Approved Care Network
Due to the lack of integration between the trauma, mental health and medical fields, mental health and medical professionals often have not had the extensive trauma training necessary to approach their clients’ conditions in a way that promotes healing rather than simply managing symptoms. When helping professionals understand interpersonal trauma’s impact on the brain and the science behind the symptoms, effective treatment can take place, rather than blaming and re-traumatizing the victim.
Trauma-focused treatment modalities that engage the survival part of the brain – where the “fight-flight-freeze” response takes place – allow for the processing of trauma as opposed to the more common “talk therapy” which engages only the logical, cognitive part of the brain and often results in obtaining coping strategies rather than real healing. While we believe there is certainly a place for cognitive work, we align with the belief many experts in the trauma field subscribe to which is that brain-body based work is necessary for processing trauma. Healing TREE has, to the best of our ability, vetted the practices of the providers in our network and made sure that they understand, are capable of, and trained in treating trauma. We require providers in our network to provide their training certificates in leading brain-body based treatment modalities to help ensure that they are on what we believe to be the cutting edge of trauma treatment. The clinicians on our Advisory Board have helped us determine the vetting process. To learn more about the modalities we promote and why, please visit our Resources page. Our Approved Care Network is made up of Individual Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, etc.) Supplemental Care Providers (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructors, Art Therapists, Equine-Assisted Therapists, etc.) and Treatment Facilities. Click on your state to see the approved providers/ facilities in your area.
Interested in becoming a part of our network? Please fill out the appropriate form below.
*The providers alone, and not Healing TREE, are responsible for the care that they provide. Healing TREE has, to the best of our ability, vetted their practices and made sure that they understand, are capable of, and trained in treating trauma. Currently, our network of approved care and supplemental care providers is only in the USA. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these providers, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Help for Partners who are Abusive: Guide for Men Who Are Serious About Changing – Part 1
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AT 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Locked Inside Us
Locked Inside Us is a Public Service Announcement / micro-short film geared towards middle school through college students and is about the “little t” traumas we keep inside us that affect our lives moving forward.
Bound was created by Healing TREE Artist Advocate Samantha Scaffidi and produced by Voyager Studios LLC in association with SLMBR PRTY. It answers the important question of why people who are victims of abuse often feel a powerful attachment to those who have abused them. Furthermore, it points towards resources that emphasize trauma’s impact on the brain and allow for effective treatment (apart from the typical cognitive approach that doesn’t engage the survival part of the brain that is impacted during abuse) that leads to breaking the cycle and finding healing.
What you need to know about gaslighting, a common tactic of abusers & dictators
A closer look at continually relevant topics through the lens of abuse and trauma. A Healing TREE PSA, featuring Charles Baker.
What you need to know about toxic stress & children separated from their parents
A closer look at continually relevant topics through the lens of abuse and trauma. A Healing TREE PSA, featuring Christina Bianco.
Lists of red flags of various forms of abuse, exploitation, trauma and related mental health issues. Please call 911 (in the US) or reach out to a Crisis Hotline if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs and may be in the middle of an emergency. If you are not in the middle of an emergency, but are interested in seeking treatment, please visit our Approved Care Network page.
- 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You, Shahida Arabi
- Being An Abusive Partner
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Domestic Violence
- Economic Abuse
- Educator Misconduct
- Emotional Abuse
- Human Trafficking
- Physical Abuse
- Trauma Bonds and Other Trauma Reactions
Terms to Know
According to Judith Herman, M.D., “At the moment of trauma, the victim is rendered helpless by overwhelming force… Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.”
Showering someone with extreme “love,” attention and affection with the hidden motive of gaining their trust and dependence only to later exploit it. Often the first warning sign of any abusive relationship.
A form of psychological abuse whereby the perpetrator presents false or twisted information with the intention of making the victim doubt their own memory, perception, or sanity, disorienting them and making them more vulnerable to further abuse.
The strong attachment, attraction and/or devotion to harmful person(s) as a result of the cycle of abuse where there is fear, a power imbalance and intermittent reward and punishment present; a reaction to trauma in which the victim attempts to avoid further abuse by “agreeing with” an abuser; closely related to the fourth survival response in fight, flight, freeze or “fawn,” Stockholm syndrome and battered woman syndrome.
A subconscious compulsion to repeat trauma often by engaging in abusive relationships either as victim or perpetrator in an attempt to eliminate the original fear.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; a therapy developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., widely named effective in treating trauma, using bilateral eye movements, tones or taps to desensitize and reprocess distressing feelings and negative cognitions and reinstall positive experiences necessary for healing.
A therapy developed by Pat Ogden, Ph.D., to treat trauma using a body-centered approach and engaging the neocortex to heal the disconnection between body and mind and promote self-regulation.
- The ACE Study: Alcoholism
- The ACE Study: Childhood Abuse and Leading Causes of Death in Adults
- The ACE Study: Medical Disease, Psychiatric Disorders & Sexual Behavior
- The ACE Study: Smoking
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Overview
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States
- Domestic Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Mental Illness