Our therapists at Mind Body Health are trained in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related concerns.
Have you ever had nightmares or flashbacks as a result of being involved in some traumatic/terrible event? For example, warfare, gang fights, fire, domestic violence, rape, incest, car accident, being shot or stabbed?
If you have ever been exposed directly or indirectly to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence and persistently have intrusive thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, or emotional or physical distress when confronted with reminders of the trauma, then you may be suffering from PTSD.
Often after trauma, clients may find themselves struggling with the following:
- avoiding thoughts or feelings associated with the trauma or reminders of the trauma.
- difficulty remembering aspects of the trauma,
- having overly negative thoughts about themselves or the world
- blaming themselves for what happened
- increased isolation
- increased symptoms of depression or negative affect
- difficulty concentrating
- exaggerated startle response
- difficulty sleeping
Treatment: Our providers are trained in evidence-based treatments including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, and cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma. Trauma recovery often requires talking about the trauma that occurred, and helping clients to restructure the cognitive thoughts that developed after the trauma and the physiological ways in which the body responds to certain stimuli after the trauma. Such work is not easily done by oneself, thus we encourage working with one of our trained therapists to help in the recovery process.