Offering a better way…

The Center for Trauma Therapy (CTT) provides safe, efficient, and effective short-term treatment for a combination of anxiety, mood, dissociative, and behavioral disorders. Until relatively recently, individuals who suffered from the complex and debilitating symptoms of these disorders achieved only minimal benefit from medications, “talk therapy,” and experiential methods. They struggled to manage the challenges of everyday life, and often were burdened by daunting diagnoses, such as personality disorders, eating disorders, sexual addiction, depression, and bipolar disorder, which they didn’t feel explained the broad range of their symptoms. 

They experienced “chatter” or internal dialogues, and engaged in self medication and self harm to mitigate traumatic memories, feelings, body sensations, and the noise in their heads. They described being  "hijacked" by their emotions, and compelled to act in ways that were contrary to their values and core personality. They pursued numerous treatments, and when these failed felt an intolerable sense of isolation. Many were in and out of hospitals to address acute or dangerous symptoms, such as suicidal thoughts. In short, their biography became their biology. This robbed them of hope that life could get better, and they found that their lives were no longer their own.

Growing research shows that many symptoms that cannot be resolved with medications and psychotherapy alone stem from overwhelming or traumatic events that are "unfinished" in the brain, and so are replicated in thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and repetitive behavior. Increased knowledge about the biology of fear, confusion, and memory, has given trauma survivors and clinicians renewed hope and optimism. New interventions, based on the biological roots of trauma, and the psychological symptoms that stem from instinctual responses to stressful events, can reduce or eliminate most traumatic stress conditions with brief, out-patient treatment.  The dynamics of trauma are reversed so that the events become historical facts rather than ongoing experiences.

 

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