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Trauma Therapy San Francisco

Reclaim Your Life with Trauma Therapy at Bay Area CBT Center

Unlock your path to recovery with trauma therapy at the Bay Area CBT Center. We embrace an integrative and holistic approach grounded in scientific methods to help you overcome the impacts of past trauma.

Trauma can deeply affect your emotions, behaviors, and relationships, but with our expert care and specialized support, healing is not just a possibility it’s an achievable goal. Our trauma therapy programs are meticulously designed to facilitate growth, healing, and a reclaimed sense of empowerment in your life.

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Our trauma therapy addresses various types of trauma

Our trauma therapy can help you overcome different types of trauma, ranging from acute trauma, which arises from a singular life-threatening event, to long-term chronic trauma, which involves multiple events that may or may not be life-threatening but are chronic in nature. 

These traumatic experiences can leave you feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and out of control. They severely impact your psychological and emotional well-being, leading to long-term consequences. At Bay Area CBT Center, we recognize that the impact of trauma extends beyond the initial event itself, influencing your ability to trust, feel safe in relationships, and live a fulfilling life.

Signs of Trauma

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Holistic therapy for acute trauma and PTSD

At the Bay Area CBT Center, our trauma therapy services are expertly designed to assist you in managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition often triggered by intense, traumatic events that severely disrupt your sense of security. 

These events can range from sexual assault and near-death experiences to severe accidents, major surgeries, or significant injuries—each capable of eliciting overwhelming emotions such as shock, denial, and disbelief. These initial reactions can evolve into severe anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.

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Evidence-based treatments for complex trauma and chronic PTSD

We also specialize in treating complex PTSD, or developmental trauma, resulting from prolonged exposure to stressful environments, especially during childhood. This includes continuous abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence. Unlike acute PTSD, complex PTSD deeply influences your personality and how you relate to others.

You may face challenges like difficulty in forming healthy relationships, mistrust, and insecurity in social settings. Often, you might repeat harmful patterns or enter abusive relationships, unknowingly reenacting past traumas. Therapy for complex PTSD involves in-depth, long-term strategies aimed at reshaping deeply ingrained beliefs and behaviors.

Navigating betrayal trauma through therapy

Our trauma therapy can also assist individuals who have experienced betrayal trauma. Betrayal trauma occurs when the people or institutions you rely on for security breach that trust in significant ways. This can include scenarios of infidelity, deception, or severe relational betrayals. The category also covers survivors of narcissistic abuse, where manipulation and emotional exploitation leave profound emotional scars.

At Bay Area CBT Center, our trauma therapy guides you through the complexities of betrayal trauma, focusing on healing the deep wounds caused by broken trust. Our approach includes building skills to regain a sense of personal safety, learning to rebuild trust in relationships, and enhancing emotional regulation to manage the intense feelings that betrayal can provoke.

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Trauma Therapy Services We Offer


We Offer Trauma-Informed Therapy In-Person and Online Across California 

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Teen Therapy

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How to Start Therapy with Us

Start your healing journey today!

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Matching Appointment

Book a free consult with our specialist to assess your needs.

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Therapist Match

We’ll match you with a therapist who fits your goals.

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Schedule Your Session

Choose video, phone, or in-person for your first session.

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Start Therapy

If the initial therapist match isn’t ideal, we’ll switch you for free.

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Innovative approaches to trauma recovery

At Bay Area CBT Center, we specialize in a comprehensive and integrative approach to trauma therapy, utilizing a broad spectrum of evidence-based, science-backed therapies. Our skilled therapists are proficient in a variety of techniques including Schema Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), among others. 

We specialize in integrating and blending techniques effectively, adapting our diverse methods to meet the individual needs of our clients. Our flexible approach promotes comprehensive healing and resilience, ensuring that you receive the most effective and personalized treatment for your specific circumstances.

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Break the cycle of avoidance and fear with trauma therapy

Our holistic and integrative trauma therapy treats the whole person—mind, body, action, and spirit—using cognitive-behavioral and somatic techniques. We address the common pattern of avoiding trauma reminders, which can worsen fear and anxiety over time. 

Instead of avoidance, our approach gently guides you through the traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment, promoting healing across all dimensions of the self and reducing the risk of developing full blown post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Transform your life with trauma informed CBT

The most effective and empirically validated treatment for trauma is exposure—that is, the only way to minimize the power of the traumatic event and become desensitized to the experience is by slowly and gradually exposing yourself to the thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations connected to the traumatic event. 

This method is a core component of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which specifically aims to help individuals process and overcome trauma. Similar to overcoming a fear of spiders, the way to decrease that fear is by gradually taking small steps toward facing the spider and recognizing that it is not actually dangerous. TF-CBT uses this principle of gradual exposure to help trauma survivors confront and reframe their perceptions of the traumatic event, reducing its impact over time.

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Exposure-based therapy for trauma healing

Incorporating exposure interventions into our trauma treatment, we meticulously ensure that every step is manageable, gradual, and always on your terms. Together, we’ll identify incremental steps tailored to your comfort level. We are committed to proceeding at your pace, fully preparing you and equipping you with the skills needed to navigate the experience. 

Exposure therapy allows you to confront fears in a controlled, supportive environment. Your path to recovery is yours to walk, but you don’t have to walk it alone. Reach out today, and let us help you reclaim your life, one step at a time.

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Break Free from Trauma and Get the Help You Deserve

Ready to reclaim your life and rewrite your story? 

At the Bay Area CBT Center, we specialize in trauma therapy tailored to your unique needs. Our dedicated team of therapists is committed to empowering your journey towards healing and growth. With evidence-based interventions and extensive experience in trauma treatment, including authored books contributing to the field, we provide a supportive environment for your recovery.

Don’t let the weight of your past hold you back any longer. Take the courageous step towards transformation today. Contact us now to schedule your first appointment and embark on a path towards healing, resilience, and empowerment. Your journey towards a better tomorrow starts now!

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