PROCESS PAST TRAUMA IN A SAFE WAY
THE GOALS OF TRAUMA WORK
The main goal of trauma work is to help clients safely process past traumas without being retraumatized during the process. In doing so, clients become aware of how past traumas have impacted their choices and behaviors freeing them up to make different choices moving forward.
HOW TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY IS IMPLEMENTED
At The Ohana, we implement trauma-focused therapy by first and foremost, creating a safe space for our clients to open up and dive into past experiences. By recognizing current behavior as a normal response to adversity, we help foster a space of compassion and understanding. Once safety is established, we begin to discuss the event or events that has led them to where they are today.
Depending on the severity of the traumatic event, we may spend multiple sessions working through it so clients are not overwhelmed or re-traumatized. By breaking the event into bite-sized pieces, clients are able to safely revisit that time, experience compassion for themselves in the moment, and create awareness around the trauma’s impact. From here, we collaborate with the client to create coping strategies, increase resilience, and establish feelings of safety if memories of the event arise or if new trauma occurs.
THE GOAL: The client is freed up from past traumas and is equipped to better handle and process any future trauma if it is to occur.