Trauma Resiliency Model
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult events, experiences, or feelings by using cognitive, emotional, and physical skills. After trauma, it can be very challenging to feel a sense of resilience. The Trauma Resiliency Model addresses those challenges and helps clients feel a sense of healing.
What is the Trauma Resiliency Model?
The Trauma Resiliency Model is a therapeutic modality that takes a neuroscientific approach to treating therapy. It also relies on mindfulness practices and client self-awareness. The Trauma Resiliency Model posits that individuals’ reactions to stress or perceived danger – such as that in traumatic experiences – impacts their body’s systems. By teaching the body how to decrease this reaction and instead deflect the stress away from the senses, the individual may not be as impacted by trauma.
The Trauma Resiliency Model offers clients nine skills to practice:
- Help now
- Shift and stay
Clients learn how to incorporate all nine skills into their daily living. Accompanying this practice, clients also learn how to assess their body’s reactions and reflect on how they physically feel in moments of distress. The goal of the Trauma Resiliency Model is to give clients the skills they need to decrease their trauma reactions, and therefore promote resilience.
What happens in a Trauma Resilience Model therapy session?
Trauma Resiliency Model therapy sessions include a combination of psychoeducation, skills development, and introspection. Clients learn about the body’s trauma and stress reactions, including how the brain and body respond during traumatic experiences. They’re encouraged to apply these lessons towards their own experiences to better understand why it may be difficult for them to break free from their trauma symptoms.
Clients also learn how to practice each of the nine skills. They’ll learn relaxation or grounding techniques, visualizations, meditations, and many more tools that prompt mindfulness. Trauma Resiliency Model therapists will slowly encourage clients to revisit some of their painful memories or to further experience their distress, to actively combat it using their new skills. Applying their knowledge teaches their brains and bodies healthier ways of reacting, which may help them bounce back faster after difficult situations.
What can Trauma Resilience Model therapy help with?
The Trauma Resiliency Model is a standardized therapy approach. Therapists who offer Trauma Resiliency Model treatment must be trained and certified in providing these services. If you’re looking for a therapist who offers Trauma Resiliency Model treatment sessions, be sure to check their credentials.