At Comprehensive Wellness Centers, we recognize that individuals with mental health and substance use disorders often have complex histories that have contributed to their ongoing struggles. For many people, addressing these issues increases their chances of sustained recovery. Our integrated trauma track is available to help our clients safely navigate these troubled waters in a supportive environment.
During the Comprehensive Wellness Center’s thorough evaluation process, clients are screened for appropriateness to participate in our center’s specialty programing. Those that meet the criteria for admission to CWC’s Trauma Track will attend trauma focused specialty groups and individual sessions in addition to our center’s other clinical modalities.
Trauma processing groups provide our clients with the opportunity to begin safely uncovering their trauma history with others who have relatable life experience. With the assistance of our specialized therapists, clients are gently guided through the process of self-discovery at an individually manageable pace. Some of the topics include family of origin issues, seeking safety, trauma bonding relationships and the connection between trauma history, mental health issues and substance use disorders.
CWC’s trauma track provides DBT groups to teach clients coping and distress tolerance skills in order to mitigate emotional dysregulation that is often characteristic of individuals with a history of significant trauma. Our specialized therapists provide clients with instruction and coaching consistent with the DBT protocol. New skills are taught and reviewed in group twice per week. Depending upon need, clients may also be doing additional individual DBT work with their primary therapist.
What is DBT? Please see the link below from the Linehan Certification Board for an explanation from Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is an individual trauma psychotherapy designed to treat clients who present with post-traumatic stress symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance. Clients who participate in CWC’s Trauma track will receive EMDR or another individual trauma psychotherapy treatment from one of our trained specialists. These individual trauma therapies are meant to work synergistically with our other trauma programming to improve the client’s ability to cope with the experience of adverse past events.
What is EMDR? Please see the link below for the official definition provided by the EMDR International Association.
Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) is another available individual trauma psychotherapy that has shown promising results in the treatment of PTSD among members of the veteran community, and other individuals diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clients who participate in CWC’s Trauma track will receive RTM or another individual trauma psychotherapy treatment from one of our trained specialists. These individual trauma therapies are meant to work synergistically with our other trauma programming to improve the client’s ability to cope with the experience of adverse past events.
What is RTM? Please see the link below from the Research and Recognition Project and RTM protocol founder, Frank Bourke, Ph.D.