Psychological trauma occurs in some people following particularly stressful events, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and alone. It’s difficult to determine what causes one person to be traumatized by an event while another walks away unscathed, but if an event threatened your sense of security and well-being it may lead to unbearable emotional pain. What is most important for trauma victims to remember is that the facts of the trauma aren’t what determines whether or not you need help; it’s the way you feel about those facts that causes development of trauma. You’re simply responding to an abnormal situation in a normal manner. Trauma can develop after a single situation like a natural disaster or it can be the culmination of ongoing, relentless stresses such as domestic or child abuse.
Victims of traumatic events often report flashbacks to the event, as though they’re living it over and over. They may have challenges in concentration and memory as the intrusive flashbacks can emerge from out of nowhere. You may struggle with survivor’s guilt if you were spared from a fate others succumbed to. You may blame yourself or think of your intense reactions as being “weak.”
Why You Should Consider Inpatient Trauma Treatment at Park Royal Hospital
At Park Royal Hospital, we understand what you’re going through. No matter the precipitating event, we know that you’re trying to cope with emotions that are overwhelming you. We’ll work with you to gain your trust, allow you the space to process the traumatic experience, and provide a shoulder to lean on when you need us most. At Park Royal, we aim to treat all of you – your mind, body, and soul.
Symptoms of traumatic events tend to dissipate over time as many people begin to process the tremendous shock of the event. Some people do not find that time heals these wounds; instead they feel as though time intensifies the wounds. Coping with a traumatic event can leave you breathless and alone as those vivid images play over and over in your head. You may find yourself unable to escape these horrible memories even in your sleep. Your nights may be filled with nightmares of the trauma. You may feel alone, at the end of your rope, unable to cope. Let the caring staff at Park Royal gently guide you away from trauma and into a future filled with hope.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Park Royal, as a behavioral health leader, is dedicated to providing a continuum of services to those in need. We understand that the experience of a traumatic event affects each individual in a different way and we are equipped to manage all kinds of reactions to trauma. Whatever your needs may be, Park Royal provides life-changing care. We want to once again instill a sense of hope that things can get better and that you can learn to live without suffering from emotional pain.
We promise to treat you with the utmost dignity and respect as we work through the surrounding problems that are continuing to cause you pain. The effects of psychological trauma are so overwhelming that some people may have developed other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse or depression which also need to be treated. We will take the time to get to know all the struggles you are facing so that we can treat all of you and not just the symptoms of trauma. We want to help you heal as a complete person – mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment Approaches for Trauma at Park Royal Hospital
When you come to Park Royal for help working through your trauma you will work closely with our multi-disciplinary treatment teams that will provide you with the most comprehensive care available. Our psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, primary care physicians, physical therapists, and around-the-clock nurses all work together to provide you with the most up-to-date and effective treatments possible.
Before you can engage in any of our therapies you will first need to have a complete physical and psychological assessment. This is done in order to determine how trauma has impacted your life, determine the existence of any co-occurring disorder, and establish any additional medical needs. Our holistic approach to treatment considers all of your needs when we outline your individualized recovery plan.
The main treatment method used at Park Royal is group therapy. We offer both process and psycho-educational based groups on a daily basis. Group therapy is an effective form of treatment because it allows individuals to work through their emotions and bond over similar experiences. Group cohesiveness provides people the opportunity to gain additional support and to learn from each other about how to overcome traumatic experiences. Additionally, group members will be able to realize that they are not the only one who is going through a hard time.
Individual therapy is also an important therapeutic technique in the treatment of trauma. Sessions can be used to dig deeper into the painful emotions and fears surrounding the traumatic experience. Over time people can build up trust with a counselor by working one-on-one and eventually decrease some of their anxiety.
Family therapy is another method of treatment and since we know how important loved ones are, we encourage their participation in your treatment. By helping loved ones to understand what psychological trauma is and what you are currently going through they can learn to be sensitive to your needs and be there to support you.
In addition to traditional therapeutic methods we offer experiential programs to assist with your recovery. These additional therapies may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Leisure time
- Recreational programs
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Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When you are confident in your newly learned coping skills and when our treatment team believes that you are ready to leave our inpatient program, your discharge plan will be put into place. This aftercare plan is designed to help you make the transition to your next phase of treatment and to allow you to continue to be successful in your recovery.
If you still require a somewhat structured environment, Park Royal offers a few Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) that may suit your current needs. Our inpatient programs are for individuals who no longer need 24-hour care, but can still benefit from structured care. These programs offer group sessions, individual therapy, and educational programs. Focus is placed on improving mood, socialization skills, support systems, and relationships. If you are ready to return home, we will work with you to establish connections in your community and help you locate an outpatient therapist.