Stirling Behavioral Health Institute

  Mental Health Services Provider

  6931 Van Nuys Blvd. #102 

  Phone (818) 376-0134 
  Fax (818) 376-1437

Seeking Safety

About Seeking Safety
Seeking Safety is an evidence-based counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It can be conducted in group (any size) and/or individual modality. It is an extremely safe model as it directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into a detailed account of disturbing trauma memories thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement. Seeking Safety can be conducted over any number of sessions although the more the better when possible.


Highly flexible across a broad range of clients
The Seeking Safety model is highly flexible.  It can be used in a group or for an individual; for men and women; adults or adolescents; for any length of treatment; any level of care (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, residential); any type of trauma, any type of substance abuse. Clients do not have to meet formal criteria for PTSD or substance abuse. 

Seeking Safety is often used as a general model to teach coping skills. It has been successfully implemented for many years across vulnerable populations including homeless, criminal justice, domestic violence, severely mentally ill, veterans and military, among others.

The key principles of Seeking Safety
1)  Safety is the main goal by helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions.  
2)  Integrated treatment by working on both trauma and substance abuse at the same time.
3)  A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both trauma and substance abuse
4)  Four content areas:  cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management
5)  Attention to clinician processes (clinicians' emotional responses, self-care, etc/)