Seeking Safety from Trauma
Over the last decade we have seen a deluge of spilled ink and sermons delivered on the topic of Trauma (capital letter intended). Therapists and other clinicians are wont to see Trauma as the cause of all mental/emotional distress and disorder. Payers and regulators want to see Trauma informed care as the standard for all services.
Please don’t misunderstand and think I am about to argue against trauma as a factor of etiology. I am not. Please do not think I am going argue against trauma sensitive care. I am not.
I do, however, have to take issue with a number of things. One of which, I will briefly introduce here, is an intuitive response to emotional trauma (or the vision of Trauma in the mind’s eye of the therapist). I have noticed a tendency among my colleagues to fix Trauma through the exclusive use of invoking Safety (capital letter intended).