What is trauma informed care, and why do I choose to provide it?
I believe trauma-informed care is a crucial aspect of providing support and services to individuals who have experienced traumatic events. As a healthcare professional, I have seen firsthand the impact that trauma can have on a person's physical, emotional, and mental well-being. That's why I believe that it is essential to understand the concept of trauma-informed care and implement it in my practice.
Trauma can take many forms, from abuse, to natural disasters, growing up in a difficult environment, or witnessing a traumatic event . It can have long-lasting effects on a person's health and well-being. Trauma can lead to physical health problems such as chronic pain, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Trauma-informed care is a way of providing support and services to individuals who have experienced trauma that recognizes the impact that trauma can have on a person's life. It is an approach that is grounded in the understanding that trauma is not just an individual problem but a societal one, and that it affects not just the person who experienced the trauma but also their families and communities, their health and wellbeing.
Trauma-informed care involves creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals who have experienced trauma. It means that trauma informed healthcare providers, like myself, are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and understand how to respond appropriately. It also means that healthcare providers are aware of the potential triggers that can cause a person to re-experience their trauma and work to minimize these triggers.
One of the key principles of trauma-informed care is that it is person-centered. This means that the focus is on the individual and their needs, rather than on their diagnosis or the treatment plan. It also means that the healthcare provider works in partnership with the person to develop a treatment and treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs.
Applying these principals to my practice was very important to me. As a Massage Therapist I am very aware of the power dynamic imbalance between Massage Therapists and their clients. The Massage Therapist holds a position of authority and expertise, while the client may feel vulnerable, or rely on the therapist for pain relief. This power imbalance can be further exacerbated if the client has a history of trauma, as they may be uncomfortable with being touched, more susceptible to feeling controlled or re-traumatized during the massage session. I strive to create a safe space and welcoming environment for clients to come and take a break from the everyday.