Innovative Approaches to a Pervasive Mental Health Issue

From Mental Health Partners

Traumatic events—accidents, natural disasters, and crimes among others — surround us. Any terrible event can trigger an emotional response that may have long-term and potentially devastating impact on a person’s well-being. An estimated 89% of the U.S. population has experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. These include events that may have taken place years ago during childhood, such as verbal or physical abuse by an adult, bullying, physical or emotional neglect, divorce, domestic violence, or caregiver substance use.

Untreated psychological trauma can lead to problems such as depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or borderline personality disorder. In response to the community’s need for high quality, trauma-specific counseling services, Mental Health Partners launched the Moving Beyond Trauma: Healing Mind, Body and Spirit program in May 2017. The program’s goal is to provide comprehensive, holistic treatment for children and adults who have experienced any type of traumatic event and are now experiencing related symptoms (e.g., difficulty sleeping, troubling memories, struggling with relationships).

Moving Beyond Trauma clinicians are trained in evidence-based and evidence-informed practices and have expertise in helping people to resolve trauma symptoms. “For many years, we have treated the downstream effects of trauma, stress, depression and others,” said Janine D’Anniballe, PhD, Director of Moving Beyond Trauma. “Trauma-focused care helps us get closer to the root-cause and work to resolve the underlying issue. It’s important that community members recognize the impact of trauma on their own lives—even if the event(s) took place decades ago- and realize that healing is possible.”

Since opening Moving Beyond Trauma, the program has grown rapidly, and now includes six therapists seeing more than 200 clients. To accommodate this growth, MHP is in the process of developing a dedicated space for Moving Beyond Trauma at its Lafayette location at 1455 Dixon Avenue. Until the project is complete, services will continue to be provided at 1333 Iris Avenue in Boulder. D’Anniballe is also confident that as the community learns about MHP’s new resource, the volume will continue to increase.

Learn More About the Impacts of Trauma

If you would like to learn more about how trauma impacts our community and individuals, Janine D’Anniballe, Ph.D., Director of Moving Beyond Trauma, will be the featured presenter in the third of a series about mental health in Boulder County sponsored in partnership by Mental Health Partners, Boulder Community Health, the Boulder Valley Rotary Club and the Boulder Rotary Club. D’Anniballe, a nationally recognized expert in the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed care, and sexual assault, will address this complicated topic in an interesting and understandable way.

We invite you to join us! Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center- 6007 Oreg Ave. in Boulder Please register at bch.org/lecture