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Mental Health and Wellness
Trauma Disorders Overview
The term “trauma disorders” refers broadly to mental health disorders caused by a traumatic event or situation. There are many kinds of trauma disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a variety of dissociative disorders. Though each disorder has its own specific symptoms, all are alike in the psychological wounds they leave on individuals, even years after the event is over and the threat has long since passed.
Trauma disorders can be caused by any number of violent, threatening, or otherwise damaging situations, including emotional or physical abuse, sexual violence, natural disasters, or life-threatening situations. Just as the cause of a trauma disorder varies, so do its symptoms: flashbacks, social withdrawal, inability to focus, wandering thoughts, inability to maintain healthy relationships, skewed perceptions of the world, and feelings of dread or anxiety are all common symptoms of a trauma disorder. These symptoms can cause individuals to feel emotionally distant, disconnected, and unsettled, hindering their ability to maintain healthy relationships and fully function in everyday life. The result can be a life full of feelings of dread, shame, and loneliness.
Trauma Treatment at Solara Health
At Solara, we understand the unique struggles and fears that trauma survivors face each day. As such, we offer our clients expert, specialized treatment that aims to help them face their individual symptoms and circumstances. Our calming, comfortable facilities allow clients to find refuge from the stresses of everyday life, providing a space where they can find faster healing from pain. The onsite nature of our program also allows for deep, concentrated treatment, giving clients the opportunity to progress quickly and leave our program ready to live full, fear-free lives.
At Solara, we know that individual psychotherapy is the basis for lasting trauma treatment. We also know that, for individual psychotherapy to be successful, it is important for clients to fully trust their clinicians. As such, Solara’s clinicians are both caring and experienced, ready and able to help clients work through their trauma in a manner that is supportive and safe.
During individual psychotherapy, our clinicians utilize a combination of both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic practices. This combination allows clients to address their trauma, fully process it, and learn techniques to relax and form healthy coping mechanisms. In some cases, clinicians will also teach clients desensitization techniques, which can help clients feel less impacted by the trauma and respond to traumatic memories or stressors in measured, healthy ways. All of these methods used in individual psychotherapy help clients learn how to break negative thought patterns, fully understand their experience, and process their memories, thoughts, and emotions in a healthy, healing manner. The result is a sense of healing and freedom from the pain of trauma and its symptoms, and a new ability to have trusting relationships and lead a full life.
Specialized Trauma Treatments
Solara also offers treatments that are specific to trauma disorders. One such treatment is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a practice which directs eye movements in a way that allows clients to reprocess their traumatic experiences, thus alleviating the pain they cause. Another treatment offered at Solara is somatic experiencing therapy. This therapy operates on the assumption that trauma symptoms come from the dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system; the idea is that if the nervous system is reset, the traumatic energy will be released, ending feelings of hypervigilance or anxiety. Both of these therapies are vital for trauma treatment, and many clients find great relief from using them.
Trauma disorders sometimes come with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, or depression. For clients dealing with these symptoms, medication is sometimes needed. In these cases, our clinicians will work with clients to help them find the best medication for them and their treatment progression.
At Solara, we understand that, because of the usually physical nature of trauma, trauma survivors often have difficult, confusing, or complex feelings about their bodies or physical abilities. As such, we offer physical therapies that can help clients become confident in their bodies and have positive relationships with them once again. Through yoga classes and physical fitness exercises, clients can release stress, direct their energy to useful activities, release endorphins, and gain a new sense of mastery and awareness of their own bodies, furthering the healing process.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, trauma disorders are often long-term conditions. Understanding this through years of experience, Solara Health provides the entire spectrum of care from in-residence to outpatient to transitional living to continuing, customized case management of long-term aftercare planning to ensure maximum, long-term success. Solara Health is committed and dedicated to freeing our clients from the clutches of trauma disorders, and each of our programs is created to ensure this.
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What Our Clients Are Saying
Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.
Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.
The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.
We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.
The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.
I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.
I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.
The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.