Understanding Traumatic Stress Therapy

Our skilled trauma therapy team collaborates closely to provide the best combinations of treatment for each client. At Innova, we believe in evidenced-based treatment, supplemented with innovative therapies that help you navigate the daily struggles of life. Understanding therapy for trauma can be difficult. To help clarify, we present the following information about some of the highly regarded approaches that we use at Innova:

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy focuses on how the traumatic event is interpreted and coped with by a person who is trying to regain a sense of mastery and control in his or her life. Therapists help the individual identify stuck points that have become faulty beliefs as a result of the trauma. Examples of stuck points could be “if I had only done X, then Y would not have happened,” “I always knew people in authority shouldn’t be trusted” or as a result of the traumatic event “I can’t trust anyone.” Clients also identify stuck points in larger trauma themes such as beliefs around safety, trust, power and control, self-esteem, and intimacy. As these beliefs begin to change, the patient really takes over the reins in session and becomes his/her own therapist with the therapist acts in more of a consultant role.

Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive type of cognitive therapy designed to treat a variety of long-standing emotional conditions. This treatment focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies within a framework of dialectical methods. The term dialectical refers to the processes that synthesize opposite concepts such as change and acceptance. Because it is a skills-based therapy, clients can begin implanting those skills and finding benefit from the very first session.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Clients who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic incidents can often gain relief from a revolutionary therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). Research shows that EMDR is safe and effective for trauma resolution. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis. It is a simple, non-invasive patient-therapist collaboration that can be highly effective for a wide range of disorders, including chronic pain, depression, panic attacks, and other issues. To see a sample EMDR session, click here

Prolonged Exposure (PE)

Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a form of therapy that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy.  It involves engaging with the traumatic event, rather than avoiding it. Click here for a more detailed explanation

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