Have you experienced something you can’t get out of your head?
Have you witnessed something you wish you could forget, but keeps coming back?
Since I specialize in treatment for PTSD counseling here in the Tri-Cities, I’ll try to answer questions and concerns you may have on this page. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but for those who do it can be like you are living in a nightmare: intrusive recurring thoughts and dreams, avoiding anything that can remind you of what happened, living like you’re in “survival mode” and your quality of life diminishes until you feel like you are a shell of the person you used to be. Some people feel as if they are “broken”, and the way they look at the world itself changes.
PTSD is actually one of the chief reasons people seeking counseling or therapy. Thank goodness they do, too, because PTSD does not typically go away. My hat is off to anyone who seeks professional mental health services, because it takes courage! One of the first questions you may have is, is there a way to heal so you can get your life back?
Does PTSD treatment really work?
I am trained in doing three of the most powerful, scientifically-proven and evidence-based therapies out there for PTSD: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Research done over decades has proven that counseling does work to help someone work through and resolve their PTSD.
You might be wondering, will it be worth it to enter therapy for PTSD? Many people feel scared to work through their trauma. The great majority of folks who enter treatment with someone who specializes in treating their PTSD make great improvements, and say they feel it was worth it. I’ve seen it work.
What does all this mean? It means that I can help you with your PTSD. It means I use the most powerful treatments available for helping you live a healthier, happier life!
Will I have to relive my trauma in order to recover?
This is a very common question, and the short answer is “it depends.” Many folks find they need to revisit their traumatic experience in order to fully heal. Other people have been trying everything they can think of to not think about it. I can successfully work with you either way. Remember, our bodies and our minds want to heal, they simply need a way to do so.
Treatment for PTSD isn’t for the faint of heart, and it takes courage to decide you’ve had enough and want to start taking your life back. My highest priority is to keep you safe during our sessions, and we won’t do anything that you aren’t ready to do. I won’t force you do anything you’re uncomfortable with.
What does PTSD treatment look like?
Glad you asked! PTSD is caused by unprocessed memories, or memories that are so intense they are “stuck” in your brain. What I do is help you work through these memories, and getting them “unstuck” so you can live a healthy life once again. We will discuss various treatments and find the one that is right for you. Treatment involves a combination of instilling coping skills and evaluating negative beliefs about yourself, while directly processing those traumatic memories.
Treatment length varies from individual to individual, but within a short amount of time you will notice your symptoms decrease, those intense memories start to fade, and you will have a renewed interest in your life again. It really does work, and has helped millions of people like you worldwide.
How do I get started?
I specialize in counseling those with PTSD here in the Tri-Cities. All you need to do is contact me! Head over to my Contact Me page and send me a message. If you prefer you can you can call 509-222-8474 to reach me directly. I can answer your questions and we can set up an initial appointment at your convenience.