What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma is generally referred to as any event, series of events, or circumstances you experience personally or witness. It can even extend to things that have happened to your loved ones. Traumatic events can be life-threatening, physically harmful, or emotionally damaging, and the long-term effects can hurt your mental health. Thankfully, trauma-informed mental health care can provide therapeutic resolution in a safe, supportive fashion.

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What Role Does Trauma Play in Recovery?

Without trauma-informed care, your traumatic exposure can increase your risk of serious mental health disorders. Studies have found that untreated trauma can make you more vulnerable to PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It’s equally likely that you will turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate to cope with the traumatic memories.


How Can Trauma Impact Wellness?

Trauma has a significant impact on your overall wellness. Without trauma-informed mental health care, you can experience the following:

  • Problems trusting people, which can impede your ability to form connections, become friends, or develop healthy intimate relationships;
  • Difficulty holding down a job, especially if there are people in your workplace, settings, or circumstances that trigger you;
  • Issues enjoying social activities or hobbies, especially those that were enjoyable prior to the trauma;
  • Social isolation, especially when your trauma has resulted in PTSD;
  • Mental health-related issues like panic attacks, sleep problems, personality disorders, or an inability to control your emotions or reactions in public. 

Trauma-informed care can help you reduce any negative impact that trauma has had on your wellness and improve your ability to lead a healthy, happy life.


What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care is therapy led by professionals who are experts in trauma and the mental health impacts it can have. These experts create treatment programs that shift the focus away from the traditional “why are you like this” and toward “what happened and how can we help.”


Trauma-informed mental health care avoids re-traumatization. Re-traumatization is any environment, treatment, or mental health program that inadvertently reminds you of your traumatic experiences and causes increased distress. It is important that you feel safe during your mental health treatment, trust the people with whom you work, and know you are not at risk of being triggered.

Trauma-informed professionals

The right trauma-informed care will be led by staff members who have been screened for their non-judgment and empathy, who have been trained with trauma-informed organizational practices, and who are well suited to the position.

Trauma-informed practices

Trauma-informed practices are designed to provide a specific level of mental health care necessary when treating trauma.

  • These practices can empower you and help you build upon your strength throughout the course of your treatment.
  • Trauma-informed practices can give you choices over the type of treatment you prefer and the professionals who lead that treatment.
  • Trauma-informed mental health care provides you with ongoing activities that ensure your physical and emotional safety.
  • Trauma-informed care collaborates with you so that you are actively involved in the mental health treatment program you choose, and you know exactly what services will be provided, what your schedule will look like, who you will be working with, and what other people might participate in group therapy sessions.


Water Gap Wellness Center Offers Trauma-Informed Care For Mental Health Disorders

People struggling with a traumatic past can benefit from mental health care from Water Gap Wellness Center. Our mental health treatment facility offers partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and traditional outpatient levels of care, targeting mental health. When you come to our facility, we will utilize individual and group therapy sessions led by seasoned mental health professionals. 

If you prefer the type of therapist or the setting where you are most comfortable in your recovery, talk to our admissions team, and we can help you design a program that gives you the biggest benefits without causing any re-traumatization.

Our facility works hard to create sound expectations so that you understand how your mental health treatment is designed to improve your choice, your control, and your emotional safety. We work hard so that you aren’t surprised by an unexpected trigger in your environment and won’t risk secondary trauma because of your recovery.


Let Water Gap Wellness Center help you find the most appropriate treatment today.

About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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