Trauma is a widespread global issue that transcends age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. An estimated 70 percent of people in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, and 20 percent of these people go on to develop full-blown Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Trauma is also common in the lives of people with mental health disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse.
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Health offers support and assistance to help people heal from trauma and bounce back with great resiliency. Our trauma treatment program in Westport will be customized for you specific needs and situation, variety of psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), as well as hypnotherapy and exposure therapy.
Group therapy and medications may also be incorporated to the treatment plan to help the patient manage more challenging symptoms of PTSD.
How Trauma Therapy Works
Many people who have experienced a life-threatening event experience lasting distress related to “traumatic invalidation” by peers, family members, or others in the school or work environments. Symptoms of trauma that have not been processed include re-experiencing of distressing events, avoiding reminders of traumatic memories, and negative self-talk related to the experiences.
For those with PTSD and with sub-clinical trauma responses to traumatic invalidation, the Prolonged Exposure (PE) protocol has been shown to effectively help people challenge long-held patterns of avoidance and negative cognition, and to re-engage with their lives in a meaningful way. For those who also engage in high-risk behaviors, the DBT-Informed Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT-PE) is the first evidence-based treatment that is both safe and effective.
Traumatic events can result in lasting negative effects to individuals, families, and communities. Our multidisciplinary team at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Health will help you develop healthy coping skills and receive the social and emotional support you need toward post-traumatic growth and resilience.
Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation for our trauma therapy in Westport.