As clinicians, we treat ‘trauma,’ on a near daily basis.
Hearts are broken. People let us down. The world lets us down. In this respect, ‘trauma’ is a common human experience and all caregivers have experience treating it. Treatment of this sort of pain follows a predictable course.
Treatment of ‘trauma’ that causes post-traumatic reactions, complex trauma responses, and borderline behavioral patterns is an entirely different animal. Treatment for this kind of human suffering is well-known for its difficulty and complexity.
Ready to learn more about trauma treatment?
Proceeding too quickly, slowly, or in a manualized manner without understanding trauma can easily leave the client and clinician feeling overwhelmed, ineffectual, or result in further pain to those who have already suffered intensely. Clients can experience intense and unexpected reactions to therapist behaviors that would be effective or unimportant in other treatment situations. Therapists may feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and may find themselves isolated by their weight of their experiences, even within when speaking to other providers.
Treatment of this kind takes great skill and continual practice. It takes the ability to move effectively and fluidly. It takes understanding the ever-changing range of emotions, numbness, maladaptive coping skills and interpersonal dysregulation that may shift the function of even the best evidence-based interventions such they become iatrogenic or useless.
Interested in consultation to improve clinical case conceptualization?
At our trauma workshop, you will work with two experienced trauma therapists from different but overlapping backgrounds (Jacob Martinez & Angela Cathey). Jacob has years of experience treating both children and adults moving through traumatic and grief reactions. His training and experience is well-grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and expressive therapies. He is known for his ability to flexibly apply the Matrix framework with clients and therapists alike. Angela has years of experience treating severe traumatic reactions in adults at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient (IOP) levels. She has strong case conceptualization skills and has cross-trained extensively with experts in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and traditional cognitive and behavioral approaches. Angela’s approach to case conceptualization and treatment is best described as deeply influenced by the clinical behavior analysis.
If you are looking to build your skill in case conceptualization and your flexibility in working with trauma, we invite you to walk this path with us.
Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC
Trainer & Therapist
Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC, is a clinician and trainer living in North Texas. He is the owner of New Take Therapy, where he is committed to providing evidence based, practical, and meaningful services and training in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He is passionate about working with people who want to kick-start their lives and be their best selves. With an open, engaging, and compassionate experiential training style, Jacob promotes psychological flexibility in workshops and one-on-one consultations across Texas. His mission is to help clients and clinicians alike engage in vital, fulfilling lives.
Owner, Consultant, Scientist, Speaker
Angela Cathey is a behavior analyst and data scientist. She is a published author, blogger/writer, speaker, and futurist. Her master’s and doctoral training specialties focused on change measurement and promotion of effective emotional and social regulation with groups and individuals. Cathey’s change measurement experience includes use of Natural Language Processing, eye-tracking, and mobile technologies to both learn from and inform diverse perspectives. She uses data to understand the important ‘switch points’ in systems and provide customized data-driven change strategies to groups and individuals. She works with leaders and organizations as a business strategist, consultant, and technology developer. As a consultant, developer, and strategist, Cathey is known for her ability to help leaders and groups clarify their purpose and build industry disrupting strategies. Her passion is in creating ‘nudge’-based strategies that nurture change in leaders and cultures. She believes that real change occurs when we create tools that are engaging, easy to use, and allow people to better connect with themselves and others. Angela is owner of an independent culture and performance enhancement firm, ENSO Group.