Trauma-Informed Counseling

Trauma-informed therapy/counseling is an emerging practice that takes into account the impact traumatic experiences can have on mental and emotional well-being. The core principles of a trauma-informed approach shape therapeutic interactions to facilitate healing. Research shows that trauma-informed care can lead to better outcomes for those affected by trauma.

What is Trauma-Informed Counseling?

Trauma-informed therapy aims to provide an environment where trauma survivors feel respected, informed, connected, and hopeful. It is based on understanding the effects of trauma on one's development and creating opportunities to rebuild a sense of safety and trust. Some fundamental principles include:

  • Recognizing the impacts of trauma
  • Emphasizing physical, psychological, and emotional safety
  • Supporting consumer control, choice, and autonomy
  • Sharing power and governance with consumers
  • Integrating care across systems
  • Healing happens in relationships, and recovery is possible

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Counseling

 Some benefits that studies have found from trauma-informed therapeutic approaches include:

  • Reduced symptoms of trauma and mental illness
  • Lower rates of burnout for clients and clinicians
  • Decreased use of seclusion and restraint practices
  • Reduced risk for re-traumatization
  • Improved patient satisfaction and program completion rates
  • Better coping skills and therapeutic alliances
  • Higher quality of life for survivors

Trauma-informed care is a patient-centered approach that leads to better recovery outcomes. We advocate for facilities and policymakers should strongly consider adopting trauma-informed principles.

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