Trauma-Specific Therapy

Sanar  offers long-term therapeutic support that allow survivors to reduce trauma-related symptoms and process trauma.  From the initial intake, survivors have an opportunity to participate in the creation of individualized treatment plans in collaboration with the Sanar staff & our Clinical Advisory Team


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach for children, adolescents with a strong evidence base in helping them to overcome trauma-related experiences. As an intervention, TF-CBT was designed to reduce emotional and behavioral responses following traumatic events including: child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss. TF-CBT draws from well-established cognitive-behavioral therapy that was developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron Beck.

Sanar offers individual TF-CBT sessions as a therapeutic intervention to adolescent survivors who are are having difficulty functioning due to the impact of violence. 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)is an integrative, psychotherapy treatment utilized as a therapeutic mechanism to help survivors overcome symptoms and emotional distress resulting from traumatic life experiences. EMDR was first developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 and has been researched and refined in several studies.

With successful EMDR therapy, survivors make core-level, transformative changes that affect them on a deeper and more profound level.  The meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional and intelligence level, thus allowing the resolution of the survivor’s psychological trauma. Their traumatic wounds heal and survivors feel empowered in releasing feelings of guilt and responsibility for the abuse or trauma that they experienced. 

 Rhea is  Sanar's  three pound therapy dog that often participates in individual and group sessions.

Rhea is Sanar's three pound therapy dog that often participates in individual and group sessions.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy is a therapeutic, goal-directed support that supports survivors in meeting individualized therapy goals. AAT is based on emotional connection and relationship between the survivor and the therapy animal.  Interaction with the animal is one part of the therapy process in AAT. Another component is the accompaniment and guidance of the survivor by the therapist, with mediation by the therapist between the survivor and the animal and his/her own inner processes, leading to reflection, awareness and insight. Oftentimes, because of the presence of the animal, AAT is considered as a part of group therapy. The presence of the animal is the tool, and the survivor is the focus.