrama #childhoodsexualabusesurvivor #Survivingchildhoodtrauma #Ptsdrecovery #TraumaRecovery

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You are worthy #Depression #Suicide #BPD #traumainformed

Please try to remember that your illness lies to you. You are not your illness. You are smart, brave, beautiful and capable, simply because you exist.

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#Trauma #Children #Adoption #FosterCare

Trauma in children can look a variety of ways; it isn’t all caused by assault or neglect, and some of the invisible traumas can be difficult to identify. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a good, comprehensive starter list of the different ways trauma can manifest in kids (hint: some of it is actually a healthy response to an unhealthy environment that must be then unlearned.)



Is it mental illness or mental injury?

This has been my experience: when I threw off the stigma of something being inherently wrong with me and treated my mental health state as an injury that occurred to me, my perspective changed. I responded to my symptoms as natural responses to things that were actually threatening... because they were. As if I was allergic to lies, sexual objectification, and others taking away my authority over myself because I looked "crazy", I protected myself, listened to myself and didn't share with those who couldn't understand, but did with those I intuitively knew would. Like a pregnant mamma getting an increased sense of smell, I knew who was safe and who wasn't, what I needed and what I needed to avoid. When I trusted myself I got better. When I found the people who would hear me, my heart and mind started to heal.

#traumainformed , #CPTSD , #traumabonds


Wired up

Hi friends,

I am working on a research team developing a tool to help hospitals provide #traumainformed care. Writing research is emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting. When doing you’re #lovingkindness #DBT activities and wishing well being into people in general, there are people like me who need it. I believe TIC could make the would a better place. So far, staff have reported TIC is “eye-opening.” Have you heard of #tic before? How have your hospital experiences been? Feel supported? I hope so and hope to help improve systems too. 💗💗