Residential Trauma Treatment for Women in San Diego

Compassionate Residential Trauma Treatment Center for Women in San Diego

Helix Treatment Centers provides a safe, intimate environment for healing. Our luxury residence is nestled in the beautiful hills of the Mt. Helix neighborhood of San Diego. Our licensed facility is San Diego's premier gender-specific residential trauma treatment center. Helix Treatment Centers balances the best of evidence-based trauma-informed programming with transformative therapies to create lasting change, individualized to fit the needs of every Client.

Learn More about Trauma Treatment at Helix Treatment Centers in San Diego

Trauma for women can trigger a lot of fear in the present, and getting care among a small group of other women can feel more safe. Here at our residential trauma treatment center in San Diego, you can relax, feel comfortable, and focus on your journey.

Located just 20 minutes from the coast, our warm and luxurious accommodations provide what we believe to be the ideal place for healing. Our two-acre estate is surrounded by beautiful trees and foliage, which offers a private, serene environment to work on personal improvement.

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. Our 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.

Why Consider Treatment for Trauma at Helix Treatment Centers in San Diego

Gender-Specific Treatment

Helix offers gender-specific treatment for women because it produces excellent results. Recovery from trauma requires diligence, determination, and a true commitment to healing, along with expert assistance that guides, motivates, and nurtures, even as it teaches.

Luxury San Diego Location

Our licensed facility is a magnificent 6-bed residence nestled on a tranquil estate in the hills of San Diego. We provide residential trauma treatment for women in Southern California in a safe, compassionate environment.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Some of the conditions that commonly occur in conjunction with trauma include anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. When you come to Helix, your treatment will be customized to make sure all existing conditions are acknowledged and treated, which is necessary if you are to achieve lasting recovery.

World-Class Clinical Staff

At Helix, our exceptionally trained and compassionate clinical team will craft an individualized program that includes intensive individual and group therapies. To complement therapy, antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication may be prescribed for symptoms of depression, panic, and anxiety, all of which frequently accompany trauma disorders. You will be introduced to mind-body healing therapies as well, which will enhance your efforts to achieve greater self-control and peace of mind.

Helping a Loved One Get Treatment for Trauma

As your wife, daughter, sister, or other loved one moves through the treatment process, you may experience a range of emotions and behaviors, and may even find it difficult to respond in ways that allow the therapeutic work to be effective. Here are some guidelines for providing meaningful support throughout your loved one’s treatment process:

  • Encourage and Support. The decision to come to treatment can be difficult. Treatment for trauma in a safe, intimate residential environment can help your loved one move forward in their lives and begin to heal. Support your loved one by helping her to prepare for her stay. Give her as much space or as much of your time as she needs.
  • Resist Rescuing. Clients may experience the decision to seek residential treatment as abandonment and react with anger toward and resentment of their family members. The desire to relieve your loved one of immediate suffering is a natural reaction. However, we urge you to not make promises of discharging them early to ease the situation. Their response is normal and usually subsides quickly as they begin to feel a sense of belonging and purpose in treatment.
  • Establish Boundaries and Redirect Anger. Your loved one is going through an intensely emotional process to deal with deep-rooted suffering and may lash out at those closest to them. The most loving thing you can do is set and hold boundaries to protect both of you and direct them back to their treatment team, who can help them process their feelings and learn how to cope in healthy ways.
  • Let Treatment Work. The vital emotional work your loved one is doing may trigger a desire to find relief in the familiarity of self-destructive behaviors. Families may interpret this as a sign that treatment is not effective and contemplate removing their loved one from the program. In fact, this stage is a common part of the healing process and its imperative that your family member completes the therapeutic work they have begun so they can move toward disrupting destructive patterns of behavior and continue to develop the internal resources to appropriately deal with overwhelming emotions and impulsive behaviors.
  • Don’t Take the Blame. Families often feel a sense of guilt and responsibility for their loved one’s distress. You are not to blame for your loved one’s mental health disorder–neither is she–and accepting blame is counterproductive to her therapeutic process. In time, she will form a more nuanced, accurate understanding of her distress.
  • Visiting Your Wife/Daughter/Sister/Loved One in Trauma Treatment. Despite physical separation, you can be in contact with your loved one throughout her stay through phone and email. We also invite you to visit on weekends during our normal visiting hours.
  • Supporting Your Loved One After Residential Treatment for Trauma. As the residential portion of treatment draws to a close, we will work hand-in-hand with you to create an aftercare plan for a successful transition back home. Helix can refer you to any resources you may need–and we are always available to support you and your loved one.

Begin Your Recovery Journey.


Types of Trauma Treatment Offered at Helix Treatment Centers in San Diego

Women who share a history of trauma understand the pervasive nature of its impact. This makes group therapy and other peer interactions especially informative and enlightening and may be one of the best reasons to choose residential trauma treatment in San Diego.

Your comprehensive treatment program for trauma at Helix will include a mixture of evidence-based treatment modalities, which will be implemented in both group and individual sessions. Some of these options include:

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

Lasting Change for a Better Life

The ultimate goal of seeking residential trauma treatment in San Diego is to help you live a better life. What you can achieve in an intimate setting limited to women is the ability to manage your own mental health and make changes to improve all aspects of your life. Our clients go home from trauma treatment prepared to do just that—to make lasting, positive changes.