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What do Trauma Therapists do?

Clinical Psychologist, Auckland, Ponsonby & Parnell - Trauma Therapist Auckland

Trauma therapists are mental health professionals trained to help individuals cope with and recover from traumatic experiences. Their primary goal is to assist clients in understanding, processing, and overcoming the psychological impact of trauma. Here are some key aspects of what trauma therapists do:
Assessment:- Conduct comprehensive assessments to understand the nature and extent of the trauma. - Identify symptoms and their impact on the individual's mental and emotional well-being.

Establishing Safety:- Create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where clients feel secure discussing their experiences.- Work on establishing trust and rapport between the therapist and the client.

Psychoeducation:- Educate clients about the effects of trauma on mental health.- Provide information about coping mechanisms, triggers, and common reactions to trauma.

Emotional Regulation:- Help clients develop healthy emotional regulation strategies.- Teach skills for managing intense emotions related to trauma, such as anxiety, anger, or sadness.

Trauma Processing:- Utilise evidence-based therapeutic approaches to process traumatic memories and experiences.- Explore the impact of trauma on thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

Cognitive Restructuring:- Assist clients in challenging and restructuring negative thought patterns associated with trauma.- Promote more adaptive ways of thinking.


Skill-Building:- Teach coping skills and resilience-building techniques.- Enhance problem-solving abilities and adaptive functioning.

Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques:- Introduce mindfulness and grounding exercises to help clients stay present and manage dissociation.- Foster a sense of safety and awareness in the present moment.


Strength-Based Approaches:- Focus on clients' strengths and resilience rather than solely on deficits.- Encourage a positive and empowering outlook on the recovery process.


Interpersonal Skills:- Address issues related to trust, boundaries, and relationship difficulties stemming from the trauma.- Work on improving communication and relational skills.


Treatment Planning:Develop individualised treatment plans based on the unique needs and goals of the client.Collaborate with clients to set realistic and achievable objectives.

Monitoring Progress:

- Regularly assess and monitor the client's progress in therapy.- Adjust treatment approaches based on the client's evolving needs.


Trauma therapists may use various therapeutic modalities, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), or other evidence-based practices, depending on the client's needs and preferences.
Dr JC Coetzee, Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Therapist