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Most people have experienced some sort of trauma in their life. Some people experienced childhood trauma, while others may have had their first traumatic experience as adults. It has been found that six out of ten men, and five out of ten women have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. Many people are able to recover from these events and live normal lives, but others suffer long term effects that impact their daily functioning. At The Ohana, we utilize trauma informed care to help you go from surviving, to thriving.

What is trauma?

Trauma is a response to a disturbing event, or series of events that an individual experiences or witnesses. People who have experienced traumatic events may develop a mental disorder (or a combination of mental disorders) that impede on their ability to live a normal life. Traumatic events include:
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Severe injury/illness
  • Death of a loved one
  • Witnessing acts of violence
  • Combat
  • An accident
Trauma itself is not a disorder. Instead, it is an indicator of why a person may be suffering from mental disorder. Mental disorders that may arise as a result of trauma include:
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Acute stress disorder (ASD)
  • Adjustment disorder (AD)
  • Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)
  • And more

Symptoms of trauma disorders

Symptoms of trauma disorders depend on a variety of factors include the age the trauma was experienced, whether it was ongoing or a one time event, what resources were available to process the trauma, and more. Below are a few symptoms people may experience in their attempt to cope and live with past trauma.
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Avoidant behavior
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dissociation
  • Difficulty forming relationships

Treatment for trauma

Identifying the traumatic event, or events that led to the development of a mental disorder may be helpful in guiding an individual's healing. Once the trauma (s) has been identified, the individual and their mental health practitioner may tap into various therapies and coping strategies that make living life easier. Trauma can impact a person physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so having a variety of treatment options is key for an individual's healing. At The Ohana we offer a number of evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to help people deal with the emotional and cognitive impacts of trauma. We also offer holistic therapies that help people connect mind-body-spirit to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. At The Ohana, we make sure to practice trauma informed care with all modalities that we use, whether evidence-based, holistic, or adventure focused. We assume that all individuals that we work with have experienced some sort of trauma in their past so we look out for any signs that a person is experiencing re-traumatization, and implement various strategies to bring people back to the present moment.

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