Breathe’s founding Executive Clinical Director, Kathleen Murphy, is one of the nation’s foremost trauma therapists, and our treatment of trauma survivors is in our DNA.The word trauma is overused and little understood by the world at large. What we know about complex trauma has grown incredibly in the past decade, even as the treatment of trauma survivors has been slow to catch up.
For those struggling with the impact of complex trauma in life, we know that:
- Trauma interrupts the ability to successfully navigate life
- Trauma treatment must be tolerable – and cannot occur in a few weeks
Complex trauma allows mundane life events to stimulate and dysregulate the brain and interrupt healthy living.
Over the course of thirty to sixty days of care, a window of tolerance increases our client’s ability to experience change, allowing key trauma experiences from their past to re-organize. Complexities that we explore include: missing comfort, validation, safe places for exploration, freedom from fear of abandonment, acceptance of anger and sadness as resiliency in action. As new patterns emerge, changes to the amount and kind of stimulation that reaches the brain (neurons fire together whenever we have an experience) and new learning is experienced.
Through our trauma-informed treatment program, clients are able to shift their state of being, from a defined “trauma state” to the “wellness state” deliberately. In other words, a client changes their state of being from “wounded” to “well” and increases their ability to tolerate life’s elements.
Pscho-neuroplasticity is where attention goes, where “firing” goes (what wires together fires together) to encourage new experiences and new connections.
We employ mindfulness strategies such as DBT, meditation and yoga to help increase dual awareness while allowing for greater treatment tolerance.
Using action methods of therapy, we facilitate acts of triumph through the relentless challenging of clients’ habitual assumptions by reframing symptoms through “parts work.”
Our therapeutic approaches deliberately challenge, rather than reinforce, procedural learning.
We teach the skill to observe rather than interpret. Observation takes place by repeatedly calling attention to, and engaging in, activities that directly disrupt what has been procedurally learned, thereby creating opportunities for new experiences.
With intention, the clinical team and client:
- Tee up and experience acts of triumph
- Have new success experiences
- Claim habitual patterns to disrupt, then release
- Name the change of a projected future
- Mobilize actions to create real possibilities of a future life worth exploring
Under Kathleen Murphy’s leadership, Breathe’s Trauma Program creates safety and stability in the here and the now, allowing clients to remember the trauma within a window of tolerance rather than continuing to re-enact or relive traumatic and painful states of being.
If you or someone you love suffers from complex trauma, please give us a call at 800-929-5904 to discuss trauma treatment options. We can help.