is Seeking Safety? Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people
attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. The treatment is
available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for
The treatment was designed for flexible use. It has been conducted in group
and individual format; for women, men, and mixed-gender; using all topics or
fewer topics; in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, residential);
and for both substance abuse and dependence. It has also been used with
people who have a trauma history, but do not meet criteria for PTSD.
It was begun in 1992, under grant funding from the National Institute on Drug
Abuse. It was developed by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD at Harvard Medical
Seeking Safety consists of 25 topics that can be conducted in any order:
Introduction/Case Management, Safety, PTSD: Taking Back Your Power, When
Substances Control You, Honesty, Asking for Help, Setting Boundaries in
Relationships, Getting Others to Support Your Recovery, Healthy
Relationships, Community Resources, Compassion, Creating Meaning, Discovery,
Integrating the Split Self, Recovery Thinking, Taking Good Care of Yourself,
Commitment, Respecting Your Time, Coping with Triggers, Self-Nurturing, Red
and Green Flags, Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding). Life Choices, and
Termination. For a brief description of all topics, click here.
The key principles of Seeking Safety are:
1) Safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their
relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions).
2) Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same
3) A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and
4) Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management
5) Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on
countertransference, self-care, and other issues)
The intake is
- Each class is $ 25.00
- Individual sessions range from $ 50.00 to $
125.00, depending on income
Please ask us about reduced-cost services
for indigent and low-income clients.
Please call (303) 665-7037 for specific
court related requirements.