Trauma Systems Therapy

Is your child or teen making unsafe or risky choices? Has your child or teen experienced trauma? Does it feel like everything you try to do to help is just not working? TST is a new, innovative way to treat children, teens and families.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is anytime the brain becomes too overwhelmed with emotion and cannot handle it. The threat can be real or “felt,” and can be something your child experienced themselves or witnessed. Trauma can be something that happened once, or something that happened over and over again over a long period of time.

  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual assault
  • Being abandoned by a caregiver
  • Bullying
  • Natural disasters
  • Car accidents
  • Medical procedures
  • Witnessing violence

What Does Trauma Look Like?

Everyone experiences trauma in different ways, and what is traumatic to one person may not be to somebody else.

  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
  • Cutting, burning, scratching, or attempting suicide
  • Aggression or lashing out at others
  • Mood swings, depression, or panic
  • Feeling empty, numb or worthless
  • Running away
  • Sexual behavior
  • “Shutting down”
  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Drug use
  • Trouble trusting and getting along with others

These symptoms can be overwhelming to both you and your child. Sometimes they can feel like they came out of nowhere. TST addresses the “root” issues of a problem so that your family can live happier, healthier lives together.

What is TST?

Many treatment approaches focus on just the child. Trauma Systems Therapy is a new therapy approach that involves a child’s whole environment, such as their family, school, caseworkers and coaches. When we have experienced trauma, it affects the way our brain works and how we handle relationships. This means that children with trauma may have trouble getting along with others, feeling in control, and making healthy choices because the brain is too busy thinking that it is still in danger. TST helps both the child who survived the trauma and the people in their lives to understand, help, and be part of the child’s healing.

What Should I Expect with TST?

TST is more intensive than many other treatments. At first, most kids/teens will meet with an individual therapist 1-2 times per week, and the family will meet with their family therapist 1-2 times per week. You may also have groups, medication management, case management, school advocacy, or other types of supports.  Sometimes appointments will be out in the community, such as school or at  home, to help your family use the skills outside of the office and in “real life” scenarios.

To set up an initial trauma screening, please call Rebecca Bianco at (719) 572-6100.