Trauma knows no boundaries. It affects people of every background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, and so on.
Many children and adults can effectively process a traumatic incident and go on with their lives with little or no lasting negative effect, but for many individuals, psychological trauma may set in.
At McLean, we understand that trauma disorders and symptoms caused by traumatic events or experiences can be unique to the individual.
We provide tailored treatment, using tested methods, to ensure each patient can find relief with care that works for them.
Exceptional Care, Exceptional Outcomes
At McLean Hospital, we provide world-class care for trauma and trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD and dissociative disorders.
Our experts deliver cutting-edge treatments proven to have success for individuals who struggle with the effects of psychological trauma.
Our clinicians and researchers also conduct innovative research into the causes of these conditions and provide robust education for patients and families and the broader community.
Alongside comprehensive diagnostic assessments and specialty consultations, our programs offer individual and group therapy, personalized treatment planning, and robust aftercare recommendations, proven behavioral therapies, and medication evaluation and management.
Our inpatient and day program services for women struggling with the effects of childhood abuse or other traumatic events maintain a strong reputation for their balanced emphasis on stabilization and healing. We also offer outpatient care for an array of trauma symptoms and diagnoses.
Trauma Care at a Glance
- Evidence-Based Care: Treatment focuses on methodologies proven by research to be effective, such as dialectical behavior therapy.
- Assessment: Upon admission, each patient is thoroughly evaluated so that clinicians can create customized care plans.
- Group Therapy: Patients participate in our robust group therapy program. This structured environment supports patients as they work toward recovery.
- Medication Consultation: When indicated, medication can be an important tool for trauma care. Patients meet with a psychiatrist as needed.
- Support and Education: Our educational curriculum promotes prolonged recovery. Resources are available for patients and their loved ones.
Putting Your Needs First
McLean has developed a model of treatment that is highly sensitive to the needs of trauma survivors.
Emphasis is placed on the overall psychological health and functioning of the individual and not simply on identifying and working on trauma-related symptoms.
Care focuses on respect and collaboration, interpersonal relationships, patient education, and healing.
Given the highly chaotic and disrupted early environments of many trauma survivors, we emphasize the need for patients to develop solid relational skills and control of symptoms before embarking on the exploration and emotional release of traumatic experiences. Patients are encouraged to acknowledge and deal with their traumatic history while maintaining control, safety, and functioning.
Patients receive help in gaining control over their own experiences so that they can proceed in treatment without being re-traumatized by the intense feelings and experiences that invariably arise throughout treatment.
Our staff emphasizes empathy, compassion, collaboration, and empowerment throughout the treatment process.
What Is DBT?
One of the therapies that have been proven to help individuals who struggle with trauma and related disorders is called dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT.
DBT is a form of cognitive behavior therapy—skills-based therapies that teach people to connect their actions and thoughts.
DBT emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
Mindfulness practice involves increasing self-awareness by learning to focus on one’s experience of the present moment.
A combination of cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness principles are employed to help people gain better control over their behaviors and to allow for a different way of managing intense feelings.
There are several forms of DBT customized to treat trauma disorders, especially PTSD. For example, DBT+prolonged exposure (DBT+PE) helps patients stop avoidance and instead confront trauma-related thoughts and situations using therapeutic strategies to effectively process the trauma.
McLean recognizes the importance of skills-based therapies like DBT in teaching patients to learn to manage their symptoms throughout their lives. DBT is incorporated into patient care plans when appropriate and customized to meet the needs of the individual.
Specialized Services for First Responders
For frontline workers, stress springs from the nature of the job itself. Many emergency responders and frontline workers feel compelled to respond to the call to action at the expense of the self.
Emergency responders often have trouble striking a healthy balance between pressure-filled jobs and their personal lives, resulting in difficulties at home and work. They often think it is a sign of weakness if they are unable to manage the effects of their job and are reluctant to seek help when they need it.
McLean Hospital understands that police, active military, and other first responders and frontline workers endure unique on-duty and personal stresses and also face many obstacles in seeking help.
Our LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program is proud to provide specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform.
If you work on the front lines and are feeling the effects of trauma, the first step in seeking help may be the most difficult.
Knowing that you are not alone and that there are treatments available to build resilience to trauma is important. This is key not only to your recovery, but also to let your fellow first responders know that seeking help is perfectly normal.
Learn more about LEADER’s specialty mental health services for emergency responders and frontline workers.
Supporting the Reality of DID
Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is not what you think it is. Patients with DID do not put on different hats, speak in different accents, or display different mannerisms. The thought that they would is a byproduct of misinformed popular beliefs and media.
During a traumatic experience, one way a person can cope is to dissociate or compartmentalize the experience into another level of awareness. By doing this, one can move through life, to a certain extent, without constant reminders of distressing events.
Experts at McLean work to dispel the myths of the realities of DID to encourage those who struggle with the disorder to seek help. Our world-class treatment for people with dissociative identity disorder helps individuals face their past traumas and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Do you or a loved one struggle with dissociative identity disorder? Call us today at 877.964.5565 to learn more about treatment options.