Find help for PTSD and recover from past traumas at our outpatient and residential treatment centers
Are you struggling with the effects of trauma? We are here to help.
Many people who come to SunCloud Health are facing the deep-seated effects of trauma experienced at some point in their lives. If you are dealing with a relatively recent trauma, deeply rooted trauma from early childhood or you are grappling with the painful disorder known as post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), rest assured that help is here. Intense, painful experiences can overwhelm our ability to cope with everyday life. These events trigger powerful thoughts, sensations, and feelings – and often leave us feeling fearful, anxious and sometimes, unable to carry on with our lives. Sometimes, people like you who’ve faced a traumatic event end up dealing with additional problems such as mood disorders, eating disorders or substance abuse disorder. We’re familiar with this pattern, and in fact, we’ve helped hundreds of men and women overcome the effects of trauma to lead happier, healthier lives.
A priceless definition of abstinence, by a former patient (shared with permission). All of us at SCH strive for this each and every day.
“Abstinence means waking up every day and dedicating myself to recovery.
Taking care of my body, mind and soul.
For my body, abstinence is avoiding toxic substances and eating nutritious foods to feel my body in a healthy way.
For my mind, abstinence means actively censoring my thoughts and effectively using my coping skills to manage stress and relieve anxiety.
For my soul, abstinence means truly being happy means that I make decisions that are consistent with my morals and values and take full responsibility for my choices.
That’s a very abundant definition of abstinence and not a definition I would in any way, shape or form associate with deprivation.”
“Supporting your desire to live free from self-destructive behavior as you embark on a life long journey of recovery. At SunCloud Health, we view unresolved trauma as the foundation of most self-destructive behaviors that people adopt in their lives. Stripping away the self-defense mechanisms we put in place to protect ourselves from the trauma is a core part of the work we do here.”
~ Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS
VIDEO: WE START TRAUMA WORK ON DAY 1
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, Medical Director, CEO and Co-Founder, discusses how SunCloud Health starts trauma work on day one and why consistency is key.
VIDEO: WE HAVE TO WORK ON THE TRAUMA
Dr. Marcia Nickow, PSY.D., CADC, CGP, Clinical Director and Organizational Advisor at SunCloud Health on the important role of trauma work.
Trauma Informed Treatment Programs
We often refer to SunCloud Health as a trauma-informed care center. This simply means we are aware that trauma lies at the heart of what many of our patients face. It means ensuring that everything we do takes into account the effects of trauma – from our treatment approach to our physical environment to the staff who support you while you are here.
VIDEO: TREATING UNDERLYING TRAUMA IS CRITICAL WHEN TREATING SELF DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, Medical Director, CEO and Co-Founder, discusses the key to effective trauma treatment.
VIDEO: IT’S HARD TO IGNORE THE LINK BETWEEN TRAUMA, PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND EATING BEHAVIORS.
Eleanor Annan, MD, on the link between trauma and eating disorder behaviors.
VIDEO: HOW IS TRAUMA RELATED TO ADDICTIONS AND EATING DISORDERS?
Dr. Marcia Nickow, PSY.D., CADC, CGP, Organizational and Senior Clinical Adviser at SunCloud Health, on how trauma is related to eating disorders and addiction, and how SunCloud incorporates it into our integrative treatment?
A Closer Look at Trauma and PTSD
Trauma comes in many forms. Here are some perspectives that will be helpful for you.
Discrete trauma relates to specific life events and memories of those events. For example, you may be struggling to overcome the effects of:
Rape or sexual abuse
Severe physical abuse
Unexpected death of a partner, relative or friend
Witnessing war or violence, including domestic violence
Chronic trauma comes from ongoing or recurring experiences such as:
Uncaring, cruel or invalidating parents, family members or caregivers
When the stress and anxiety from a traumatic event are chronic and cause significant life disruption, this may indicate that you’re suffering from PTSD. This disorder can be seen as an overwhelming of the body’s normal psychological defenses against stress. After the trauma, an abnormal function of the normal defense systems can develop, which brings on certain symptoms.
In addition to depression and substance use disorders, PTSD often happens along with (or co-occurs) with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating disorders and anxiety.
VIDEO: NAVIGATING RE-ENACTMENTS IN TREATING PATIENTS WITH TRAUMA, HOW TO AVOID PERPETUATING TRAUMA
Excerpt taken from the Land Mines and Booby Traps: Navigating Re-enactments in Treating Patients with Trauma, Special Presentation By Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, and Marcia Nickow, Psyd, CADC, CGP. The healing we can impart as clinicians come with a responsibility to both see and appropriately respond to re-enactments in therapeutic settings. It is on all of us in the professional community to build treatment settings that are healthy, safe, well-boundaried, at all levels of our organizations.
