The goal of trauma therapy at Turning Point of Tampa is to decrease the intensity of the feelings around the trauma so that these feelings are less likely to contribute to patterns of relapse.

How does Trauma Therapy work?

Trauma therapy works by directly addressing the feelings around events or memories related to trauma and fully processing these emotions in order to lessen their pain and intensity. Different treatment approaches may be used to directly address these feelings, including written assignments, group sessions, or individual therapy work utilizing accelerated resolution therapy. It is important to remember that trauma does not cause addiction or an eating disorder, although it can contribute to patterns of chronic relapse.

How do I know I'm ready to do this work?

A healthy foundation of recovery support and basic knowledge of coping skills helps individuals with trauma have the readiness to do the work. Turning Point of Tampa helps ensure a necessary foundation of coping and support is in place before trauma work begins. Trauma work is recommended by the clinical treatment team and is based upon professional perceptions of readiness and preparedness. The form and capacity in which this work takes place, including whether in a group, individual session, or a combination of both, is personalized and dependent upon a client’s needs.

What types of issues would I be working on in trauma related therapies?

Trauma and trauma-related issues may include memories that cause emotional distress or past events that someone feels unable to “shake” or unable to move on from in their life. Trauma can take place in the form of grief and loss, experiencing sexual, emotional or physical abuse, viewing combat or violence, or any troubling event or memory that creates emotional disturbances. Trauma can come in many forms and does not necessarily follow any patterns or fits neatly into categories. It is important not to make any assumptions about trauma or the experience of having trauma.

What modalities are used when dealing with someone with trauma issues?

Turning Point of Tampa focuses on emotional support and coping with every modality that is utilized in approaching issues of trauma. Specific modalities that are used include accelerated resolution therapy (ART), narrative therapy, experiential therapy, psychodrama, gestalt techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

"I always felt supported and encouraged, even though the trauma work was challenging. I had a space that was safe in which I could fully share what I was feeling. Like I said, it wasn't easy, but the gift of living a life without fear helped to save my recovery and allowed me to trust people again. I couldn't imagine keeping my recovery if I had never learned how to trust!"

"I was hurting when I entered into the trauma group. I had lost all trust in my higher power and people. I experienced the trauma group to be a safe environment to shed my pain and heal from my traumas. I learned to trust again and renew my relationship with my higher power. I felt resurrected as trauma group came to completion."