Trauma-Specific and Behavioral Health Services

A Glance at Our Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Comprehensive assessments

    Create an individualized treatment plan.

  • Evidence-based therapies

    Reduce or eliminate trauma symptoms.

  • Holistic therapies

    Reduce stress, offer comfort, and enable healing.

  • Guide and support patients

Highlights of Trauma-Informed Care Services

Trauma is defined as the “experience of an event or enduring conditions in which the individual's ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed and the individual experiences (either objectively or subjectively) a threat to his/her life, bodily integrity, or that of a caregiver or family.” This can include developmental trauma, due to events occurring in childhood/adolescence, and relational trauma, as well as trauma following a terrifying experience, such as witnessing a fatality or surviving a life-threatening accident.

Separation, unresolved grief, and neglect may also cause trauma that impacts a person’s ability to function. Other experiences that involve a lack of control, feelings of helplessness, betrayal, rejection, and/or repeated violations of boundaries can also result in trauma.

When trauma is left untreated over time, it can become debilitating to mental health and often may result in substance use.

Symptoms of Trauma

People who have experienced trauma may feel:

  • Rage
  • Betrayal
  • Powerlessness
  • An inability to trust self or others
  • A need to be on constant high alert for danger
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Chronic fear
  • Feeling out of control
  • Overwhelming sense of shame

Trauma Treatment at Caron

We want to help you overcome addiction and trauma symptoms so that you can live your best life. Every Caron treatment program begins with a comprehensive assessment. Based on the assessment and the patient’s readiness, the treatment team determines a specific treatment plan with therapies to meet each patient's needs, including trauma treatment if indicated.

Caron Renaissance

The modalities used at Caron Renaissance to treat trauma include:

  • Prolonged exposure therapy (PET), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that helps to decrease symptoms
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to deal with and decrease the trauma symptoms the patient experiences
  • Neurofeedback, a brain-based therapy that gives patients a way to regulate dysfunctional activity and reinforce healthy brain function

The treatment team may also recommend complementary, holistic therapies such as:

  • Mindfulness meditation to manage stress, sleep better, and reduce chronic pain
  • Yoga to practice self-care and healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety, gain self-awareness, and stay centered
  • Breathwork to release tension, energize the body, restore sleep, and bring about optimal brainwave states
  • Physical activity to release tension and bring more energy to the body to aid the healing process

Caron Ocean Drive

Trauma-informed practices at Ocean Drive include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help change distorted thinking patterns
  • Emotional freedom technique, a research-based intervention that can regulate the autonomic nervous system, which triggers the body’s fight, flight, or freeze response
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to reduce the impact of the traumatic memories and the emotions associated with them
  • Narrative therapy, which uses stories as a way to help patients identify and harness their strengths to resolve issues
  • Safe and Sound Protocol to help regulate the nervous system
  • Trauma group therapy and peer support to process trauma, work on issues such as family of origin and generational themes that affect trauma, and gain validation.

Along with mindful meditation, yoga, and breathwork, Caron Ocean Drive offers these holistic therapies:

  • Acupuncture to treat discomfort associated with chronic pain, detox, and healing from substance use disorders
  • Therapeutic massage to optimize pain management, release tension, and restore self-awareness and spiritual well-being
  • Energy work, based on therapeutic techniques from Eastern traditions such as reiki and chakra psychology, to cultivate balance and self-healing
  • Equine therapy to build connections, practice new behaviors and mindfulness, and improve self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Somatic therapy to identify troubling issues or memories, track sensations and emotions, and safely release them

Caron Pennsylvania

The therapies used will depend on your symptoms and needs. Those therapies may include:

  • Evidence-based treatments, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT), to address PTSD and trauma symptoms
  • Specialty cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) groups to address coping skills for anxiety and depression
  • Yoga to provide a safe and gentle way to relearn how to be “in” your body and explore how that feels
  • Mindfulness meditation to manage stress, reduce chronic pain, and sleep better
  • Neurofeedback, a noninvasive therapeutic intervention that can reinforce recovery and help to manage moods and emotions


Caron’s trauma specialists will work with your treatment team to develop an aftercare plan of therapy and other resources that build upon the foundation and success you achieved during treatment.


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