SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, announces a new television interview about the causes and treatment of trauma. The interview, featuring Patrick Schonbachler, Psy.D., H.S.P.P., Site Training Director at Sovereign Health of Arizona, was first broadcast live on the NBC affiliate KMIR's program "Desert Living" on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
As Dr. Schonbachler notes in the interview, trauma can cause upsetting emotions, frightening memories and even a sense of constant danger both physically as well as emotionally. "People who have experienced trauma not only feel it emotionally with fear, anxiety, stress and depression, but the body remembers. The body takes in those experiences, and people sometimes get stuck because they cannot process the trauma, and the trauma then remains locked in the brain and is re-experienced again and again and again. Some people can get locked in this pattern for years."
When asked if trauma can be treated, Dr. Schonbachler replied, "Trauma is treatable. Since people relive the traumatic incident, they feel that they are crazy or disordered, but trauma can be treated with talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or cognitive processing therapy, which helps patients process unprocessed trauma."
Neurofeedback, a new wave in treatment for substance abuse and mental health, has been the movement away from the medical model and prescribing drugs, and movement toward more of a holistic and non-pharmaceutical approach. "Sovereign Health uses neurofeedback, and this is a technique that takes the brain patterns, which were caused by the trauma and have created new pathways, which are repeated in the patient's brain. Sovereign takes these pathways and redirects them, so people can process the trauma and move on," says Dr. Schonbachler.
Sovereign Health operates nine treatment facilities in five states: California, Arizona, Florida, Texas and Utah. The facilities are fully licensed and have been awarded Gold Seal accreditation by The Joint Commission, the highest level of accreditation available in the behavioral health field. Desert Living is a 30-minute TV program broadcast from Palm Springs in the desert's Coachella Valley.
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.