Trauma-Focused Therapy

Trigger Warning: This blog will talk about trauma and its causes.

Have you been searching for therapy services meant for people who have experienced trauma? If so, Kentucky Services is the perfect place for you. We offer trauma-focused therapy meant to help you with the experiences you’ve had throughout your life. In this post, we’ll go through what trauma-focused therapy is, why it’s essential to help you heal, and what type you can get at Kentucky Services.

What is trauma-focused therapy?

Trauma-focused therapy (TFT) is for individuals who have experienced some type of trauma in their life, regardless of what that might be. Initially designed for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, TFT can be used with anyone with a trauma history. There are also two types of therapy under the TFT umbrella, TFcognitive behavioral therapy, and eye movement desensitization reprogramming. These also have different therapeutic interventions that can be used in conjunction with or are based on them.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines TFT as “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:trauma-informed widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; (2) recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; (3) responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and (4) seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”

What are the trauma symptoms, and how can getting therapy help?

The first disorder that people associate with trauma is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, there are many more forms of trauma. Reactions to trauma vary; in fact, trauma can differ for each person who experiences it.

Some symptoms that people with trauma can experience are:

  • Intrusive memories, thoughts, or behaviors
  • Avoidance of places that remind them of their traumatic experience
  • Adverse changes in thinking and mood
  • Significant changes in physical and emotional reactions.

Therefore, while people may experience these symptoms, they may not necessarily have PTSD. Complex trauma stress, acute stress, and other unspecified trauma are different types of trauma disorders that someone could be diagnosed with. Despite a diagnosis being an essential factor in mental health treatment, it should also be noted that trauma symptoms can be looked at individually and similar to symptoms of other mental illnesses.

Therapy can be life-changing for people with a trauma history. For many trauma survivors, dealing with the aftereffects of the abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences can be detrimental to their mental and physical health. So, while there are many benefits to going to therapy in general, TFT can provide those with deep wounds the chance to heal. TFT helps you identify the emotions and behaviors triggered and caused by your trauma, mitigating them to help you live a healthy and flourishing life.

What type of TFT can I get at Kentucky Services?

At Kentucky Services, we offer Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which focuses on resolving trauma in a fast-paced approach. Created using principles of EMDR, ART focuses on providing relief and resolution from trauma in only a few sessions. While other methods of TFT focus on more prolonged therapeutic solutions, ART emphasizes brevity by involving little conversation, not utilizing homework, and encouraging short synopsis-based reviews of traumatic experiences. The individual with trauma guides the therapeutic process, choosing to control what they have experienced and remedy it.

With the evidence to back it up, ART is a handy tool for those interested in exploring non-mainstream options for trauma-focused therapy.

How can you find out more about our services? Contact us for more information on scheduling an appointment with a trauma-focused therapist.