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Trauma-informed therapy is an approach to mental health care that recognizes and addresses the widespread impact of trauma on individuals. This framework emphasizes creating a safe and supportive environment for clients who have experienced trauma.

Here are some key components of trauma-informed therapy:

Safety: Prioritizing the physical and emotional safety of the individual is fundamental. Therapists work to establish a secure and predictable environment, ensuring that clients feel safe to explore and discuss their experiences.

Trustworthiness and Transparency: Building trust is crucial in trauma-informed therapy. Therapists aim to be transparent, providing clear information about the therapeutic process and respecting the client’s autonomy in decision-making.

Peer Support and Collaboration: Recognizing the importance of social connections, trauma-informed therapy often incorporates the idea of collaboration and peer support. It acknowledges the healing potential of supportive relationships and may involve connecting clients with community resources.

Empowerment and Choice: Trauma-informed therapists focus on empowering clients by acknowledging their strengths and abilities. They encourage individuals to make choices and decisions regarding their treatment, fostering a sense of control and autonomy.

Cultural Sensitivity: A trauma-informed approach takes into account cultural, historical, and societal factors that may influence an individual’s experience of trauma. Therapists strive to be culturally competent and sensitive to diverse backgrounds.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma: Therapists are trained to understand the pervasive effects of trauma on various aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional, physical, and relational well-being. This understanding guides the therapeutic interventions.

Flexibility and Individualization: Trauma-informed therapy recognizes that each person’s experience of trauma is unique. Therapists tailor their approach to meet the specific needs and preferences of the individual, avoiding a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Mindfulness and Self-Care: Incorporating mindfulness techniques and promoting self-care strategies is common in trauma-informed therapy. These practices can help individuals regulate their emotions and build resilience.

Trauma Education: Providing psychoeducation about the effects of trauma and the body’s stress response is an integral part of trauma-informed therapy. This education helps clients understand their experiences and promotes a sense of normalization.

Continuous Professional Development: Trauma-informed therapists engage in ongoing education and training to stay updated on the latest research and best practices in trauma care. This commitment to professional development ensures the delivery of effective and up-to-date interventions.


Trauma-Informed therapists acknowledge that most people have some history of trauma, whether or not they have shared that with us yet.


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) helps people who struggle with shame and are highly critical of themselves to develop compassion for self and others.


Strengths Based Therapy focuses and builds on the client’s strengths, resources, and resiliency rather than weaknesses or shortcomings.


In a Client-centered (also called Person-centered) approach to therapy, the client and therapist are seen as equal partners in the therapeutic process.

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