Trauma and Beyond, Trauma Treatment Center in Los Angeles, Slated for JCAHCO Accreditation

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​​​Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center® in Sherman Oaks has announced that the center for Trauma Treatment in Los Angeles is getting ready for JCAHCO accreditation. According to the center’s sources, the move will assist patients in getting insurance coverage for treatments.

“We notice that more and more insurance companies are asking for this accreditation and we want to be able to help our clients utilize insurance for treatment,” said Dr. Lynne Friedman-Gell, Ph.D., co-founder of Trauma and Beyond.

Currently, the center works with insurance on an out-of-network basis, but obtaining JCAHCO should help to contract with some insurance companies. This is a breakthrough, of sorts, because it will give patients in the area better access to the region’s leader in trauma treatment.

“Trauma and Beyond is one of the only outpatient mental health centers in our area that has the dedicated trauma focus that we do,” said Dr. Joanne Barron, Psy.D, co-founder of Trauma and Beyond. “Our understanding of psychological trauma and trauma-focused therapy make our center one of the few resources for healing in our area.”

Both Dr. Friedman-Gell and Dr. Barron have extensive training in treating trauma. They both credit the work of Dr. Allan Schore and his writings on “right brain psychotherapy” and interpersonal neurobiology as a cornerstone of their understanding of trauma. Dr. Schore’s work explains the impact of affectively charged relational interactions in the development of the human brain. With the latest research on neurobiology, Dr. Shore has deepened the understanding of attachment theory into a theory that explains how affect regulation develops through right brain synchronized interactions between infant and primary caregiver. This understanding of affect regulation theory expands to the use of right brain psychotherapy which relies on brain synchronization between therapist and client more than words, cognitions or interpretations.

While many schools of therapy are beginning to recognize a more relational way of doing psychotherapy, it is important that therapy includes attention to the body, implicit communication, and the therapist’s steady awareness of their own inner communication. This kind of awareness goes beyond mindfulness. This focused attention monitors shifts in state by becoming attuned to changes in prosody, movement, breath, eye contact, and affect.

Trauma and Beyond Center utilizes this knowledge base and uses a stage-based model of treatment. Stage 1 entails stabilization and symptom reduction, while Stage 2 is reprocessing traumatic memories in order to have them become integrated rather than split off from the way in which other memories are stored. Stage 3 has to do with moving beyond the trauma and exploring new ways of being. This process takes time and there is no quick fix.

The staff is dedicated to long-term treatment and makes efforts to work with insurance companies to be able to help those in need.

For more information or to make a media inquiry, please contact Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center® at 4419 Van Nuys Blvd. #206, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, (818) 651-0725.

Source: Trauma & Beyond Psychological Center

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