What Is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma Informed Care is a strength-based treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. An estimated 5 percent of Americans—more than 13 million people—have PTSD at any given time.

Your Emotional & Physical Safety

In good therapy you set the pace for how you want to work. In Trauma-Informed care, to assure your sense of emotional and physical safety, your control over the agenda of each session is even more essential.

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” 

/Laurell K. Hamilton

You Are Not Alone

A trauma-based approach “serves to normalise symptoms and behaviours that have traditionally been ‘pathologised’. It views the person as being healthy only something or someone has harmed them.  Instead of asking  “What is wrong with you?” the trauma-informed therapist asks: “What happened to you?”

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”

/Fred Rogers

A Trauma-Informed Therapist Is Your Expert Guide

Sometimes people who are recovering from a trauma cannot simply will themselves to feel better or just “snap out of it.” A good trauma-informed therapist is your gentle, expert guide.


Benefits of Therapy

Deciding, choosing and then actually going to see a therapist are acts of great courage. Before you even say a word a good therapist knows the bravery it took just to show up.

“In my experience, psychotherapy at its best is like dual meditation – it’s like a container in which you can be compassionate and mindful toward yourself.”

/Jack Kornfield

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1. Reality Check

“A good therapist helps you problem solve, reality check and be accountable with nurturance in an environment of emotionally safety.” /Dr. Aletta

2. Self-Awareness

“Good therapy encourages increased self-awareness.” /Emily Becker, LMSW

3. Reflection

“Time out of your busy life to reflect on what’s happening to you and in you!” /Nicole Brown, LCSW

4. Support

“Having someone there just for you, to listen, provide support in an unbiased way.” /Colleen Conjerti, PsyD

5. Empowerment

“Learn how to feel the best you under any circumstance.” /Kate Maleski, LCSW-R

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Explore What’s Next Therapists

EWN therapists have expertise in effective treatment utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Solution, Supportive, Mindfulness or Trauma based therapy. We stand by your side problem solving. We’re interactive compassionate & nonjudgmental. We provide the guidance, you provide the motivation. You are the ultimate agent of change in your life!


Elvira G. Aletta, PhD

Founder & CEO

Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness.

Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms.

Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.


Do You Have Questions?

In our work we want to lower your stress and minimize any surprises. You are vulnerable enough coming into this situation. We want to reduce your worries, so please call or email us with any questions you may have about us or our services.

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We’re Here to Help


Call or email. You reach us directly.

An EWN therapist returns your call or responds to your email by the following business day.

We schedule a free initial consultation for you to meet your potential therapist. You can visit the office or we can talk on the phone. Let’s discuss your needs, answer your questions and make a plan.


You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by taking this little step.

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