Seeking Safety is a type of therapy that is used to help people obtain a sense of safety from both trauma and substance use disorder. It is an evidenced-based approach offered in a protected group setting that promotes physical and emotional safety for each participant. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives. It allows participants to move through treatment topics that represent safe coping skills relevant to both trauma and/or substance use, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”.
The primary goals of Seeking Safety are to reduce trauma and/or substance use symptoms by increasing these skills. Participants are helped in obtaining techniques related to relationships, critical thinking, behavior and their emotions. The approach provides concrete strategies to build recovery skills. It is one of the standard treatment models we practice at Santa Maria.
Our client’s respond to these sessions by replying to an anonymous survey each month. Here are some of their comments… In Her Voice!
“Seeking safety is the first place I’ve ever been able to feel safe closing my eyes.”
“I always feel safe and respected and it helps my own self-esteem and for me to have respect towards myself.”
“They are very respectful when they ask me questions, and even before they ask, they warn me about the sensitivity of the said question to prepare me and make sure them asking is okay by me.”
“I understand that this is part of my healing. I am learning so much about my inner illnesses.”
“I’m so proud in coming to Santa Maria. They have thought me a lot about myself and my addiction.”
“The staff explained to me why they asked about difficult experiences in my life (i.e., violence or abuse).”
“My counselor is amazing. She listens to me about what works and doesn’t work for my recovery.”
“This is my safe haven.”
Please consider purchasing one or multiple copies of “A Woman’s Addiction Workbook” for our participants, available from Amazon through the link below. This incredible resource is the perfect tool for our participants to use while working through Seeking Safety.
You may send the workbook to 2605 Parker Rd., Houston, Tx 77093 attention to Marcia Chaney.