What Trauma Is
Trauma is a harmful event or circumstances that have lasting adverse effects on a person’s social, emotional, physical, or spiritual well-being. What is traumatic for one person may not necessarily be traumatic for another. However, once people experience something that is traumatic for them, they require trauma treatment to recover fully.
What We Treat
In our trauma treatment at Magnolia Creek, we address issues of trauma and abuse (sexual, emotional, verbal, and physical), as well as neglect. We also treat post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and adjustment disorder.
Our Treatment Philosophy
At Magnolia Creek, we strive to offer strengths-based, comprehensive trauma treatment. Ourphilosophy incorporates elements of spirituality, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and also psychotherapy. We also use pharmacology when appropriate. Clients participate in (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, and weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, family therapist, and clinical director.
Goals for Therapy
The goals for each client in trauma treatment include the following:
- Learn and implement adaptive grounding skills
- Identify patterns of trauma reactions (based on the work of Patrick Carnes)
- Recognize safe and unsafe situations/people
- Set appropriate inter- and intra-personal boundaries
- Reduce trauma-related shame
- Understand common co-occurring diagnoses (or risks/symptoms thereof), such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder
Our staff uses a variety of clinical modalities to treat trauma, such as internal family systems theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
- The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitative Relationships by Patrick Carnes
- Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D.