How PCH Treats Psychological Trauma
Almost every client who enters one of the PCH Treatment Center programs has experienced significant psychological or emotional trauma during their lives. PCH specializes in addressing psychological trauma using trauma-based and trauma-informed treatment modalities. It is often difficult to identify a client’s specific trauma history, which may be repressed or subconscious. However, the manifestations of childhood or adult trauma and complex trauma are often pronounced, presenting as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorders, personality issues (“Borderline Personality Disorder”), Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other more severe manifestations (Dissociative Conditions, Identity Disorders).
Our first goal at PCH is to perform a thorough psychological and psychiatric evaluation. If necessary, psychological testing can supplement our clinician’s evaluations. Our goal is to make a diagnosis and integrate that diagnosis with the client’s history of trauma.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is the foundation of treatment at PCH. 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 moderate to severe trauma for many years. We also offer Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Therapy and Eye Movement Sensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR), which are therapies specifically designated to treat trauma. In addition to daily individual therapy, we also utilize evidence-based treatments and offer group therapies specifically focused on healing psychological trauma, such as trauma timeline group, process groups, anger and shame group, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), emotional regulation group, male and female specific groups, trauma-informed yoga, art therapies and classes.
Treatment Modalities for Trauma
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Trauma Timeline Groups
- Trauma Groups (six different groups)
- Mentalization Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
- Trauma-informed Yoga
- Art Therapies
- Family Therapy
- Trauma, Tension/Stress Release Exercise
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 clinic. We are a psychological treatment model and we focus on healing trauma through multi-modal evidence-based therapies. Our work with clients with psychological trauma starts with the assignment of a treatment team sensitive to issues related to trauma, taking into consideration family dynamics, gender, and co-existing psychological, psychiatric and medical issues. At the time of admission, we design a treatment plan centering around these 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 therapy sessions.
Our goal at PCH is to carefully move each client through their trauma to healing, to improve their sense of well-being and allow them to reach their full potential in life.