Psychological trauma treatment in northern Virginia

Dominion Hospital's mental health specialists understand your traumatic experiences require a unique type of care to fully recover. We offer this in our psychological trauma recovery program, which is rooted in a model of individualized, clinically driven and evidence-based care. This program also integrates trauma and neuroscience-informed treatment within a therapeutic group framework, offering you hope and healing.

To schedule an appointment with our behavioral specialists, please call our First Step counselors, available 24/7 at (703) 538-2872.

Understanding psychological and emotional trauma

Physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, threatened death or a serious injury can cause physical trauma as well as psychological and emotional trauma. This trauma can be debilitating and affect your ability to lead a normal life. It may also potentially lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or dissociative disorders.

Signs of psychological or emotional trauma

Effects from traumatic events are complex and impact a person psychologically, physiologically and neurobiologically. However, some common symptoms indicating a person may have emotional or psychological trauma include:

  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Discontinuity in sense of self and identity
  • Flashbacks of traumatic events
  • Hopelessness and dread of the future
  • Hypervigilance
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Mood swings and/or depression
  • Negative thinking
  • Physiological reactions, including severe anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Recurrent distressing dreams and memories
  • Sleep disturbances and disorders

Specialized center for psychological trauma

Dominion Hospital offers the TraumaSci Complex Trauma Disorders Program for adults dealing with the mental health aftermath of traumatic events. This is part of our comprehensive adult behavioral health services.

What to expect in the program

Our goal is to provide safe, interpersonal engagement to decrease fear-based reactions. We help individuals learn strategies and skills to increase resilience and hold hope for the future.

Our TraumaSci Complex Trauma Disorders Program accomplishes this by helping to:

  • Buffer against the neurobiological effects of trauma
  • Decrease the intrusion of traumatic experiences, self-injurious behaviors and suicidal ideations
  • Inspire curiosity and insight leading to integration and understanding of one's traumatic experiences

Levels of treatment

Our trauma disorders program includes two levels of treatment: inpatient and partial hospitalization. The inpatient care program provides a safe and nurturing environment for patients in crisis. Conversely, the partial hospitalization program (PHP) can be attended via a direct admission or as a step down from inpatient treatment.

Trauma recovery through inpatient care

Our inpatient program offers trauma-focused treatment seven days a week. Patients receive a comprehensive intake assessment before treatment begins to determine which approach to care will lead to optimal outcomes.

Individual and group-focused treatment includes:

  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Daily medication management with a psychiatrist
  • Individual psychotherapy three times a week
  • Group psychotherapy, including alternative therapy
  • Resilience group work
  • Collaboration with supportive family and/or friends
  • Collaboration with outpatient providers

The inpatient aspect of our TraumaSci Complex Trauma Disorders Program is held on the main Dominion Hospital Campus.

Partial hospitalization care for trauma recovery

A PHP is ideal for patients who will benefit from intensive therapy five days per week while spending evenings at home. Our PHP services includes:

  • Case management with contact with outpatient providers
  • Group psychotherapy, including focused trauma groups and expressive therapies
  • Medication management with a psychiatrist
  • Resilience skills training