Trauma Treatment Center

Residential Trauma Treatment Program

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Types of Trauma | PTSD Symptoms | PTSD Treatment Options

Corner Canyon Recovery’s residential trauma treatment program is trauma-informed and trauma-focused, meaning that all elements of the program are designed to make the client feel emotionally and physically safe in addition to effective treatment, and providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The setting, programming, and staff/client interactions are all implemented with the client’s physical and emotional comfort and safety in mind. Our trauma treatment center is completely non-punitive, meaning that clients are not written up or given a consequence for breaking rules, rather we process these kinds of behaviors clinically. We utilize Seeking Safety to establish an emotionally safe environment so that our Trauma Specific Modalities for trauma care at Corner Canyon Recovery are effective.

Types of Trauma

Trauma is defined as any type of damage to the mind, body, and emotions as a result of an overwhelming, severely distressing event or events in life. Simple trauma is one event, and complex trauma is multiple episodes of trauma.  Further studies of traumatic stress show that trauma is now representative of two types of trauma: “Big T” and “Small t” trauma. Before these were differentiated, trauma was only thought of as Big T trauma.

Little t Trauma – Little t traumas are not always life-threatening events, but are often events that exceed our emotional capacity. These events may include repetitive, non-isolated occurrences such as being bullied, called names, or humiliated. Little t trauma may also be tied to extremely stressful life events such as starting a new job, divorce, financial trouble, or having a child.

Big T Trauma – Big T traumas are significant, devastating, and often isolated incidents. These events may include natural disasters, sexual assault, car accidents, robbery, or war. Due to the distressing nature of these experiences, survivors can be left feeling helpless and experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD symptoms are different for everyone, but the most common symptoms include:

  • Reliving the event
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Having more negative beliefs and feelings.
  • Hyperarousal (feeling keyed up)
  • Feelings of shame, hopelessness, or despair
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Drug or drinking problems
  • Physical symptoms and/or chronic pain
  • Work problems
  • Relationship problems

PTSD can be successfully treated at Corner Canyon’s inpatient trauma treatment center. Our clinicians are trained in multiple research-based treatments, and we have seen improvements among our patients through these treatment methods.


PTSD Treatment Options


Corner Canyon Recovery is an Inpatient EMDR treatment center that specializes in treating trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting, which builds on EMDR and shortens the therapy process. Brainspotting in addition to Brain Balancing, assesses problem areas and uses mild electrical stimulation to restore neurotransmitter communication between brain/brain and brain/body cells. EMDR and Brain-spotting, are most effective in an emotionally safe environment and facilitated by certified Therapists.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, the therapist asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in their mind and use their eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. This is believed to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which means internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.

 In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. Unlike traditional talk therapy, clients gain insight from their own accelerated intellectual and emotional process and not as much from clinician interpretation. The overall effect is that clients conclude the treatment feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all indicators of emotional health and resolution.


Trained brainspotting therapists use a pointer to slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find related “brainspots,” with a brainspot being an eye position that activates a painful emotion or traumatic memory. Therapists who use the procedure believe it allows therapists to access emotions on a deeper level than other therapies and target the stored effects of trauma. There is increasing evidence that trauma is “stored” in the body and that it can alter the way the brain works and compromise its efficacy.

Neuro Enhancement Brain Technology

Corner Canyon’s brain technology completely assesses the brain, and once problem areas are identified, structured and mild electrical impulses are delivered non-invasively to help heal the brain, develop healthy new neural pathways, and balance neurotransmitters, hormones, and other elements critical to optimal functioning. Clients with anxiety, depression, and other PTSD issues report significant improvement and restoration to more normal states. Clients are sleeping more and deeper within a week, it’s usually the first change they notice. Clients also report being able to focus more clearly on the information presented in programming, leading to better understanding and treatment outcomes.

Stellate Ganglion Block

SGB focuses on the part of a client’s sympathetic nervous system, the stellate ganglion, that regulates the physiological reactions like “Fight or Flight” people experience in response to trauma. Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) shots rapidly improve PTSD symptoms so that clients can access other treatment modalities more quickly and effectively and build skills to improve outcomes in residential treatment.  It also alleviates long term effects like flashbacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and inability to function normally..

SGB has been used for several years as treatment for complex pain symptoms that affect the head, face, neck and arms. The treatment is performed by a certified medical doctor, usually an anesthesiologist, using x-ray or ultrasound imaging to guide a needle into a bundle of nerves located near the base of the neck. A long acting anesthetic is then injected into the nerve tissue. The anesthetic effects of the procedure can last for several weeks or potentially longer.  Current protocol is 2 shots, 6 weeks apart, with follow up shots as needed.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed to help clients who have trauma,  personality and mood disorders, and  behavior patterns that are not helpful, such as substance abuse, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. This approach works by helping clients increase their cognitive and emotional regulation by observing triggers that lead to reactive states while helping them assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while avoiding negative reactions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps change harmful attitudes and behaviors which can lead to addiction. CBT is goal-oriented, short-term, hands-on, and logical. The goal is to create healthy thinking and behavior patterns so that they become intuitive patterns in the client’s minds and bodies. CBT is a popular treatment because it is very short-term, but the results last a lifetime.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy is the therapeutic interpretation of emotional and mental processes.  The primary goals of psychodynamic therapy are to enhance the client’s self-awareness and increase their understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in relation to their past experiences, especially their experiences as a child (Haggerty, 2016). This is accomplished by the therapist guiding the client through the examination of unresolved conflicts and significant events in the client’s past, gaining an understanding of how these patterns came to be in order to deal with them.

“In contrast [to behavioral therapy], dynamic psychotherapy, which facilitates a patient’s rewriting of his life narrative, his picture of himself, his past, present, and future, seems uniquely positioned to address the depth of a individual’s experience.” – Richard F. Summers

Family and Group Therapy

Group Therapy has been proven to be the most effective therapy intervention, followed by Family Therapy, and last by Individual Therapy. Corner Canyon Recovery utilizes group therapy to effect change and help clients form lasting connections. The effectiveness of group therapy in the treatment of substance abuse can be attributed to the nature of addiction and several factors associated with it, including depression and anxiety, isolation, denial, shame, temporary cognitive impairment, and character pathology (personality disorder, structural deficits, or an unintegrated sense of self).

Inpatient Residential Treatment

Our residential trauma treatment program is trauma-focused, meaning that all elements of the program are designed to make the client feel emotionally and physically safe in addition to effective treatment. The setting, programming, and staff/client interactions are all implemented with the client’s emotional comfort and safety in mind. Our trauma treatment center is completely non-punitive, meaning that clients are not written up or given a consequence for breaking rules, rather we process these kinds of behaviors clinically. Individual consequences may follow repeated rule violations, and will often be creative and strategic, designed by the therapists to address the specific behavior.  We utilize trauma informed training to establish an emotionally safe environment so that our Trauma Specific Modalities for trauma care at Corner Canyon Recovery are effective.

Trauma Informed Care

Corner Canyon maintains a safe physical and emotional environment, which is the first pillar of effective trauma treatment.  Connection is next, and our personnel are interested and invested in our clients.  In addition to all the therapeutic processing they hang out, talk to them, play with them, and support them, including teaching and modeling assertive communication to work through issues and concerns regarding trauma and other issues. If feedback is necessary, it is delivered gently and with care.  Managing emotions is third, and in addition to the therapeutic modalities we use, our phasework contains many skill building assignments, and there are ongoing assertive communication opportunities to practice managing emotions in interactions with other people.  

What does Trauma Focused Really Mean?

TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a version of CBT that addresses the specific mental and emotional health needs of clients and their families who are struggling to manage the destructive effects of early trauma.   

CBT typically includes:

  • Exposure to approximations of the trauma, for example talking about, drawing about, and writing about the trauma, experiencing psychodrama in which the traumatic event is played out and processed therapeutically, revisiting locations of trauma if possible, and any other exposure that can be created while still keeping the client safe.
  • Identifying and challenging unhealthy or distorted trauma-related thoughts
  • Teaching anxiety management techniques such as relaxation or assertiveness training.
  • Educating clients about PTSD

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Trauma and PTSD Treatment Center

A woman recovered from trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a frequent outcome of trauma.  PTSD symptoms usually start quickly after the traumatic event, but they also may not appear until much later. In addition, they may come and go. If the symptoms last for more than four weeks, cause a lot of distress, or interfere with your home or work life, you may have PTSD.

Corner Canyon uses multiple modalities to treat PTSD, including EMDR, Brainspotting, SGB shots for rapid relief of PTSD symptoms, experiential therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and Neuro Enhancement Brain Technology, a technology-based brain intervention designed to effectively treat PTSD symptoms in addition to many other problems without medications.  Pre and post outcome studies indicate that clients with trauma symptoms experience a 51% reduction over the course of an average length of stay, this study was completed prior to adding SGB shots. Clients have reported better sleep with a significant reduction in nightmares, less anxiety and rumination, reduced startle reflex, and many other improvements in mental health.  Through these methods, we are able to treat various types of trauma and achieve positive results, helping clients feel and function better and preparing them for rebuilding healthy and happy lives.

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