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Beachway takes a holistic approach to trauma therapy. By combining our serene setting with trauma therapy in West Palm Beach, we create an environment conducive to healing through individual and group therapies. We combine evidence-based therapies with community support and access to nature to help patients overcome their traumas and reintegrate with the world from a happier, healthier perspective.
Traumatic events are any experiences that cause significant emotional, psychological, or physical harm, such as abuse, natural disasters, suddenly losing a loved one, or witnessing a violent event. These traumas can be devastating for those who experience them, and no two people experience trauma the same way. That’s why Beachway addresses each person’s unique trauma with individualized treatment plans led by compassionate therapists.

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How Beachway Treats Trauma in Florida

Beachway’s Trauma Resolution Program, operated in our trauma rehab in Florida, treats the symptoms left behind by the legacy of trauma. These symptoms are left over from adverse, less-than-nurturing experiences and hinder a person’s ability to connect with themselves — and others — in meaningful, safe, and kind ways.

Our trauma groups meet three times per week for a total of at least 10 hours of trauma group therapy per week — which doesn’t include time with an individual primary therapist or other trauma-centered groups. Trauma participants remain in this program for 4 to 6 weeks, and most admitting participants require a stabilization period of 1-2 weeks before admission. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the individuals entering the program — and those already in the trauma groups. We believe trauma doesn’t heal in solitude and that the power of the group can assist with compassion, empathy, and connection.

Beachway’s Trauma Team uses trauma resolution-based assignments, psychodrama, experiential techniques, psychoeducation, challenging a person’s behaviors that are no longer serving them, somatic healing, and other diverse, evidenced-based trauma therapy modalities.

We assist and guide individuals toward finding a path of healing, integration, and whole-hearted connection with themselves and others. Beachway believes every person’s trauma experience is unique, and so is their treatment experience. Whether trauma processing occurs in a group setting and/or through individual therapeutic practices, each individual journey is guided by an experienced team of trauma-trained professionals.

Research has shown that individuals who don’t work through their experienced traumas through both body and mind treatment models will continue to struggle with not fully understanding what has happened and what’s still perpetuating the lack of feeling connected to themselves and others.

Something we consider and observe in our trauma clients is that as the trauma unfolds, the behaviors will make sense. We help individuals gain an understanding that substance abuse, sex and love addiction, the emotional void or emotion-seeking partnerships, lack of romantic desires, feelings of being unloved and not good enough, dysregulated nervous systems, negative core beliefs, extreme bouts of anxiety, depressive-like symptoms, PTSD, and other process addictions and behaviors that hinder them feeling whole-hearted and connected are quite literally killing them from the inside

Advanced Trauma Recovery Techniques in West Palm Beach

We use several proven holistic techniques to assist with trauma processing and recovery, including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a technique that involves moving your eyes in certain ways while processing traumatic memories. This type of therapy involves changing the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors resulting from trauma to help your brain heal naturally. It’s one of the best ways to process trauma and is used extensively for those with PTSD.
  • Psychodrama: Psychodrama therapy allows individuals to express their emotions in a safe environment by creating a dramatic production. Participants reenact memories of the moment when the trauma occurred to encourage emotional processing and insight.
  • Art Therapy: Artistic expression allows individuals to process deep emotions. Art therapy combines psychotherapy with self-expression and exploration to help individuals express things they may struggle to say out loud.
  • Somatic Breathwork: This holistic practice makes use of the connection between the mind and body through breath. By engaging in breathing exercises, individuals become empowered to reduce stress and encourage emotional healing.
  • Equine Therapy: Equine therapy involves working with horses in therapeutic settings. It can help build emotional awareness, confidence, self-respect and self-esteem, and trust. By spending time and building a relationship with horses, individuals can also reduce the sense of loneliness or isolation without having to build relationships with other people until they become more confident.

Regardless of a patient’s past experiences or which therapies they enter, each person gets an individualized plan. Therapists at Beachway assess each patient, allowing them to tailor therapies to specifically address their unique history and trauma.

Psychoeducational opportunities, such as workshops, introduce patients to the science behind their reactions and experiences. Participants learn more about common trauma responses and how it impacts the brain and body.

Although thought of as separate, the mind and body are two parts of the same coin. They can become stuck in the “there and then” instead of focusing on the “here and now.” Becoming aware of this and the connection between the mind and body helps people heal by letting them explore themselves and the world around them. As they become curious, they can safely explore the past. Techniques that engage the body, such as somatic breathwork or polyvagal-informed techniques, help patients slowly become unstuck in the past and embrace the present moment.

