How does PCH Treatment Center work with clients with a history of trauma?
PCH Treatment Center specializes in dealing with psychological trauma. The manifestations of childhood or adult trauma and complex trauma include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, personality issues (for example, what is commonly termed “Borderline Personality Disorder” or “Narcissistic Personality Disorder”), depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other more severe manifestations (Dissociative Conditions). Our first goal at PCH is to ascertain a diagnosis and integrate that diagnosis with a client’s history of trauma. Most of our clients have experienced psychological trauma at some point during their childhood or adult lives. At times, it can be difficult to identify the history, which may be repressed or subconscious.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is the foundation of trauma treatment at PCH, as we believe that trauma-related conflict is more toxic and less available for integration when it remains unconscious. Our individual therapists are highly trained, highly experienced clinicians who have worked with clients with trauma throughout their careers. In addition to daily individual therapy, we also utilize evidence-based treatments such as somatic experiencing, sensorimotor therapy, neurofeedback, art expression, trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness based stress reduction and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). We offer group therapies specifically focused on healing trauma, such as trauma timeline group, process groups, anger and shame group, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), emotional regulation group, and women and men specific groups.
If a person has experienced emotional trauma in childhood or as an adult, there is hope for healing and attainment of a healthy psychological outlook. PCH Treatment Center is not a drug and alcohol treatment center. We are a psychological treatment model and we focus on the healing of trauma through multi-modal evidence-based therapies. Our work with clients with psychological trauma starts with the assignment of a program director and individual therapist with specific expertise in trauma, taking in considerations of family dynamics, gender, and co-existing psychological issues. We design a treatment plan centering around trauma-based therapies, combined with our experiential arts program and exercise activities. We also integrate the family into treatment (when appropriate) through our family weekend program and family sessions. Our goal is to move each client through the trauma to healing, which will have a profound beneficial effect on quality of life and well-being.