A Trauma-Informed Approach To Care
Here at Mahaya Health, we use a trauma-informed approach to providing our healthcare services.
What Is A Trauma-Informed Approach?
The concept of trauma-informed care evolved, to a significant extent, from how we’ve treated military veterans. Our understanding of things like post-traumatic stress disorder evolved from veterans of the Vietnam War fighting for the proper care for their post-war trauma. We owe just as much to the feminist movement of the 1970’s, who fought just as hard (if not harder) to recognize the trauma of survivors of sexual or relationship-based violence.
As a result, the mental health community as a whole was forced to begin looking at a variety of topics in a new light.
Today, a trauma-informed approach is increasing in popularity among mental health practitioners, as well as other organizations. The hallmarks of a trauma-informed approach are as follows. These can be implemented within any organization.
A trauma-informed approach realizes that the impact of trauma can be widespread, in many different aspects of your life. At the same time, there are many potential pathways to recovery.
A trauma-informed approach recognizes trauma, and the signs and symptoms that may indicate trauma.
A trauma-informed approach responds to their knowledge about the presence of trauma by integrating that knowledge into each element of their practice.
A trauma-informed approach actively resists the re-traumatization of their patients and those around them.
Principles Of A Trauma-Informed Approach
Because trauma can take so many different forms, a trauma-informed approach adheres to a set of general principles rather than specific rules. This makes it easier for an organization to integrate into their processes.
The principles are as follows:
- Peer support
- Cultural, gender, and historical viewpoints
Taking these perspectives can help to promote recovery among those who have been impacted by trauma.
At Mahaya Health, some of our practitioners deal directly with trauma.
For Ariella Meinhard and Elena Rossi, the focus of their work is helping heal a person’s body and mind from the effects of trauma. This can include trauma related to attachment, specific events, or more complex trauma.
Healing from trauma can happen in many different ways. Here at Mahaya we use naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and other physical treatments along with talk therapy (or any combination of those) to help.
The rest of our practitioners, though, are still committed to operating from a trauma-informed approach. At Mahaya Health, you’ll find a safe, caring environment for all, regardless of past traumas.