Trauma therapy is not one-size-fits-all. It must be adapted to address different symptoms and types of traumatic experiences. Mental health professionals who are specially trained in treating trauma can assess the survivor’s unique needs and plan treatment specifically for them.

River Rock Treatment has a strong focus on Trauma-Based addiction recovery in Burlington, Vermont. Our professional, licensed therapists who specialize in post-traumatic growth conduct Trauma-Based Therapy using workbooks, exercises, and compassionate group dialogue along with the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness exercises. Trauma-Based Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a person’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. This type of therapy is rooted in understanding the connection between the trauma experience and the person’s emotional and behavioral responses. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist people in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences. The end goal is to enable our participants to create a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in their life to be a Thrivor instead of a Survivor.

At River Rock Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps participants become more aware of their thoughts and beliefs about their trauma and gives them skills to help them react to emotional triggers in a healthier way. It is critical to address the stories tied to the events in order to shift the perspective from

Our DBT groups are supportive of trauma-based therapy because they further incorporate skills to manage the painful emotions that may be associated with trauma. In DBT, clients gain a better understanding of their emotions and learn to tolerate the unwanted feelings in a more effective way.

Lastly, Mindfulness is a critical piece of navigating trauma because it also enhances present-moment awareness, increases self-compassion, and strengthens a person’s ability to self-regulate—all-important skills that support trauma recovery. We have mindfulness incorporated into most groups, as well as a group, focused on Mindfulness-based relapse prevention.

It is possible to heal from emotional and psychological trauma. We know that the brain changes in response to a traumatic experience, however, by working with a mental health professional who specializes in trauma, you can effectively navigate trauma and learn to feel safe again.

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