Traditional counseling starts with a problem a client is dealing with, such as feelings of hopelessness crippling anxiety or substance abuse issues. The more we learn about a person’s mental, emotional and physical health, the more we come to realize someone’s life experiences and they way they respond or behave they way they do.
At My Covenant House, we use Trauma Informed Counseling. The Trauma Informed Counseling (TIC) approach can best be described as beginning with, “Let’s talk about what happened to you” instead of “Let’s talk about what’s wrong with you”.
Trauma can show up in someone’s life in two ways. One may have a traumatic experience, such as a physical injury or witnessing a violent attack. Another way is chronic trauma, like ongoing abuse or a childhood lived in poverty. Both can stay with us and lead to the same results. Hyper-vigilance, drug abuse, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships and many other behaviors can mostly be traced back to some trauma in a person’s life. TIC is not just talking about what happened to you, but how you were supported (or not) during or after the trauma. The response from those in your life to your trauma has a deep impact on how you “bounced back”, or wasn’t able to.
Trauma Informed Counseling at My Covenant House will provide you the tools you need to rewire those triggers that your trauma created in you. Take a look at our video highlighting some of our many other services as well. Please contact us and let us partner with you on your road to overcoming your trauma, and finding your resiliency in recovery. At My Covenant House, we know you are more than the worst moments that have happened to you.