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Residential Treatment for Childhood Trauma

Traumatic experiences in childhood have a ripple effect into adulthood, and women are at a greater risk of having these negative consequences. Female victims of childhood trauma benefit from expert, trauma-focused care in quiet, peaceful, and gender-specific settings. By the end of a stay here, women are prepared with the strategies needed to build a better life in spite of a traumatic past.

Childhood trauma occurs when a child goes through one or ongoing experiences that are frightening, life-threatening, violent, or dangerous. Witnessing experiences like these can also cause trauma for a child. Statistics indicate that more than two-thirds of children go through at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, which may include abuse, neglect, or witnessing violence.

While all children are vulnerable to trauma, because of higher rates of sexual assault girls are at particularly high risk for childhood traumatic experiences. And the repercussions of this are wide-ranging, serious, and long-lasting: mental illness, physical health problems, relationship difficulties, and more.

Because the experience of trauma in childhood has such a lasting and negative impact, it is important to seek trauma-specific professional help. We can give you a thorough diagnosis and provide the type of care that will help you process trauma and give you the tools to live a better life with trauma in your past.

Treatment for Childhood Trauma at Helix

There is no single set of symptoms or diagnostic criteria for trauma, because everyone who goes through these experiences has a different reaction and unique consequences. Your past may have triggered depression in adulthood, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, or even a dissociative disorder, a condition that causes you to lose touch with reality as a way of coping with bad memories.

This is why treatment for childhood trauma must be individualized and delivered by experts in trauma. At Helix, you can expect to be given a plan for treatment that addresses all of your needs: processing past traumas, treatment for existing mental and behavioral health conditions, medical and wellness care for better physical health, and social support with other women who have similar experiences.

Trauma is a focus of care at Helix, because it is the root of many mental illnesses and behavioral issues. We have experts on staff offering treatments specifically designed to help you face traumatic memories and learn how to cope with them safely and productively:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Childhood Trauma Treatment?

Our gender-specific treatment facility is nestled in the beautiful hills of San Diego. This peaceful, restorative setting is ideal for healing from trauma. Childhood trauma for women can trigger a lot of fear in the present, and getting care among a small group of other women feels and is safe. Here you can relax, feel comfortable, and focus on your journey.

Any treatment center may be able to help you, but if you experienced trauma in your past you will benefit most from a program with trauma at its center.

Not only does the Helix experience include tranquility, safety, and trauma expertise, but it also provides you the chance to heal in a group of like-minded women. This small community allows you to share with and benefit from other women who have also gone through trauma. The support of other women is powerful in the healing process.

What to Expect the First Day

Before you admit to our program, you’ll come to the facility for a tour to meet the staff and to undergo an assessment. This allows our staff to get to know you as a person, your needs, and your experiences. On day one in the facility, you will speak more with your psychiatrist in order to get a diagnosis of all mental health issues and to discuss your individualized treatment plan.

You will be given plenty of time to settle in and relax on the first day. You can explore the grounds and buildings, find out all the activities and services available, and get to know the other residents. You’ll find your room and rest until you’re ready to get started. Staff members are on hand around the clock, so that someone is ready to help you at any time if you need something and so you feel safe for the duration of your stay.

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Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

Above all, your experience at Helix will be one of peaceful healing. Trauma has plagued your past and present, but now it’s time to face it and to walk away stronger. The center of your treatment here will be trauma-focused therapy, where you work with a trained professional to face what happened to you as a child, recognize how it has affected you as an adult, and take steps to make positive changes.

To support that hard work, you’ll have plenty of time for individual reflection as well as time spent working with other women. In this small group of women, you have the chance to share your experience and learn from those of others. You’ll work toward healing as a tight-knit community.

Additionally, expect to benefit from alternative and creative therapies, wellness programs, healthy eating and exercise, mindfulness practices, and outdoor recreation. On weekends at Helix, enjoy more relaxed and fun activities, like hikes, movies, and cultural outings.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

The most important thing that Helix can offer you as a victim of childhood trauma is the opportunity to make major, positive changes you can take with you into the rest of your life. By working with experts, facing your past, and learning healthy ways to cope with its repercussions, you will learn how to build a better life from now and into the future.

This is the final goal of treatment for trauma and trauma-related mental illnesses. Your trauma won’t go away—your memories won’t disappear—but treatment can help you focus that past and change your future for the better.

Don’t let the effects of childhood trauma control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.