Trauma Informed Therapy Model

The word “trauma” is used widely in today’s language. Wikipedia defines Psychological Trauma as:

“a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience.”

Trauma for one person may be a normal event for another, therefore, trauma must be evaluated on an individual by individual basis.

Millennial children are more sensitive to their environment than Gen X, Y and the ever robust Baby Boomers. Never before has a generation been so socially active and technically savvy than the adolescents of today.

The pressures on millennials from a social, scholastic, technological and environmental standpoint, along with their heightened sensitivities subject today’s adolescent to a higher than expected propensity towards experiencing trauma.

As a therapist, dealing with adolescents who may have been subjected to trauma carries a heavy responsibility. Traumatised people may be on the verge of seriously contemplating the termination of their life, so having a plan to treat a traumatised person is essential. To this end, Thinkshift utilises a Trauma Informed Therapy Model in dealing with traumatised clients. The three phases of the model are:

Phase l – Stabilisation and stability
Phase ll – Desensitization of the traumatic events and triggers
Phase lll – Integration of the stabilisation and desensitized events and triggers