All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for teens ages 10-17, highlights the importance of treating individuals struggling with trauma in honor of PTSD Awareness Month this June.
“It is important to spread awareness of PTSD because trauma left untreated can lead to substance abuse, anger management issues, severe depression/anxiety, loneliness, and impede our ability for self-care, ” comments Tai Kulenic MPS, LPC, ATR-BC, Primary Therapist at Trails Carolina. Kulenic has spent the past couple of decades working with young people who struggle with trauma. “People experience PTSD through memory, emotion, and the body,” says Kulenic. “Because trauma is experienced in a variety of ways, traditional talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may not be enough for some individuals. This has led me to rely more and more on my art therapy background when I work with students who have experienced trauma. I think the most important thing is meeting a student where they are and using the creativity of an artist to help students craft their own unique way of healing.”
At Trails Carolina, therapists utilize a variety of treatment approaches to help teens struggling with trauma. In addition to art therapy, therapists utilize yoga and mindfulness to foster compassionate self-observation for those healing from trauma. Additionally, several Trails therapists have been certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.
“I came to wilderness therapy from a traditional setting, so I can honestly say that I have never seen such movement in students as I have seen in wilderness,” says Kulenic. “Wilderness removes all distractions: hiding in one's room, playing computer games, social media, etc. It allows therapy to take place in a way that doesn't feel like therapy to teens.”
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy.