Counseling for PTSD
"Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived." - Anonymous
Have you experienced a traumatic event?
Are you suffering from lingering fear and anxiety?
Do you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel, and behave?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after any type of physically or psychologically stressful event in which you perceive a threat to your life. Often this event or series of events can alter or shatter the way you see the world and yourself.
Situations and circumstances that can bring about a traumatic stress response include but are not limited to:
- Sexual abuse or assault
- Domestic violence
- Transportation accidents
- Military combat
- Natural disasters
- Childhood physical, verbal, sexual and psychological abuse
- Frequent exposure to threatening situations such as those experienced by First Responders (EMS, police, firefighters, ER nurses & physicians)
- Second-hand trauma (also known as Vicarious Trauma) – learning about or witnessing threatening or abusive events from loved ones, that causes a change in your worldview
It is believed that PTSD affects nearly four percent of the U.S. adult population. While it is usually linked with veterans who have experienced combat, PTSD occurs in all people regardless of age, race, nationality, or culture. People with PTSD often experience intense thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with PTSD also relive the event through flashbacks and nightmares.
People with PTSD often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, and a detachment from friends, family, and community members. They often avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd may cause a strong and uncontrollable reaction.
There are a variety of treatments that can be used to treat PTSD. Below are three specific techniques that are consistently gaining research-based evidence of their effectiveness in successfully treating PTSD.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)– This technique uses bilateral sensory input such as side-to-side eye movements to stimulate the brain to process difficult thoughts, memories, and emotions.
- Brainspotting (BSP)– This modality is a relatively new form of treatment that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. It accomplishes this by using a unique and powerful combination of specific eye positioning and bilateral auditory stimulation (such as music).
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)– This approach is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related to one another. The goal is to help you return to a place of hope with a greater sense of being in control of your thoughts and behaviors.