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PTSD Treatment Therapy

Are you living with flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or insomnia? You may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD. PTSD can affect many areas of your life including your work, relationships, and even physical health. Dealing with PTSD alone can be overwhelming and frustrating. At the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach, you will work side-by-side with a therapist to reduce the negative effects of trauma and receive coping skills to handle future challenges with grace. Tap into your personal power and agency to live the life you desire and find fufilment in life. 

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Understanding PTSD

We usually want to put our negative experiences behind us. We try to go on with our work, taking care of things at home, and doing things we enjoy, but sometimes the memories haunt us. Loud noises can cause you to go into a state of shock, flashbacks can occur at random times of the day, or nightmares can manifest when you try to get restful sleep.

Oftentimes, the effects of trauma can be insidious. After experiencing a traumatic event you may begin to notice feelings of shame, anger, or low self-esteem creeping in. Your relationships may deteriorate and a small disagreement may trigger feelings of anxiety and fear.

The counselors at the Trauma Therapy Center understand PTSD. Trauma therapy provides a structured way to process and heal your trauma symptoms and regain your self-esteem. 

Trauma therapy empowers you to maintain agency and gratitude throughout life and provides you with the coping skills you need to prevent future harm and re-traumatization.

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What Are the PTSD Causes and Risk Factors?

PTSD can be caused by experiencing a disturbing or distressful event. Often, when people hear of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) they think of military trauma or a natural disaster. While these experiences can lead to PTSD symptoms, there is a wide range of events that can cause PTSD. 

Some causes of PTSD include:

These are just some examples of situations that can lead to PTSD symptoms. Any event that is perceived as traumatic or distressful can lead to similar symptoms.

PTSD Causes and Risk Factors

Living With PTSD

It is estimated that up to 8% of the population will experience PTSD symptoms at some time in their life. People who have been in the military, have experienced sexual violence, or have been through multiple traumatic events are at a higher risk of experiencing PTSD. 

Impacts of PTSD on your daily life include:

Trauma can have wide-reaching negative impacts on your life. However, with the right professional support you can learn coping skills and move forward with your life without the negative impacts of trauma.  

Treatment Options

Importance of Seeking Professional Help

Dealing with trauma alone can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. Left untreated, symptoms will begin to worsen and can lead to major depressive disorder as well as physical health issues. 

At the Trauma Therapy Center, you are guaranteed access to evidenced-based treatments with supportive counselors who will support and guide you every step of the way. 

Your therapist may diagnose PTSD using different methods including:

Your therapist will discuss PTSD symptoms with you and possible therapy options. It is important to see a licensed mental health professional to receive an appropriate diagnosis.

Different Therapy Approaches

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) along with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the first line of treatment for PTSD. 

Other popular and effective evidence-based interventions for PTSD include:

You can choose a type of therapy based on your needs and personal preferences. Your therapist can give you more information about each type of therapy to help you choose. 

The Role of Oral Medication on PTSD

Treatment of PTSD often includes both oral medication along with psychotherapy. Oral medication can help manage the symptoms, but they do not treat the root cause of PTSD. Medication is a great way to help you get to a place where you can begin processing your trauma and healing.

Types of medications used for treating PTSD include:

It is important to remember that medication can complement therapy. Ask your psychiatrist or medical provider about the effects and symptoms of any medication you take.

What Is SGB Treatment for PTSD?

Stellate Ganglion Block, or SGB, is a procedure that involves an injection of a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion. The injection inhibits nerve impulses sent to the brain and reduces the fight or flight response. 

SGB is only used when all other treatment forms have been exhausted. It acts as a “reset” to the sympathetic nervous system.

SGB has shown positive results but is still a relatively new procedure with risks including hoarseness, a droopy eyelid, and changes in facial appearance due to muscle relaxation.

How Effective Are PTSD Treatments?

According to a Review of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Interventions, up to 82.4% of participants treated with CBT lost their PTSD diagnosis. According to the study, researchers recommend PE, CPT, and trauma-focused CBT for the treatment of PTSD.

Can PTSD Come Back After Treatment? 

PTSD is a complex disorder. Normally symptoms of PTSD greatly improve or completely discontinue with treatment. However, it is possible in some cases for symptoms to come back after remission. 

Some factors that can contribute to PTSD symptoms resurfacing include:

It’s important to maintain healthy habits to maintain PTSD remission. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and getting some physical exercise daily.

Our goal at the Trauma Therapy Center is to reduce your PTSD symptoms and empower you with the tools and thinking styles to prevent traumatization from future stressful or distressing experiences. 

How Long Does PTSD Treatment Last?

The duration of PTSD treatment depends on your personal experiences, your therapist’s assessment, and the treatment plan you devise with your counselor. 

Several factors that determine the length of treatment include:

Although the duration of treatment is your choice, Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS recommends a minimum of 6 months to complete the somatic regulation, processing, and integration steps of trauma therapy. 

Finding a Therapist

Getting PTSD treatment means finding the right therapist for you.

Some ways you can find a therapist include:

Consider things that are important to you such as specific qualities of the counselor, location, and in-person or virtual therapy options. 

Qualities to Look for in a Therapist

Finding the right therapist is a crucial part of your healing. According to renowned psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, “it’s the relationship that heals” over any specific intervention.

Important qualities to look for in a therapist include:

Make sure to invest in a therapist whom you can trust and feel comfortable with. Prioritize a counselor who has the education and credentials to provide the right level of support while being open and flexible to work with your individual needs and preferences.

Finding a Therapist Specializing in EMDR

EMDR therapy is an effective trauma therapy for PTSD. EMDR therapists participate in post-graduate EMDR training and consultation. You can find an EMDR therapist at the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach or virtually, or search online on the EMDRIA website. 

How Much Does PTSD Treatment Cost?

The cost of PTSD treatment at the Trauma Therapy Center is $250 for a one-hour session. 

In addressing the multifaceted nature of PTSD, personalized treatments like CBT and EMDR offer promising avenues. Effective therapy, coupled with maintaining healthy habits and recognizing triggers, is crucial for positive outcomes. If you’re seeking tailored PTSD treatment in West Palm Beach, take the first step toward healing by booking a therapy appointment with us today.

Page Modified on Mar 30, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.