Sheppard Pratt has created highly effective inpatient services, which personalizes care to meet the needs of each patient. Our Trauma Disorders Services offer a range of effective treatments for trauma-related disorders. A patient’s provider, psychotherapist, social worker, nursing staff, and rehabilitation staff all work as a team to care for patients.
Psychotherapy, or individual therapy, is central to healing and recovery. Patients who need treatment for a dissociative disorder or complex PTSD often respond well to psychotherapy, particularly when it is part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Our therapists use trauma-focused therapy strategies, including:
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
Group therapy, led by a multidisciplinary team, is an essential component of our program. You or your loved one will attend many groups on a daily basis.
Our daily intensive group therapy focuses on safety and symptom management. We offer:
- Psychoeducational groups centered on understanding posttraumatic and dissociative symptoms and developing skills and techniques to manage them
- Process groups that focus on discussion and exploration of trauma-related disorder issues
- Family issues groups that emphasize the importance of healthy relationships
- Transitions groups that focus on discharge planning and managing change
Expressive Trauma Therapy
Because trauma experiences may at first be unspeakable, we offer opportunities for patients to express themselves in nonverbal ways.
We provide specialized trauma-focused art therapy to help people engage in emotional regulation and stay grounded in the present, among other therapeutic goals. This powerful technique also helps people contain traumatic experiences within artistic imagery, so they can feel more control over flashbacks and other trauma intrusions.
We provide specialized trauma-focused occupational therapy in our Trauma Disorders Services. In groups and/or individual sessions, the occupational therapist will discuss aspects of your everyday functioning and support enhanced participation in life tasks, particularly areas that have been affected by trauma such as sleeping, hygiene and meal preparation.
All members of our community — providers, therapists, nursing staff, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and patients — actively contribute to the therapeutic milieu. In this supportive environment, we emphasize safety and stability throughout treatment.
We provide opportunities for peer support and ways for patients to improve relationships and practice new skills. Patients often find a reduced sense of isolation when they realize that they are not alone, and that many others share similar symptoms and difficulties. This can make it easier to engage in the hard work of trauma recovery.
Psychopharmacological Evaluation and Treatment
Our providers are experts in the treatment of complex trauma-related disorders, including other disorders that accompany them, such as depression and sleep problems. We understand that medication and psychotherapy complement one another, and are not “either-or” solutions. In general, psychotherapy is the primary treatment of PTSD and dissociative disorders. Medications can help reduce symptoms to allow better participation in therapy.
Our attending psychiatrists:
- Evaluate the patient’s current medication regimen, and adjust as needed, including discontinuing current medications and beginning new ones
- Educate patients about medications for trauma-related disorders, including potential benefits, side effects, time course of effect, and more
- We help patients understand which symptoms can be helped by medication and which are unlikely to be medication-responsive
- We emphasize that medication management is a collaborative process: patients are the ones that take the medications, and in the long run, will be the ones deciding which medications they will continue
To learn more, contact one of our Care Navigators at 410-938-5000.