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How You Will Heal and Recover from PTSD
True transformation begins when you become aware of the trauma you’ve faced and the way you are responding to it. Being in a trauma-informed environment such as SunCloud Health – a place where you can feel completely safe – will allow you to be vulnerable and honest as you work with others in group and individual therapy.
As you become aware of the pain you have experienced and the coping strategies you’ve adopted as a result, the recovery process begins. You will find new and healthier ways of processing feelings and memories, which will gradually replace negative or self-destructive behaviors.
VIDEO: IN AND OUT OF TREATMENT SEVERAL TIMES WITH LITTLE SUCCESS?
Emily Long discusses how patients benefit from an integrative treatment approach and how that contributes to a more effective treatment experience at SunCloud Health.
What Does Trauma-Informed Treatment Look Like?
We focus on these key principles in creating the focus needed to help you or your loved one overcome the effects of trauma or PTSD.
Safety. Throughout the organization, our staff and the people they serve feel physically and psychologically safe. The physical setting is safe and interpersonal interactions promote a sense of safety.
Trustworthiness and transparency. Our programs and treatments are administered in an open manner to build and maintain trust among staff, clients, and family members of patients.
Collaboration and mutuality. We foster true partnering between staff and clients and among staff from direct care staff to administrators. We recognize that healing happens in the context of relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision-making.
Empowerment. This means that employees and clients are given the power to determine the course of treatment. Individual strengths are recognized, built on, and validated and new skills are developed as needed.
Voice and choice. We aim to strengthen staff, clients and family experience of choice and recognize that every person’s experience is unique and requires an individualized approach.
Peer support and mutual self-help. Encouraging individuals to help one another in the recovery process is key. This principle builds trust, establishes safety and fosters empowerment.
Resiliency and strengths-based approach. We believe in the resilience of individuals, organizations and communities to heal and promote recovery from trauma. We focus on building from strengths rather than responding to perceived deficits.
VIDEO: AS TREATMENT PROVIDERS AT SUNCLOUD HEALTH, WE TRY TO PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, Co-Founder and Medical Director at SunCloud Health, discusses how our treatment team strives to walk shoulder to shoulder with every patients through every step of the recovery process.
VIDEO: HOW DOES SUNCLOUD AVOID REENACTING AND/OR RETRAUMATIZING PATIENTS WHEN TREATING TRAUMA?
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, Co-Founder and Medical Director at SunCloud Health, discusses why it’s so crucial to approach treating trauma in a safe, informed way to avoid the harmful effects of reenacting and/or retraumatizing patients.
What Happens After Completing Trauma and PTSD Treatment at SunCloud?
SunCloud Health is in an ideal position to support you for as long as you agree our services are useful to you. With multiple levels of outpatient care (PHP, IOP, individual and family therapy), you may decide to stay connected through one of our aftercare outpatient groups – or you may want to continue seeing one of our individual therapists. We are here to provide continuous, caring support for your recovery journey.
Though we understand fully that you don’t want to spend your life in treatment, we also know from experience that a lifetime commitment to wellness is the foundation of your well-being over the long term. We will work with you to maintain a healthy outlook, which means achieving balance, honesty, and health — physical, emotional and spiritual. Our goal is to create a care plan that you can take with you forever, wherever you may go.
VIDEO: IS THERE HOPE FOR MY RECOVERY?
Dr. Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP shares her thoughts on hope for recovery at SunCloud Health.
Dr. Gabor Maté on Trauma
Early childhood stress (or trauma) results in adaptations that help a child survive in the short term but are the basis of pathology for physical illness and mental illness later on in life…
SunCloud’s reputation is one of the highest quality providers of integrative outpatient treatment in Chicago and the country. They did not disappoint me and cared for me with compassion and forgiveness. The program is highly individualized, and I had plenty of time with my therapist. I was treated medically, psychologically and spiritually by a well-trained, well-educated and highly experienced care team. I received all that I could ask for and more.
~ SCH patient
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Dr. Kim Dennis, Co-Founder and Medical Director at SunCloud Health, discusses the vital role the integrated model (that she is pioneering at SunCloud Health) plays in the success of treating patients with co-occurring disorders and underlying trauma. How does SunCloud create an authentic culture of patient support?
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