Therapy for Trauma & PTSD

Therapy for Trauma & PTSD

Trauma is Treatable

 

What is Trauma?

A trauma is an event where someone experiences or witnesses an event involving possible death, serious injury, physical or sexual violence, combat, or a natural disaster. At least half of Americans have had a traumatic event in their lives. It is normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge or upset, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these symptoms can last.

 

What is PTSD?

One in 10 men, and 2 in 10 women may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a possible diagnosis when symptoms include intrusive memories or thoughts, nightmares, emotional and/or physiological reactivity to reminders related to the event. Symptoms may also include sleep problems, loss of interest or pleasure, hypervigilance, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and/or anger. People may want to avoid reminders of the trauma or event.

If these symptoms begin to interfere in your life, last longer than a few months, or are extremely upsetting and distressing, you may have PTSD. Therapy can help people manage the intensity of symptoms, reduce symptoms, or help symptoms go away all together. It is not uncommon to want to avoid therapy since wanting to avoid reminders is common when you have experienced trauma. However, PTSD symptoms often get worse over time.

It is never too late to seek therapy. The sooner you start therapy, the sooner you can feel better. Most people have a better quality of life after therapy.

 

How is Trauma Treated?

There are several research-based treatments for trauma. Treatment usually involves 8-16 sessions.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Trauma often causes shifts or changes in thinking and beliefs. Many people begin to see the world or certain situations as unsafe, which causes emotional and physical distress. CPT focuses on helping you change how you think about traumatic events, and evaluating shifts in beliefs, in order to reduce the feelings that follow these thoughts. This helps to decrease and gain more control over emotional and physical symptoms.

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

Trauma can often result in intrusive images and feelings. In PE, a therapist helps to safely and gradually expose you to the thoughts, feelings, and situations that you’ve been avoiding, since avoidance keeps you from recovering. PE helps you get more control of your thoughts and feelings, and helps decrease avoidance of aspects of life that reminded you of the trauma.

Other therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Medication can also be helpful treatments. While those therapies are not offered at this practice, referrals can be provided.

 

How Much Does Therapy for PTSD Cost?

Every client has different experiences and needs, so there is no standard length of treatment. While most clients with PTSD are treated for 8-16 sessions, some experience relief in a shorter amount of time, and for others it takes longer. The more a client participates within therapy, and in exercises between therapy appointments, the faster they typically experience symptoms improvement.

Treatment for PTSD is billed at the current individual therapy rate. Please inquire with your insurance company if they cover you for mental health treatment and if you need a referral. You can see which insurances currently accepted on the Services page or FAQ page.

 

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