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How to Choose a Trauma Therapist

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 1:45 PM



How to Choose a Trauma Therapist:


The article posted below, from Sidran Institute, provides a detailed description of how to look for a therapist for trauma-related concerns (PTSD, dissociation, anxiety, etc). It is a very thorough and accurate description. Give it a read by clicking on the link:


Some excerpts from the article:


“The dual formulation of validation and empowerment seems to be fundamental to post-traumatic therapy.”

—Excerpt from Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy, by Rebecca Coffey (Sidran Institute Press, 1998), pp. 85-86.


“If validation is one important selection criterion, Dr. Judith Herman, Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, makes clear a second criterion and one that seems of equal importance: An effective trauma therapist empowers the survivor rather than imposes a cure.”


“Effective psychotherapy for trauma survivors usually involves helping the survivor maintain safety, manage symptoms, and work through the traumatic experience(s). While the techniques employed vary, the primary goals of psychotherapy for trauma survivors are:

to examine the role of the traumatic experience in the context of the person’s life, currently and historically

to make meaning of the experience

to learn skills to manage symptoms and to develop alternative ways of coping

to build or rebuild the ability to trust within a relationship in order to view the world as an increasingly tolerable place to function”

“Throughout the course of therapy, you will need to be mindful that your work is productive and continues to be helpful. In helpful therapy relationships, the client feels understood and supported, and while therapy is not always a comfortable experience, there should be a sense of trust and warmth.”

“If you are working with a helpful therapist, you will begin to be able to better recognize and understand your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. You will also begin to develop new, more effective coping strategies, and you should have a sense of change and increased satisfaction in your life. Over time, you should begin to feel more and more independent and able to use the skill and insights you are learning in therapy to solve your own problems.”

(All excerpts taken from: How to Choose a Therapist for Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Conditions, Sidran Institute webpage,


Know the 5 Signs

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 12:15 AM

The Campaign to Change Direction ( has a new plan to draw awareness to mental health issues and reduce the stigma.  Do you know the 5 signs that someone may be suffering emotionally?  Check out the link below if you don't:

"Now what?", you say?  Check out the next link for 24-hour support and resources to help those who may be struggling:

The more we talk about mental health, the less stigmatized it becomes, and the more people will seek help. Spread the word.