Introducing The Center For Trauma Therapy
Traumatic stress is the chameleon of mental health because it produces a variety of symptoms that wax and wane with little predictability. The effects tend to be cumulative, and are caused by events and conditions that range from difficulties at birth to natural disasters, accidents, catastrophic loss, child neglect and abuse, and living with impaired family members. Ultimately, trauma is a disorder of dysregulation: biography becomes biology. Symptoms may include debilitating anxiety, phobias, sleep disorders, changes in personality and cherished beliefs, recurrent and baffling physical complaints, an inability to establish and maintain trusting and supportive relationships, self-destructive behaviors, and self-medication with drugs, alcohol and compulsive activities.
Dr. Norton uses methods that are based on over one hundred years of study of traumatic stress that, combined with current research, show that trauma does not respond well to traditional talk therapy. Rather, it is necessary to integrate dissociated memories into a completed linear narrative. This is best done by developing a plan for each person that takes into consideration not only the person’s past experiences, but his or her environment, health, social support, other risk factors, and strengths. Resolution may be achieved through weekly visits or intensive out-patient therapy, depending on the client’s specific needs. The goal is to attain self-regulation by completing the trauma story.