Seeking Safety

Finding Relief and Safety to Heal

Seeking Safety is an excellent therapy for teens that we offer at Innova Mercy. This can be used to address issues such as coping with the pains of past traumas, the persistent symptoms of PTSD, or substance use.

What is Seeking Safety?

Seeking Safety for teens is a present-focused and evidence-based form of therapy that Seeks to help teenagers recover from trauma and substance abuse. It can be done with either individuals or in groups of any size over many sessions as needed by the patient or patients.

What makes Seeking Safety for teens a great program is it does not require explanations or the details of a teen’s traumatic experiences. Teenagers can find relief and be able to heal with the help of the twenty-five topics that make up Seeking Safety.

Key Principles of Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is built upon five core principles:

The Four Content Areas

Therapists make use of four approaches when helping teens reach the best outcome during sessions. These are interpersonal, cognitive, behavioral, and case management.

Focus on Ideals

Instead of discussing past events or the details of a teenager’s trauma, Seeking Safety focuses on rebuilding a teen’s trust and belief in values and virtues, such as honesty, respect, and self-care.

The Therapist’s Processes

Seeking Safety for teens relies on a therapist’s ability and process to help a teen. These include their relational skills, listening ability, and their drive and compassion to empower and encourage troubled teens.

Integrated Treatment

A key part of Seeking Safety for teens is the dual treatment of PTSD and substance use. This integrated approach will help teens understand the connection between the two and how they can be addressed.

Safety is Key

Seeking Safety was devised to help people find freedom from dangerous and self-destructive actions as a result of symptoms of PTSD, trauma, or other experiences.

The 25 Topics of Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety consists of twenty-five topics therapists can use during sessions at any time and
as few or as much as is necessary to help a troubled teenager. These topics also help teach coping skills.

  • Introduction/Case Management
  • Safety
  • When Substances Control You
  • PTSD: Taking Back Your Power
  • Honesty
  • Asking for Help
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Getting Others to Support Your Recovery
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Compassion
  • Community Resources
  • Creating Meaning
  • Discovery
  • Healing from Anger
  • Recovery Thinking
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself
  • Commitment
  • Respecting Your Time
  • Self-Nurturing
  • Coping with Triggers
  • Red and Green Flags
  • Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding)
  • Life Choices
  • Termination

A Flexible Therapy for One and All

Seeking Safety is a flexible therapy model. It has successfully been used for years within different groups. These include groups found in criminal justice, the military, domestic violence, and the severely ill. Thanks to its integrated approach, it is suitable for clients of all ages, be they teenagers or adults.

Find Safety and Heal with Innova Mercy

Contact us today to learn more about Seeking Safety.