It is possible for childhood trauma to have adverse effects both immediately and in the future. Treatment can help you identify triggers, develop coping strategies, and decrease symptoms, all in a safe and supportive environment.
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
A subtype of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or usually referred to as “talk therapy”, is the most common method to treat trauma. In adults with long-term effects of childhood trauma, CPT is often the first choice for treating PTSD.
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
In this evidence-based approach, trauma-sensitive interventions are combined with cognitive behavioral techniques, humanistic principles, and family support based on the participation of trusted parents and caregivers.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality that strives to help people who have gone through trauma to heal from those experiences, and thus better manage any resulting mental health disorders.
Narrative exposure therapy (NET)
Narrative exposure therapy (NET) consists of making each patient understand and develop a life narrative that adds context and information to our traumatic experiences. Sometimes it’s hard to understand all the moving parts around our trauma, the added context includes information that we might’ve overlooked.
Prolonged exposure therapy (PE)
Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) prioritizes teaching each patient that trauma-related memories are no longer harmful or dangerous and that the event is in the past and can no longer hurt them. It is usually used for treating PTSD, utilizing imaginal exposure while working with the provider and in vivo exposure in-between sessions.
Art therapy has been proven as an effective treatment for most people of all ages. It consists of a creative approach towards healing and self-expression when words fail. The patient would add color, shapes, and texture to experiences to better understand trauma. With a qualified clinician, the patient does not need to be an artist to experience great results from this method.