Trauma & PTSD

Trauma is a person’s emotional response to a distressing experience. Few people can go through life without encountering some kind of trauma. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be sudden and unpredictable, involve a serious threat to life—like bodily injury or death—and feel beyond a person’s control. Most important, events are traumatic to the degree that they undermine a person’s sense of safety in the world and create a sense that catastrophe could strike at any time. Parental loss in childhood, auto accidents, physical violence, sexual assault, military combat experiences, the unexpected loss of a loved one are commonly traumatic events.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops in response to experiencing or witnessing a distressing event involving the threat of death or extreme bodily harm. Examples of traumatic events that can trigger PTSD include sexual assault, physical violence, and military combat. PTSD can also occur in the wake of a motor vehicle accident, a natural disaster (e.g., fire, earthquake, flood), a medical emergency (e.g., having an anaphylactic reaction), or any sudden, disruptive incident.

Therapy for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and trauma focuses on helping individuals heal from the psychological and emotional impact of traumatic experiences. This specialized therapeutic approach provides a safe and supportive environment where clients can process traumatic events, confront and manage distressing memories, and learn effective coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and symptoms associated with PTSD.

Several evidence-based therapies are particularly effective for treating PTSD and trauma, including:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Aims to change negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with trauma, teaching individuals to challenge and reframe unhelpful beliefs.
  2. Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE): Involves gradually exposing clients to trauma-related memories and stimuli in a controlled and therapeutic setting, helping to reduce their power and emotional impact.
  3. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): Specifically designed for children and adolescents, this therapy integrates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioral techniques.
  4. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): Focuses on identifying and challenging maladaptive beliefs related to the trauma, helping individuals to construct a more coherent narrative of their experiences.

Therapy for PTSD and trauma aims to empower individuals to regain control over their lives, reduce symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, flashbacks, and avoidance, and improve overall functioning and well-being. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to tailor treatment to their specific needs, fostering resilience and facilitating recovery from trauma.

 

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Sensitive and secure trauma-informed care for PTSD and recovery

Identifying and Challenging Cognitive Distortions with CBT

Identifying and Challenging Cognitive Distortions with CBT

Dr. Becca Graham

Dr. Becca Graham

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Dr. Marina Costanzo

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Dr. Eli Reding

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Dr. Chelsea Sanders

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Dr. Shawnee Brew