Offering progressive, specialized care for those who have experienced past trauma and would benefit from support in the recovery process.
Trauma effects the entirety of the person and thus requires a holistic response. gHive offers various levels of support and interventions intended to make care accessible, culturally adaptable, and individualized.
Types of trauma:
Single incident | Developmental trauma (including early childhood neglect and abuse) | Complex trauma | Intimate partner violence | Gender-based violence | Racial trauma | Bullying | Community violence | Genocide | Disasters | Workplace violence
Designed to support you in between your individual therapy sessions or as a tool for sustaining progress. Your trauma coach is here to help you feel supported and continue to develop skills for building strength. Coaches are also available to help you sustain your post-trauma recovery. Coaching includes:
- text, phone or video in between therapy session
- skill development
- support in grounding, mindfulness, meditation or interpersonal skills
Trauma Coaching is not a replacement for individual mental health treatment.
gHive specializes in trauma and trauma-related mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and mood difficulties. We are also able to serve those with a history of disordered eating or substance use if these concerns fall within the mild-moderate range without active risk to health and safety. An initial screening would be required to ensure gHive is the right fit.
Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy and often times more. Connection with others diffuses the sense of isolation that many of us experience in the context of distress. Additionally, working through trauma requires skill building given the hard work associated with the process. Our skills-based groups will help you build the emotional muscle you need to recover successfully and safely.
Trauma is an assault on the entire person, including the body. Our ability to regulate emotion and stress can be impaired in response to adverse experiences, only further exacerbating symptoms. Yoga utilizes breath, mindfulness and movement and can be very helpful in keeping us focused on the safety of the here and now while regulating the central nervous system. These are fundamental skills that are necessary in the trauma healing process.
Mindfulness & Meditation
When dealing with the effects of trauma, the nervous system is often stuck in fight or flight mode. When we engage in mindfulness meditation we allow the brain to focus on one thing, thus creating an opportunity for the nervous system to enter rest and relaxation mode. When done over time, this allows new neural pathways to be developed that create an expectation of being in rest and relaxation longer and more frequently.
Art & Writing Groups
Sometimes words alone are an inadequate representation of our experience. Creative expression can augment storytelling by utilizing different areas of the brain or allowing for alternative opportunities for emotional expression.
Symptoms of trauma
Symptoms of trauma can vary depending upon type, extent, and protective factors. Common experiences include but are not limited to:
- Reliving the event(s), nightmares related or unrelated to the event(s)
- Avoidance of things associated with events
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Depressed or anxious mood
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Anger & irritability
- Guilt & shame
- Generalized fear or distrust of others
- Dissociation or numbness
- Shock or disbelief
Many chronic health conditions are associated with childhood trauma, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome or other gastrointestinal difficulties, and obesity.