What Is Seeking Safety?
Seeking safety is an evidence-based therapy that’s used to help clients with their coping skills and to strengthen stabilization, especially for those dealing with the often co-occurring diagnoses of trauma and substance abuse.
Seeking safety treatment helps clients break out of cycles of codependent and damaging behaviors often brought on by co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. Seeking safety helps clients get their lives back by providing them with the skills to defeat those vicious cycles and by helping them make healthier choices.
How Does Seeking Safety Work?
- Safety: The main component of seeking safety is helping clients feel safe in their everyday lives, including in their relationships, thoughts, emotions, and behavioral choices.
- Dual Diagnosis/Integrated Treatment: Seeking safety simultaneously treats both PTSD and trauma symptoms as well as co-occurring drug or alcohol abuse.
- Focus On Ideals: Addiction and trauma can often lead to a sense of self loss. Seeking safety helps clients re-identify with their values and goals and helps them work towards reinstating them.
Our therapists focus on four main content areas with each client including cognitive (understanding of the situation), behavioral (choices), interpersonal (how they communicate with others), and case management (how they work with the therapist). These content areas are explored by helping clients set boundaries in relationships, cope with triggers, stay grounded, protect themselves from emotional pain, be honest with themselves, and learn to ask for help.