“Getting back in touch with my body at Bridges made a huge difference. I didn’t realize how much anger and grief I was holding on to.”
Traumatic events can leave psychological scars that extend suffering long after the original threat has passed. Child abuse, natural disasters, sexual violence, and other types of threatening or violent experiences can manifest in an array of disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a range of dissociative disorders. If you have suffered significant trauma, you may experience flashbacks, feelings of dread, social withdrawal, the inability to maintain trusting relationships, or difficulty forming a coherent sense of their thoughts, feelings, memories, and perceptions. Normal emotional regulation can become disrupted, leaving you without the ability to respond in healthy, appropriate ways. The result can be a severely constricted life, shame, isolation, and damaged interpersonal relationships.
Bridges to Recovery offers specialized treatment for trauma disorders that recognizes the unique vulnerabilities and needs trauma survivors often have. Our range of treatment modalities includes the most effective, cutting-edge therapies for people who have experienced trauma. You are provided with a personalized treatment plan built around your individual needs. The intensity of our program means that we are able to offer more treatment in six weeks than would be possible in a year of outpatient treatment, relieving you from suffering faster and helping you move forward with your life. Our beautiful, peaceful licensed residential facilities provide a comforting space to heal from trauma and break free from damaging symptoms.
Psychotherapy is the foundation of trauma treatment and we recognize that a trusting therapeutic relationship is crucial to ensure that you are able to fully engage in the recovery process. Our clinicians are compassionate, experienced professionals who help you heal in a safe, supportive way. Our clinicians use a combination of psychodynamic practices and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address and process the trauma, teach relaxation techniques, and help you form healthy coping skills. Desensitization techniques can be used to teach you how to respond to memories and stressors in more controlled ways and lessen the impact of the trauma. You will learn how to disrupt fearful and damaging thought cycles and gain an accurate understanding of your experience. Psychotherapy can also help you synthesize emotions, memories, thoughts, and perceptions to a cohesive, legible whole, helping you move forward with a restored sense of self and your place in the world. Released from the grips of the trauma and its resultant symptoms, you are able to form more meaningful relationships and a heightened ability to trust.
At Bridges to Recovery we offer both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing therapies to address the effects of trauma in unique ways. EMDR directs eye movements to reprocess distressing experiences and lessen their impact on you. Somatic Experiencing works on the theory that trauma symptoms are the result of autonomic nervous system dysregulation, and that resetting the nervous system will release the traumatic energy, resolving anxiety and hypervigilance. Many clients experience great relief as the result of these therapies and they can be invaluable tools for trauma treatment. You will receive one individual Somatic Experiencing session per week. EMDR is offered as clinically indicated.
Medication may be used to address symptoms of trauma disorders such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Our psychiatrists work with you to find the most suitable medication that provides the relief necessary to fully engage in the therapeutic process.
Trauma survivors often have complicated relationships with their physical selves. Our therapies can provide pathways to reconnect and form positive relationships with your body. Yoga can increase tolerance and acceptance of strong emotions, release tension, and help you experience your body with new awareness and mastery. Physical fitness allows you to engage in healthy activities, direct energy in useful ways, and experience the benefits of endorphin release. Exercise can also improve sleep and help combat the insomnia many trauma survivors struggle with. Our meditative drumming group can help you get centered in mindful practice that combines physical creative expression with introspective experience.
We invite you to contact us if you or a loved one is experiencing a trauma disorder. Our innovative treatment modalities can offer relief from painful symptoms and return clients to healthy, productive lives.
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