The Park Bench\u2120 addiction treatment center in Southeastern New Jersey now offers specialized treatment for trauma, which is often a major contributor to addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Northfield, NJ (PRWEB) September 15, 2015 \u2013 Park Bench\u2120 Group Counseling, an individualized, clinically sophisticated addiction treatment program in New Jersey, has announced the addition of a gender-specific trauma track for partial care (outpatient) clients. The program includes weekly group sessions aimed at exploring childhood and adult trauma, which has been strongly linked to addiction and other mental health disorders. A highly personalized addiction treatment center, Park Bench\u2120 provides day treatment\/partial care that includes psychiatric evaluation and treatment, individual and group counseling, and life skills training. The trauma sessions are designed to help clients better understand how trauma influences emotions and thinking patterns and to provide tools for processing and overcoming these patterns. \u201cMany of our clients who suffer from addiction at some point turned to drugs or alcohol in order to cope with traumatic experiences in their lives,\u201d says the program\u2019s Clinical Director Jennifer Maguire, MA, MS, LPC, ACS, CCS. \u201cIf we do not address the impact trauma has had on them and teach them how to cope without using drugs or alcohol, then we are missing a huge component of treatment.\u201d Trauma can take many forms, says Maguire. \u201cThe death of a loved one or abuse from childhood are clearly traumatic events, but sometimes trauma is much subtler,\u201d she says. \u201cTrauma is based on the client's perception of an event, so anything that occurs in a client's life that they are having trouble emotionally processing can be addressed in therapy.\u201d The groups are very small, and are led by a therapist with specialized training and experience in the treatment of trauma. \u201cOur clients learn to understand the connection between addiction and trauma,\u201d says Maguire. \u201cWe do not rehash the actual event or events. Instead, we address what they are experiencing in their body, and their resulting thoughts, behaviors and feelings.\u201d The groups also teach meditation and grounding exercises, which provide practical tools for managing intense emotion. Following treatment, clients are given a referral to a trauma-focused individual therapist as part of aftercare planning. \u201cThese groups have been powerfully effective,\u201d says Maguire. \u201cThey are providing clients who have been impacted by trauma a safe place to process their experiences, which many of them have never had before. The response has been tremendous.\u201d About Park Bench\u2120 Group Counseling Park Bench\u2120 Group Counseling is a highly personalized addiction treatment center located minutes from the beautiful Jersey Shore in Southeastern New Jersey. The center offers day treatment\/partial care and intensive outpatient treatment for those wishing to maintain independent living while working an active 12-step program. For more information, call (855) 893-5987 or visit www.parkbenchgroup.com. Park Bench\u2120 Group Counseling is a member of Promises Behavioral Health, an owner of a series of behavioral health programs located throughout the United States. The Promises Behavioral Health\u00ae family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit elementsbehavioralhealth.com.