PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD counseling is a type of psychotherapy that helps people deal with reactions resulting from a traumatic event that they have experienced, observed, or even learned about, such as war, sexual assault, an accident, or natural disasters. Each person’s experience of PTSD is unique to them as each of us experience trauma and are affected in different ways.

Taking part in PTSD counseling can provide a safe outlet for expressing your feelings and emotions. During the sessions, you and your therapist will discuss effective ways to help minimize, or even eliminate, distressing symptoms of PTSD.

Common Reactions To PTSD

PTSD can be thought of as an emotional stress overload, causing a reaction that triggers a belief that you are not able to cope due to feeling extreme horror, fear, or helplessness.

The following are four common reactions to PTSD:

1. Reliving aspects of the traumatic event
2. Hypervigilance or feeling on edge
3. Avoidance of feelings or memories
4. Distressing beliefs or feelings

PTSD Support

It’s very important to have support as you recover from PTSD. Some people find they lose the ability to cope with their everyday lives because of the traumatic experience, but most people are able to recover from PTSD with the right help.

PTSD Therapy

If you are struggling with these symptoms after a traumatic event, therapy can help improve your symptoms, teach you skills to better cope, and restore your self-esteem. PTSD therapy helps restructure and make sense of your memories, forming positive, realistic memories that take the place of the distorted, painful memories of the trauma that lead to difficulties in functioning.