Specialized services and support for individuals who have experienced traumatic events


What is Trauma?


If you’ve experienced an extremely stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. It could be a physical assault, emotional or verbal abuse, a life-threatening medical condition, terrorism or a even a natural disaster that causes a severe disability in your daily functioning resulting from that event. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories and anxiety that won’t go away; numb, disconnected, unable to trust other people.

When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again, but there is hope. Whether the trauma happened years ago or yesterday, you can make healing changes and move on with your life, but it requires specialized support from a professional familiar with trauma, specifically.

ABS is here to give you that specialized support, so that you can work through your recovery. While there is no fast track or timeline for recovering from trauma, it’s essential to work with a licensed professional who will help you be quite a bit more effective and efficient during the recovery process.


Goals of Trauma Therapy

There are multiple therapeutic approaches that can be used to help alleviate the signs and symptoms associated with trauma. The goal is for the individual to experience a healthy and successful way of living.

Regardless of the specific treatment approach the goals of therapy are the following:

  • Prevent mental health complications from trauma such as posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder and other trauma related co-morbid conditions

  • Improve adaptive functioning and restore normal development

  • Prevent relapse

  • Assimilate the danger and triggers associated with the traumatic event into a constructive scheme of safety, prevention and protection

  • Reduce behaviors that restrict daily life and impair functioning