Trauma Treatment


According to The National Institutes of Health, 71% of adults in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event over their lifetime. About 6% of people will develop symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives.

Science has found that lasting changes in the brain, particularly in the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex, occur after someone has experienced trauma. After a trauma, the body also releases more stress hormones (i.e. cortisol, norepinephrine) when stressed. These physical changes can lead to changes in mood, behavior, and cognition.


There are many adverse life events that can make it difficult to cope in the present, including, but not limited to:

  • Accidents
  • Bullying
  • Chronic familial instability
  • Combat exposure
  • Community violence, terrorism, and mass attacks
  • Medical diagnoses and terminal illness
  • Traumatic pregnancy/birth experiences
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse or assault
  • Refugee trauma
  • Traumatic grief

Trauma treatment techniques have been proven by research to help improve a person’s coping after adverse life events. Because many Compass clinicians have specialized training and experience in one or more empirically-validated trauma therapies modalities, we can help you determine which type of therapy is the best fit for you. Our therapists’ training includes:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Common symptoms of having experienced trauma that can be improved with treatment include:

  • Recurrent memories about the trauma
  • Feeling like the trauma is happening again (Flashbacks)
  • Anxiety, panic, fear, and worry
  • Nightmares, insomnia, appetite changes, and/or sensations in your body
  • Being easily startled and needing to be alert or on-guard frequently
  • Difficulty maintinaing relationships with family and/or friends
  • Feeling numb, chronically angry, depressed, guilty, and/or hopeless
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering, or managing day-to-day activities