At The Pursuit Counseling, we understand that addiction often stems from trauma. Our specialized trauma counseling services aim to address the underlying emotional wounds that contribute to addictive behaviors. We offer evidence-based trauma counseling that is effective with working on addictions. We provide a holistic approach to addiction recovery, focusing on healing the past to create a healthier future. 

Our experienced therapists are trained in trauma-focused modalities. We help empower individuals to understand, process, and overcome the traumatic experiences that may be driving their addictive behaviors.

Trauma Counseling and Addiction

Traumatic experiences can significantly impact an individual's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Unresolved trauma can contribute to the development of addiction. Individuals may turn to substances or addictive behaviors as a coping mechanism to numb emotional pain or regain a sense of control. We have decades of experience in Substance, Cannabis, Alcohol, Sex, Shopping, Internet, and Gaming addictions. The relationship between trauma and addiction is complex, with trauma often acting as a catalyst or underlying factor.

The Connection between Trauma and Addiction 

Our trauma counseling services provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and process their experiences. Our therapists specialize in evidence-based modalities tailored to address trauma, such as Judith Herman’s Trauma and Recovery Model, Internal Family Systems -(IFS Therapy), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 

Trauma Counseling:
A Path to Healing

Paths to Healing

JUDITH HERMAN'S TRAUMA AND RECOVERY MODEL is a framework for understanding and treating the effects of trauma. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing trauma as a social and political issue, not just an individual experience. The model highlights the three stages of recovery: establishing safety, remembrance and mourning, and reconnection. Trauma and Recovery Model offers a approach to healing from trauma and promoting resilience.

INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS) THERAPY is a therapy that focuses on understanding and healing the different parts within us. It recognizes that we all have various "parts" within us, each with its own thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. IFS aims to create harmony and balance among these parts, fostering self-awareness, self-compassion, and healing. Through gentle exploration and dialogue, IFS helps clients access their inner wisdom and resources, facilitating personal growth, emotional healing, and transformation.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with trauma. It helps individuals develop healthier coping strategies and adaptive responses to triggers.

TRAUMA FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TFCBT) is specifically designed to address the needs of individuals who have experienced trauma. It combines CBT techniques with trauma-focused interventions to promote healing and recovery.

Addressing Underlying Trauma: Trauma counseling recognizes the crucial link between past traumas and addiction, allowing individuals to explore and process the root causes of their addictive behaviors. By addressing the underlying trauma, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms and reduce the risk of relapse.

Emotional Healing: Trauma counseling provides a supportive space for individuals to express and process their emotions related to their traumatic experiences. It promotes emotional healing, allowing individuals to develop healthier emotional regulation skills and reduce the need for substances or addictive behaviors as a means of self-soothing.

Coping Strategies and Relapse Prevention: Trauma counseling equips individuals with effective coping strategies to manage triggers, cravings, and stressors associated with both trauma and addiction. These tools promote relapse prevention and provide individuals with a solid foundation for long-term recovery.

Improved Self-Esteem and Empowerment: Trauma counseling helps individuals rebuild their sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and self-empowerment. By working through trauma, individuals can regain control over their lives and develop a stronger sense of identity.

Benefits of Trauma Counseling for Addiction Recovery:

We partner with local organizations that also help our clients in the recovery process. By utilizing 3rd party substance and alcohol testing, parents and spouses no longer have to be “the bad guy” that is responsible for surprise tests. We will customize any 3rd party testing plan for each client’s needs. 

The Pursuit Counseling offers a transformative approach to addiction recovery. By addressing the underlying traumas that contribute to addictive behaviors, we provide individuals with the tools, support, and empowerment they need to heal, grow, and thrive in their journey towards lasting recovery.

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