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Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Trauma Treatment

Trauma often co-occurs with other conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Because of this, Beachway integrates trauma therapy with mental health treatment, allowing for a holistic approach to an individual’s mental health. Several strategies help achieve this.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of practical talk therapy that emphasizes changing thought patterns to alter behavior and emotions. By developing new coping mechanisms to handle difficult thoughts and feelings, individuals become empowered to take back control over their minds. It’s effective in treating a range of mental health problems and can also help process trauma.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another type of talk therapy that can help treat both mental health disorders and trauma. It uses mindfulness and acceptance to uncover the root causes of mental health issues and create healthier thoughts and behaviors.

Beachway’s multidisciplinary team approach integrates medical and therapeutic support by bringing psychologists, psychiatrists, and specialized nurses into an individual’s treatment. Sometimes, medication management may be necessary to treat underlying conditions and facilitate healing from trauma.

In some cases, a trauma patient may arrive at the program with a substance abuse disorder. In these instances, it’s necessary to treat the underlying addiction so the patient can truly process their trauma. This approach helps prepare patients to tolerate unwanted emotions or sensations that may have been triggering for them in the past. While sober, patients may be more capable of understanding their past and how it influences their current state.


Supporting Families and Loved Ones During Trauma Rehab

Trauma doesn’t only affect the individual who experienced it. It can often carry over to their loved ones and family members. Beachway integrates family therapy sessions into the treatment plan to educate family members about trauma and how it may affect the patient. These sessions help family members develop better support mechanisms for their loved ones. This process often includes workshops and seminars, teaching tools, and communication and emotional support strategies.

Other resources can help family members cope during this difficult time, such as family counseling services, family support groups, and access to extensive educational materials that explain the complexity of trauma and its overarching effects. As a result, families can better support a loved one who has experienced trauma, even outside of Beachway’s clinical setting.


Trauma Training and Expertise of Beachway's Staff

Treating trauma requires specialized training to improve clinical effectiveness. All Beachway therapists and clinical staff must either be certified in trauma treatment or receive extensive ongoing training. This allows them to remain informed on the latest techniques in trauma psychology.

More specifically, many of our team members are Certified Trauma Therapists, requiring them to complete rigorous ongoing training to maintain their qualifications. Beyond that, regular training programs, such as annual seminars, workshops on psychotherapeutic techniques, and peer review sessions, ensure our team is constantly improving and remains up-to-date on the best practices for trauma treatment.


Structured Phases of Trauma Recovery at Beachway

Trauma recovery patients at Beachway undergo three phases of treatment. Each phase has a different objective and activities to achieve it. This triphasic trauma treatment approach includes the following:

  • Phase 1: This phase emphasizes safety, resourcing, and stabilization. It begins with full medical and clinical evaluations to develop a safe therapeutic relationship with clients. Our staff understands that while exploring old wounds, patients may act out or engage in behaviors that don’t help them. During Phase 1, patients learn a range of grounding skills, emotional regulation tools, and gentle somatic awareness skills that can assist them in processing their trauma. By establishing and maintaining safety and stabilization, individuals prepare for Phase 2.
  • Phase 2: Phase 2 focuses on trauma reprocessing to help individuals come to terms with what they’ve experienced and how to cope with it. It integrates techniques such as EMDR and trauma-focused CBT.
  • Phase 3: During Phase 3, patients integrate and reconnect with society at large while utilizing the coping strategies they’ve learned.


While treatment plans follow these three phases, how they get through each one varies based on the individual patient. Ongoing assessments allow for care plans to be altered as needed to ensure personalized progression and adaptability. After all, trauma recovery, like the trauma experienced, isn’t always the same.

In cases where trauma care integrates with mental health and addiction recovery programs, additional flexibility may be needed. However, by aligning both trauma recovery and dual diagnosis recovery, patients often see much more effective results


The Healing Environment at Beachway: Fostering Recovery Through Tranquility in Florida

Beachway’s luxury facility provides a comfortable, therapeutic environment to encourage healing. This is partly achieved through the unique features of our facility, such as proximity to the beach and the comfortable South Florida weather. Private spaces and quiet areas provide serene environments ideal for reflection and processing.

Beyond peaceful places for alone time in our trauma treatment center in Florida, group therapy sessions and community meetings encourage patients to develop a supportive peer network that can enhance treatment. Patients are encouraged to share their experiences and coping strategies that work for them, which can help other participants learn. Bringing patients together with others on a similar healing journey helps them feel validated and supported through empathy and collaboration.


Explore Your Path to Healing From Trauma With Beachway

Beachway’s comprehensive approach to healing from trauma emphasizes customized, patient-centered therapies. By combining these with skilled staff members and the latest scientific research, each patient receives compassionate care designed to help them process, cope, and learn to look toward a better future.

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Trauma Therapy in West Palm Beach Awaits

The journey to trauma recovery can be long and arduous, but it doesn’t have to be done alone. With the help of a team of compassionate providers, a better tomorrow awaits.
To join our journey to recovery, contact us today.