How Childhood Pain Leads to Relationship Trauma

People with a history of childhood trauma often carry those issues unconsciously forward into adult relationships. A pattern of childhood neglect, emotional or physical abuse, or a story involving sexual molestation or rape creates difficulties for adults as they attempt to make long-term bonds in committed relationships. It is not uncommon to find such an…

Trauma Informed Approach

Complex Trauma Treatment and Trauma-Informed Addiction Therapy at Promises Many people with alcohol or drug addiction have a history of trauma. Whether it was a single event or occurred repeatedly over an extended period of time – either recently or in the more distant past – trauma can have a severe impact on the primary…

Trauma Therapy Center

When people are traumatized, their system becomes shocked and dysregulated. Their nervous system goes haywire. The experiences split off from consciousness and are held in different pockets of memory in the brain. If the experience is not retriggered, people may go through life fairly successfully. But if the traumatic memories are activated by a situation,…

4 Powerful Rituals to Help Heal Trauma and Loss

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Executive Director of Promises The clients we serve suffer from significant mental illness, many times with a co-occurring addiction, and most have experienced profound trauma in their lives. They’ve spent much of their lives struggling with pain that has compromised their functioning and taken away hope. The healing process is…

Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: How It Heals Trauma

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Clinical Program Director, Promises Malibu Vista Addressing spirituality and spiritual issues in psychotherapy can be an integral part of helping clients heal from trauma and achieve post-traumatic growth. Spiritual concepts such as forgiveness, meaning-making, surrender and connectedness can help clients integrate traumatic events and move forward with new narratives and…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Men

Anyone exposed to a highly traumatic situation with the potential to cause injury or death can develop diagnosable symptoms of the mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. However, for a number of reasons, men have PTSD risks that differ from those found in women. In addition, men who develop the disorder can…