What is a Trauma Informed therapist?

A trauma-informed therapist is a professional who specializes in providing support and guidance to individuals who have experienced trauma. They are trained to understand the impact of trauma on a person's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. They also consider cultural aspects that impact one’s sense of safety in the therapeutic process. It is important for a trauma informed therapist to complete continued education yearly and ensure they are able to meet one’s needs that may need more specific training such as OCD, ADHD, medication coordination and more. 

One approach that trauma-informed therapists often utilize is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This research based technique helps individuals process traumatic memories and experiences in a safe and controlled manner, allowing for healing, learning, and growth.

A crucial aspect of being trauma-informed is recognizing that trauma can affect different parts of a person's self. As Gabor Mate once said “the essence of trauma is the disconnection from self and others, healing means reconnection.” Trauma can impact one's mind body connection including thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships, and even their physical health. A skilled therapist understands these complexities and tailors their approach to address each individual's unique needs.

Trauma-informed therapists provide a safe space for individuals to explore their feelings and experiences without judgment. They offer empathy, validation, and support throughout the healing journey. By working with a trauma-informed therapist, individuals can gain the tools they need to navigate their trauma in a healthy way and move towards personal growth and resilience.