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Trauma-Informed Therapy

Updated: Mar 7

Trauma-informed therapy has emerged as a vital and practical approach to addressing the lasting impact of traumatic experiences on an individual's mental health and well-being. In recent years, mental health professionals have increasingly recognised the importance of addressing individuals' trauma in their treatment strategies. 


Trauma-informed therapy acknowledges the widespread prevalence of trauma and its potential effects on an individual's mental health. It emphasises creating a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel validated and empowered. In trauma-focused therapy, the therapist collaborates with the client to navigate the complex terrain of their traumatic experiences, fostering a sense of safety and trust.


Trauma, in its various forms, has a profound impact on the brain's intricate network. Trauma alters the brain's response to stress and danger, affecting areas such as the amygdala and hippocampus. Understanding these neurological changes is crucial for tailoring effective therapeutic interventions. Trauma-informed therapy addresses these neurological impacts, promoting neural rewiring and facilitating healing.


Research outlines key principles that underpin trauma-informed therapy. One fundamental aspect is recognising the pervasive nature of trauma and its potential to manifest in various ways, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Trauma-informed therapy acknowledges each individual's unique experiences, fostering a personalised and empathetic approach to treatment.


Another essential principle is the focus on safety and stabilisation. Trauma-informed therapy prioritises establishing a secure therapeutic environment where clients can explore their trauma without feeling overwhelmed. Treatment includes

  • helping individuals recognise and create clear boundaries,

  • utilising grounding techniques,

  • building resources, and

  • gradually delving into the traumatic material at a manageable pace for the client.


The therapeutic approaches within trauma-informed therapy are diverse and tailored to individual needs. Effective treatments for trauma include Research-validated Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Brainspotting (BSP), Sandtray Therapy and Internal Family System (IFS). Experience Trauma-Informed Therapists often integrate therapy with attachment theory to help individual trauma survivors thrive past their previous negative experiences to live new and meaningful lives beyond their traumatic experiences.


Restoring Peace is a private mental health centre which provides counselling and psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, youths, adult individuals, couples and groups with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and various mental health and relationship challenges. For more information, please visit www.restoringpeace.com.sg or WhatsApp at +65 8889 1848. For periodic updates, we invite you to join our telegram group: https://t.me/restoringpeace.


Keywords: Trauma, EMDR, therapy, counselling, trauma-informed care, amygdala, hippocampus, brain, healing, recovery


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