PTSD Treatment & Trauma Recovery
Is your past every day? We expect our past to stay just that in the past, but sometimes events are so difficult to accept or comprehend that our past won’t leave us alone. You don’t have to live in the shadow of your past any longer. Recovery is possible!
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma-Related Symptoms
Have you experienced an extremely stressful life transition, abusive relationship, traumatic loss, or traumatic event? Do you find that those memories are popping up in the form of traumatic flashbacks even when you don't want to think about it? Are you experiencing nightmares that remind you of a previous experience? Have you noticed that you are jumpy, nervous, fearful, avoidant of people, places, activities, or having trouble in your relationships? Trouble concentrating? Feeling irritable or on edge? Noticed that you feel down and have negative thoughts about yourself, the world, or others?
Did you know you're not alone? 1 in 10 men and 2 in 10 women will develop PTSD in their lifetime. The odds of having experienced a traumatic event and being troubled by it but not necessarily meeting criteria for PTSD are even higher; we're talking about half of the American population. Most individuals who experience a traumatic event will experience PTSD symptoms because the body’s nervous system is on high alert when in proximity to something it deems a threat. The symptoms are like an alarm system going off telling our bodies and minds to pay attention and keep safe. For the majority of folks, this fades within 30-60 days. However, if those symptoms don’t fade, then it might be time to consider therapy to help you process the event because the fight or flight response in your nervous system is stuck in the “on” position and needs help recalibrating.
There Is Hope
The symptoms mentioned above are just a few examples of the way our minds and bodies respond to trauma. We understand these symptoms can feel terrifying, frustrating, and can significantly impact your ability to live your life. It’s important to know that these are normal responses to an abnormal event. While that doesn’t mean it’s easy to experience them by any means, take some comfort in knowing that this is your body’s way of trying to respond protectively. The good news is you don't have to live this way forever. Recovery is possible. We don't have a time machine, so we can't undo what has happened, but we can help you change the way you relate to the experience. While trauma may have set your nervous system to stress response mode, therapy can help rewire it to a calmer state. Evidence based treatment for trauma and PTSD result in significant symptom reduction for the majority of clients.
Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma and PTSD
The American Psychological Association clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD strongly recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as two evidence-based treatments specifically designed to treat PTSD: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). You can read the APA guidelines here. Breyta offers both general Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as PE and CPT. Moreover, we offer cutting-edge approaches to treating trauma that are at the frontier of the cognitive behavioral therapy world, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based approaches.
Trauma-focused therapy can help you build resilience and recover from stressful circumstances. We help you process the traumatic event by partnering with you to supply skills, support, and education. You will learn about the neuroscience behind your experience and how you can apply that same understanding to soothing your mind and body. When you're ready, we walk with you through your memory to put it in order and in context. We look at ways your thinking might have changed and how that is affecting your emotions. Using concrete skills and techniques, we teach you to change your relationship to thoughts that have been holding you back, allowing you to move forward on your timeline.
Common Fears About Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy
Will I have to relive my trauma? No! We help you process your memories and thoughts in a safe and controlled environment. Part of the work of our therapy is helping you become skilled in discerning between memories and the present. We work as a team to foster compassion and courage. Through our work together you will be able to challenge some of the fears that every client has about beginning trauma-focused work. It's common to fear that you won't be able to handle it or that "going there" will "undo" you. Everybody thinks this but with skill building, education, and willingness, you will see that they are just that: fears, nothing more. Think of trauma like a book. Every day, it opens to the worst page and because you understandably don't want to see that page, you slam it shut. This avoidance arrests healing and is the "glue" of PTSD. Trauma therapy helps you put memories in place in such a way that that we can open the book and start at page one, read from start to finish, and then set it down without it popping open any more.
Proven Experience, Effective Care
We've worked with many clients who have experienced all types of trauma: combat, childhood abuse/neglect, interpersonal violence, sexual assault, medical trauma, accidents, and more. We take the time to carefully assess the unique needs of each individual and formulate treatment plans that are evidence-based. This allows us to provide clients with clear expectations and proven tools. We let you know at the outset what to expect from treatment and give you an estimation of treatment trajectory. Our clinicians are not only trauma-informed, but are specialists in the field with backgrounds in the treatment, assessment, and education of PTSD in hospital, government, and university settings.
Compassionate, Patient-Centered Care for Trauma and PTSD
Our emphasis on evidence-based practice ensures that you are matched with a clinician who will utilize the best available evidence-based treatment, will have the clinical expertise to apply it skillfully, and will do so based on your preference as is clinically appropriate. Our work with you will be individualized and effective. Many clinicians mistakenly deem these as mutually exclusive and rigidly adhere to a manual in order to make sure they "follow" the manual for an EBP. While we maintain fidelity to our evidence-based models, we know that just because we have a hammer not everything is a nail.
The Breyta Difference
Our relationship with you is important AND our skill as doctorally-trained scientist practitioners is important as we formulate the best care possible. We approach psychotherapy with heart AND science and never lose our compassion in the delivery of evidence-based care. When you're recovering from trauma or PTSD, everything seems overwhelming. Just searching for providers on the internet seems daunting, let alone making an appointment. We get it and we say hats off to you for getting this far. For that reason alone, we want you to know that we respect the effort it takes to reach out and we feel honored every time a client walks through our doors. When you sit down with a Breyta psychologist you are sitting down with a compassionate clinician who sees another person first, not a diagnosis.
Join the growing list of clients who have reclaimed their life by making the call to Breyta today! We are available for free phone or email consultation.
Experiencing a traumatic event is life-altering. Whether the event happened many years ago or recently, traumas have a way of upending our lives. Working with a therapist can help you process the ways in which you have been affected by your experience and help you move forward in your life.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
When you have difficulty recovering from a trauma, symptoms can emerge and stick around to the point where they become extremely problematic. If you are suffering from re-experiencing, avoidance, negative changes in cognition and mood, or hypervigilance, know that recovery is possible.
Sometimes it’s difficult to move past traumatic events or even significant changes in your life. If you are struggling to come to terms with stressors in your life and need help to make sense of big shifts and changes, we are here for you. Take the first step towards making meaningful change today.