Ten Questions to Ask When Choosing a Trauma- Informed Therapist

Trauma-informed therapy involves tailoring interventions in the context of an individual’s trauma history. It is a beneficial modality for working with anyone who has experienced trauma throughout their life– whether as a child or an adult. Therapists use this technique as a lens through which to view clients, considering the impact trauma has had on an individual’s behavior and emotions.

Keep in mind: not all therapists are trauma-informed therapists. Seeing the wrong therapist when trying to work through trauma could be harmful to your recovery. When choosing a therapist who uses trauma- informed techniques in their practice, consider these ten questions to help you make an informed decision: 

  • Do you have experience working with survivors of trauma? Asking about a potential therapist’s experience treating trauma can provide you with insight toward their expertise, the types of trauma they have helped clients work through, and how prepared they are to help you with your needs. 
  • How do you incorporate a trauma-informed approach into your practice? This question allows your therapist to demonstrate their understanding of best practices around trauma-informed therapy, revealing their commitment to providing effective trauma-informed care that is safe, supportive, and tailored to meet your needs. 
  • What modalities do you use for trauma-informed care? It is essential to understand a therapist’s preferred approaches so you can determine if their style works for you. The therapist should be open to using different evidence-based approaches, while also being willing to adapt to your needs. 
  • How do you address the mind-body connection in your approach? Trauma impacts both the mind and the body, and it is critical to understand how your therapist addresses the emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of your trauma. 
  • How will you help me develop healthy coping skills? Learning healthy coping strategies is an essential part of healing, and this question will give you insight toward how your therapist will help you develop these abilities.
  • What if I have difficulties opening up or trusting you in our sessions? You may be struggling to share your trauma experience. This question will help reveal the ways in which your therapist will create a safe and supportive environment for you during your therapy sessions. 
  • How do you include family friends, or other close relationships in the therapy process, if at all? While not all trauma-informed therapists include loved ones in the therapy process, knowing whether or not someone does — and their approach if they choose to do so– is essential when choosing a new therapist. 
  • How will you help me handle obstacles during the recovery process? It is common to experience setbacks during your recovery process. Understanding your therapist’s approach to addressing these challenges can give you confidence if you choose to work with them. 
  • Outside of therapy sessions, what resources do you recommend for clients? Support groups, educational resources, and self-help strategies are all useful tools during your healing process. This question will help you explore what tools your therapist may have available to you outside of your sessions together.
  • How will my progress be measured? Measuring progress in therapy should be a collaborative process. Knowing how a therapist evaluates progress can help you choose someone who will ensure therapy remains effective for you throughout your healing journey.

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