As a place that specializes in addressing the impact of mental abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence, everyone at The Women’s Center understands the immense, life-long impact that traumatic experiences or a history of trauma can have on emotional and mental well-being. To ensure we can support the community members who face hardships and distress and come to us for help, our therapists are trained in trauma-informed care.
What is trauma-informed care?
Simply put, it refers to applying interventions and approaches informed by the knowledge that a person has endured a traumatic experience and is currently experiencing natural responses that may inhibit their present functioning. When we say ‘natural responses’ it could include mood disturbance, somatic responses, behaviors, or thought patterns that are a result of a person trying to survive a traumatic experience.
When a person comes to us for counseling, our therapists view their natural responses to trauma as a way to destigmatize the experience of seeking counseling. The knowledge of natural responses also paves a path to empower the client to have a more normal perception of themselves and their current needs, instead of thinking that there’s something wrong with them.