What is Trauma-Informed Therapy?

What Defines Trauma?

Trauma encompasses a myriad of experiences and events, and there is no set way that an individual will respond to a certain type of trauma. Trauma is defined as “…exposure to actual or threatened events involving death, serious injury, or sexual violation in one (or more) of the following ways:

  • Directly experiencing the events.
  • Witnessing the events in person as they occur to others.
  • Learning that the events occurred to a close family member or friend.
  • Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to adverse details of the events.”

What Does Trauma-Informed Therapy Look Like in Practice?

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. They may also consider any  intergenerational trauma experienced by the client. In their practice, trauma-informed therapists may emphasize the following:

  • Physical and emotional safety in sessions with their clients.
  • Honesty and transparency at all times
  • Collaboration with clients by informing them of their options and ensuring they have an active role in their therapy journey
  • Cultural competency and updated knowledge of best-practices in working with clients who have experienced trauma

Many providers take a trauma-informed approach in all sessions, as this technique will not harm those who do not necessarily need it. Trauma- informed therapy can also help address guilt and shame that survivors of trauma often carry. 

What You Can Expect From an Intake Session 

Keep in mind, if you find a trauma-informed therapist you would like to work with, they will have to gather information about your history so they can provide you with the best support possible. You may be asked to share details about your trauma.  If you do not yet feel comfortable doing so, that is entirely OK and your therapist will be able to address your concerns or hesitations and tailor your sessions based on your needs going forward. 

How New Perspective Counseling Can Help

If you feel that trauma-informed therapy can support you and your needs,  New Perspective Counseling has many providers specializing in trauma informed therapy. Learn more about our team and contact us today for your first appointment.