The growing knowledge of the effects of trauma on people's lives has increased the need for trauma-informed services. In addition, a number of treatment models have arisen that address the needs of trauma survivors. In response to this increased need a number of therapists have started identifying themselves as trauma-informed or providing trauma treatment when they are basing this solely on the fact that they have a number of clients who have identified themselves as trauma survivors. It is important to be able to sort out which therapist are actually trauma-informed and are knowledgeable in treatment modes that meet the needs of survivors and do not inflict further re-victimization.
The Sidran Institute at http://www.sidran.org/ as excellent information on what to look for in a therapist and the type of questions you should ask a therapist before engaging in therapy. Clink here to access their web page on What to Look For and How to Choose a Therapist.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape has an excellent document on locating a trauma therapist.
For a list of current treatment models click here.