How We Treat Trauma and Related Disorders

Our therapists are experienced in evidence-based treatment modalities:


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is evidence-based psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. During an EMDR session, the therapist leads a patient in a series of “bilateral stimulation” sets which may be eye movements (following the therapist’s hand movement with one’s eyes back and forth from left to right), alternating tactile or sound stimulation. Using detailed protocols that use cognitive, imaginative, and somatically based procedures, therapists help clients activate their natural healing ability.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP. DBT skills training helps people learn and use new skills and strategies to act effectively and to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Somatic Experiencingâ (SEä) was developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD to address the effects of trauma. Levine developed this approach after observing that prey animals, whose lives are routinely threatened in the wild, are able to recover readily by physically releasing the energy they accumulate during stressful events. Humans, on the other hand, often override these natural ways of regulating the nervous system with feelings of shame and pervasive thoughts, judgments, and fears. Somatic Experiencing helps people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

A specific type of cognitive therapy that we use at Sanctuary is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT was developed by Patricia Resick, Ph.D. CPT is an annualized treatment, generally delivered over 12 sessions. Through examining “stuck points” (unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma) people create new understandings of the traumatic event, themselves, others, and the world.

Expressive Arts and Yoga Therapies

Incorporating art creation and movement to support, expressive arts and yoga therapy groups will offer you opportunities to explore experiences using non-verbal modalities.

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