Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), can occur after an individual experiences a traumatic event. This may happen to individuals involved in combat, those who are sexually or physically assaulted, or people who are involved in serious accidents. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, exaggerated startle response, and hypervigilance. In addition, individuals with PTSD may avoid large crowds and public spaces.
Through therapy, individuals with PTSD can learn how to cope with their intrusive memories and hypervigilance. PTSD can be thought of as a block in recovery from traumatic experience. Therapy helps clients learn how to change their thought process, which allows for the natural recovery process. During my training at the Topeka VA, I completed extensive training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). This therapy approaches typically lasts between 8 - 12 weekly session. Before beginning this protocol, I will work with you to identify your goals and make sure CPT is appropriate.
PTSD and Trauma
There is hope