Trauma and Post-Traumatic

Stress Disorder Treatment

Orange County Residential Trauma Treatment Center


Trauma can be caused by a single extreme experience or a recurring series of events.  These traumatic instances are difficult to process.  The experience can leave a person feeling helpless or out of control emotionally.  These feelings can grow into anxiety and leave a person feeling numb and disconnected from their life.  Often, people who experience traumatic events in their lives have a hard time trusting others.  They feel overwhelmed and threatened by their surroundings.  Some people who have experienced trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Though post-traumatic stress disorder is most commonly linked with the military and other dangerous occupations, it can occur in anyone who is overwhelmed by an extreme experience.  Whether you have experienced a trauma or have PTSD, feelings of fear and heightened stress are common. In addition, the nature of trauma makes co-occurring substance abuse or behavioral health disorders quite common.

D’Amore Healthcare is a dual-diagnosis mental health treatment facility.  We are Joint Commission accredited, and California State licensed to address trauma and PTSD.  We also specialize in treating any complications that may arise from trauma disorder or PTSD.  We take your entire medical, environmental, genetic, nutritional, and psychological history into consideration and use that information to create a personalized treatment program.  Our professional and compassionate staff will guide you through the treatment modalities best suited for your needs.  These therapeutic methods range from individual and group sessions to our signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program.

We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you take those first steps on the path to recovery from trauma or PTSD.  D’Amore Healthcare is a Mental Health Treatment Center located in the friendly coastal community of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California.


One of the symptoms of trauma and PTSD is the feeling that the world is not safe. D’Amore Healthcare offers a safe, comfortable space to work on recovery.  At our nationally-recognized mental health treatment facility, you can begin to learn the coping mechanisms needed to overcome trauma or PTSD.

When you attend our Orange County Mental Health Center, you remove yourself from the triggers and stresses of day to day life.  At D’Amore, you will have the opportunity to put yourself in a position to learn valuable techniques from our customized, evidence-based trauma treatment program.  Additionally, you can build relationships with other people who have lived through similar experiences.  By learning from each others’ experience and strength, you can better equip yourself for the long journey ahead.  Once you’ve joined a community of fellow travelers on the path to mental wellness, you’ll learn to build a support system to get you through challenging times.  At D’Amore, our professional staff and compassionate clinicians will be with you every step of the way.  Together we will build the foundation for a life of authenticity and abundance.


D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization, and residential treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Traumatic experiences are often related to an existential threat to your life or safety. However, any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma. Trauma is not just the result of physical harm. In fact, it’s not the event itself that determines whether an event is traumatic. Your emotional experience of the event is what causes trauma. The more afraid and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to experience trauma.

We offer the following treatment modalities for those suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strategic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Our “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Strategic Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Integrative Functional Medicine
  • Reality Therapy


Many of us experience trauma at some point in our lives.  It is normal to feel scared after an extreme or traumatic event.  Fear is a defense mechanism that enables the body to respond and protect itself in extreme situations.  Those suffering from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder feel scared or aggressive in response to an event that has long passed.  These individuals can be driven to fear by “triggers” only somewhat related to the event.  For example, the smell of a particular food may be triggering if a person ate that food right before a horrific car crash.  Trauma or PTSD that is left unprocessed can have disastrous consequences for the individuals who suffer from them.

Trauma is an extreme event that negatively impacts one’s life and falls outside the scope of an everyday experience. These events can range from the horror of war and rape to the death of a loved one or moving to a new state. Trauma is, by nature, overwhelming, and it is often difficult for an individual to come to terms with these experiences. If the traumatic event is extreme enough, or if it occurs repeatedly, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a result.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition afflicting approximately 3.5% of Americans in any given year. It generally results after experiencing the horrors of an extreme situation, such as war or rape, but can occur after any type of trauma, especially if the event is repeated. There is an extremely high comorbidity of PTSD with other mental health disorders (higher than 80%), with the most common being depression and substance abuse. Furthermore, there is an increased risk of suicide as 27% of individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD have also attempted suicide.


Thinking about a traumatic event, some sleeplessness and lack of focus, and feeling a little sad or uncomfortable are all normal responses to trauma. For many individuals, these symptoms will lessen over time. For some, however, the reactions are more extreme and may last for quite some time.  We all react to trauma differently.  People can experience a variety of physical and emotional responses to traumatic events. There is no correct or incorrect way to feel about a traumatic experience, but you can learn to change the way you think about and react to these feelings.

Here are some signs that an individual who has suffered a traumatic event may be having trouble coping:

  • Excessive worrying and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Terrors
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Avoiding places or people that trigger memories of the event
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Fatigue
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Anger
  • Denial or guilt
  • Isolating
  • Edginess and agitation
  • Feeling numb or disconnected


Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms typically start a month after a traumatic event.   However, sometimes, symptoms don’t surface until years after the experience. These symptoms cause severe problems in a person’s life.  These symptoms may affect a person’s ability to function normally at work, in a relationship, or in a social setting.  PTSD symptoms typically fall into four main categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in mood, and changes in emotional reactions. 

The following symptoms are experienced, to some degree, by a majority of people at some point in their lives.  However, those with PTSD suffer from all or most of these symptoms consistently for a month or more:

  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Nightmares
  • Terrors
  • Avoiding people or places that are reminders of the event
  • “Blocking out” thoughts or feelings related to the event
  • Heightened startle response
  • Edginess
  • Insomnia
  • Anger or irritability
  • Difficulty remembering key features of the event
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Unexplainable or irrational guilt or blame
  • Diminished or complete loss of pleasure in activities

Trauma can be managed, but if left untreated, it can lead to much more serious conditions requiring medical attention. In addition to the strain on an individual’s quality of life, the exceptionally high comorbidity rate and increased risk of suicide make post-traumatic stress disorder a very serious mental health condition.

If you or someone you love is suffering from trauma or PTSD, please seek professional treatment as soon as possible.

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