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Treating Trauma

Trauma Treatment For Teens

At Solstice East, the term “trauma” is frequently used to describe a broad spectrum of personal challenges. As one of the top trauma treatment centers, cutting-edge neurological research has helped us to better understand the impact of trauma on a developing brain and has driven a greater understanding of the most effective methods that can be implemented in its treatment.

We believe that a holistic approach is an effective way to help young adults truly heal from trauma.  Instead of focusing on one specific “problem” area or issue, we treat the entire person (mind, body and spirit). It is our belief that cutting-edge and evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as EMDR, neurofeedback, somatic experiencing, Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and addictions treatment are essential to your teen’s healing process.

“Big-T” and “Little-T” Traumas

Historically, the word trauma was used only to describe catastrophic events such as natural disaster, an automobile accident that caused significant bodily harm, or severe forms of physical or sexual abuse. Today, we refer to those as “Big-T Traumas.”

In recent years, we have come to understand that trauma creates a significant neurobiological impact on the brain—regardless of the “intensity” of the trauma experienced. In other words, smaller traumas—those we would refer to as “little-t traumas”—create the same neurological changes in the brain as do Big-T Traumas. Our deeper experience with trauma allows us to be one of the leading trauma treatment centers for struggling teens.

A few examples of little-t traumas are: being bullied, divorce of parents, death of a loved one, adoption, or even feeling socially unaccepted or judged due to growing up with a learning disability. These traumas can impact an individual’s social, emotional and spiritual development every bit as much as the larger, more catastrophic events. Usually trauma treatment centers don’t organize their program to cater to both Big-T and little-t traumas, this is aspect that tends to make us more effective than other programs.

While some of our students at Solstice East have experienced horrifically painful events in their life, as many—or more—are teens who are simply hard-wired to experience greater sensitivity to the world around them. This sensitivity resulted in more significant blows to their development and self-esteem when they were bullied by peers or misunderstood by their teachers due to an undiagnosed learning disorder.

These types of situations cause them to experience a heightened level of emotional dysregulation at a higher frequency than their same-aged peers. This often leads to seeking any number of unhealthy coping mechanisms in an attempt to gain relief from their dysregulated state. We have engineered our program to help specifically with teens struggling with trauma, which is what sets us apart from other trauma treatment centers.

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Relationship-Based Approach

As one of the leading trauma treatment programs for adolescents, programming is designed around a relationship-based approach to healing from trauma. While your child is attending Solstice East they will build relationships with peers and staff members. We have found that these relationships are essential to helping your child heal from their trauma and build a strong and empowered identity.

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