Trauma is a widespread, harmful and costly public health problem. It occurs as a result of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, war and other emotionally harmful experiences.

It is an almost universal experience of people with mental and substance use disorders.  

The need to address trauma is increasingly viewed as an important component of effective behavioral health service delivery.

Research has also indicated that with appropriate supports and intervention, people can overcome traumatic experiences.

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.

At New Dawns  Counseling, our counselors are trauma-informed and realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recovery; recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with in our treatment system; and we respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.