The Tragedy of Unreported Rapes and Unacknowledged Rape Victims

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What is the Definition of a Rape? According to the US Department of Justice rape is legally defined as: “an act of penile-vaginal intercourse by force and without consent. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.” Understanding and accepting this broad definition of rape can help victims overcome myths about rape that may […]

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Coping with Trauma

By: Danna Olinick, CMHC and Assistant Clinical Director When someone you love has experienced trauma, you can feel helpless, not knowing how to be supportive.  It can feel like your world has turned upside down and you just want things to go back to normal.  Trauma can be anything from the death of a loved […]

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Depressed? Anxious? Suffering from PTSD? There’s an App for that!

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Anxiety, Depression, Electronics, Therapeutic/Clinical, Trauma & PTSD | app mobile therapist therapy 0 Comments

Regardless of the fact that great progress is being made in the area of tech-based therapies, my own policy regarding psycho-therapeutic technology is to proceed with curiosity…and caution.

For now, the only therapist I’ll stick in my own pocket or recommend to others is one who promises little things. Like a little help going to sleep, or some organizational assistance to help manage ADHD.

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Parenting through Sexual Trauma

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The key contribution parents can make when their child is in treatment is to provide understanding and support, even as they work through their own painful emotions. This is a challenge, of course, and means that parents must engage their own therapeutic work in order to be able to help their daughter.

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PTSD and Brain Research for Teen Trauma Victims

With adolescent trauma victims and their families, therapist Brad Rentfro, LPC, is using new brain research to great effect. Since neural pathways can actually be re-routed, says Rentfro, PTSD patients can literally change how their brains process both old and new situations.

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Parenting a Trauma Victim

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Tips for Families, Trauma & PTSD | parenting post traumatic stress disorder PTSD trauma 0 Comments

When an adolescent experiences symptoms of post-traumatic stress, it’s not unusual for her parents to feel confused and suspicious. That’s because it’s incredibly painful for a parent to know that their child has been so deeply wounded. In fact, it can be so difficult to process a child’s trauma that the parent may unwittingly minimize and deny—it’s just too much to take in.

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What is PTSD?

Many teenagers in treatment are being diagnosed with a disorder once associated primarily with soldiers returning from war. Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is now known to affect not only soldiers, but anyone who has a strong, but unaddressed, emotional reaction to a highly disruptive situation. If you believe your teenage daughter may be struggling with a past trauma, the following may help you offer informed, compassionate support as she heals.

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The Adoption Cluster: Abandonment, Attachment and Trauma in Teens

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Attachment, Trauma & PTSD | abandonment adoption attachment RAD reactive attachment disorder teens treatment 0 Comments

We’re finding that adopted kids often struggle with attachment—the ability to connect effectively with others and form sustainable “attached” relationships. We now know that a child’s attachment to her mother starts in the womb, so even a child adopted at birth can experience severe attachment disruption later on in life.

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Working with Victims of Abuse

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In treating victims of abuse, the therapist’s first job is to develop a relationship where there is love, safety and trust

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