“When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a braver ending.” – Brene Brown

The Trauma Enlightenment Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at TICC are specialized intensive treatment services implemented to address the impactful symptomatology of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. TICC’s primary focus of the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs is to implement intensive outpatient counseling services to individuals in need. There are three types of Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC.



Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs



(adolescents 12-18 years of age in the court system)



(adolescents 12-18 years of age NOT in the court system)


(for adults 19 and older)

How are the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs designed at TICC?

The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC are unique and the only one of its kind within the Lexington Kentucky area. The specialized programs have been designed to provide intensive, evidence-based therapeutic treatment to individuals in a small group setting. The co-creators of this program are clinically trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT).  Therefore, the co-creators have designed an original treatment approach and workbook titled “The Trauma Enlightenment Program Workbook” that is built upon the foundational tenants of multicultural counseling, TF-CBT, and CPT. The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC range from Monday through Friday for roughly 3 to 4 hours. Each IOP Program is completed in a 6-to-8-week period. At this time, the TICC IOP program will be taking place at the Versailles office location of TICC. This office is located at 209 N. Main St. Suite F Versailles, KY 40536. See the “Locations” tab on our website for pictures and turn by turn directions.

Who are the best candidates for IOP Programs at TICC?

The best candidates for the IOP programs offered at TICC are any individuals who do not meet criteria for inpatient treatment but are seeking to receive more intensified counseling services in an outpatient setting. Currently, the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC is ONLY serving the needs of adolescents who have court involvement and are between the ages of 12 years and 17 years of age (18 years of age if still in high school). TICC will begin accepting referrals for the Trauma Informed Education and Empowerment Program beginning May 9th, 2022. The IOP is scheduled to begin June 6th, 2022.

**The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC are not for clients who are actively engaging in substance use behaviors. Please note, TICC's IOP Programs are for clients who are not actively using and are at least in early recovery (14 to 30 days of recovery).
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Substance abuse (not actively but in early recovery)

  • Mood disorders

  • Eating disorders including distorted body image

  • Self-harm and suicidal thinking

  • Interpersonal and childhood trauma

  • Severe psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety, and extreme mood swings

  • Behavioral issues such as peer difficulties, social anxiety, impulsivity, and impaired academic performance

  • General confusion

  • Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep

  • Feeling numb or emotionally disconnected

  • Withdrawing from others

Symptomatology Individuals in need of IOP may present with:
Physical Symptomatology of Trauma
  • Bodily aches and pains

  • Headaches

  • Stomach aches

  • Cramping

  • Jittery

  • Shaking

  • Muscle tension

  • Agitation

  • Irritability

Many individuals who have experienced trauma also present with physical symptoms.

Steps to beginning a Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program


A self or community referral is REQUIRED. This referral be completed on the website by clicking here:


The client/caregiver will be contacted, and an extensive intake as well as trauma-informed assessments will be conducted with the client by one of our trained and licensed staff members.


Once the assessment is complete, the treatment team will determine if the referral is an appropriate fit for the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program.


After this decision is made by the clinical team, the client will be scheduled to begin the IOP services the following week.

Have more questions? Send us an email at or call us at 859-309-2877.

Meet the co-creators of the
Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program


My name is Lauren Downey and I possess a doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision. I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). I have been providing counseling services to individuals in the Bluegrass region for over seven years.  As a mental health counselor, I have worked in various settings that have included intensive in-home, outpatient, and private practice counseling settings. Through these experiences, my passion for counseling individuals who have experienced trauma as well as other mental health disorders grew into the establishment that is known as the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center aka TICC.

Dr. Lauren E. Downey, LPCC-S

Founder and Clinical Director

Dr. Lauren E. Downey is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor and she possess a doctorate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Downey has served in various counseling capacities in the central Kentucky area for the last 13 years. Dr. Downey is a certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral counselor and the owner and founder of Trauma-Informed Counseling Center and the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center Foundation. Dr. Downey’s purpose and professional passion in life has been to help treat the diverse and multifaceted trauma needs of individuals in her community from a culturally responsive and inclusive clinical framework.

Hello! My name is Brittany Gentry and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have over 6 years of experience with providing mental health and case management services to children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have therapeutic work experience in several settings including School, Community Outpatient and Intensive in-home services. I have knowledge and experiences with various types of evidence based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seven Challenges, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and many more.  I truly have a passion for using therapeutic practices to help clients achieve their goals. 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

Brittany Gentry


Brittany Gentry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Lexington, KY. Dr. Gentry received her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Kentucky in May 2022. Dr. Gentry has been a Mental Health Clinician with TICC since 2019. Over the last ten years, Dr. Gentry has provided therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families in various therapeutic settings (in-home, outpatient, and school-based). Despite her experience with various populations, Dr.Gentry’s passion remained working with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system.