Trauma Informed Therapy for Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Psychological Trauma is an emotional reaction to a frightening or distressing event. Several authors have commented on how trauma is a normal response to an abnormal event. Living in the aftermath of trauma often feels like being held hostage to the past. Like nothing will ever be the same. Like no one else understands. Perhaps you feel this way. If you've experienced or witnessed something disturbing or scary, you probably want to forget what happened. Yet, no matter how hard you try to leave it in the past, memories keep popping up when around certain people, places, or situations. It can feel hopeless at times. Yet, there is reason for hope.
The Truth: Many individuals experience some type of trauma and struggle to find their footing in the aftermath. The good news is that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma disorders are very treatable. The sooner you receive treatment following a traumatic event, the better. Yet, I've shared in the successes of many individuals who had been unable to work on healing for over 50 years after the traumatic event. Through the use of research supported treatments, most people who seek help will see a significant improvement, with some experiencing complete elimination of symptoms, accompanied by a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life, health, and contentment.
Dr. Conway treats various forms of trauma:
Childhood verbal, sexual, and physical abuse
Military Sexual Trauma
Accidents and catastrophic events/natural disasters
Medical procedure trauma
Typical Stages of Treatment
Before any type of trauma processing is conducted, we spend time building healthy coping skills so you are prepared to work through difficult things.
Trauma Processing & Cognitive Restructuring
Reprocessing the event(s), and identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts associated with the trauma(s)
Apply balanced ways of thinking to new situations that arise and overcome tendencies to avoid situations that remind you of the trauma.
Specific Treatment Protocols
Dr. Conway has specialized training in providing treatment from the following approaches:
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral (T-F CBT) Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Seeking Safety (SS)
Stress Inoculation Training (SIT)
Nightmare Resolution Therapy (NRT)