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Treating PTSD

What is PTSD and its symptoms?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental and behavioral disorder that can develop because of exposure to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, child abuse, domestic violence, or other threats on a person's life.

 

Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in the way a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response.

How do we treat PTSD at our office in Dublin, Ohio?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective for PTSD and is a first line treatment. CBT seeks to change the way a person feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking or behavior, or both, responsible for negative emotions. CBT has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD and is currently considered the standard of care for PTSD.

Other therapeutic approaches with strong evidence of efficacy include behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapies such as prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy in which the person being treated recalls distressing experiences whilst doing bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye movement or tapping either side of the body. Multiple meta-analyses have found EMDR to be as effective as trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of PTSD.

More about our treatment style:

Your current situation must change. We know anxiety, panic, and fear that PTSD can bring your life to a complete stop. We want to get you moving in the right direction again. We want you to experience a life beyond PTSD. The great news is that you can have a better life — sooner rather than later!

At the offices of Kaela Rae Vance LPCC-S, conveniently located in Dublin, on the North West Columbus, we take our patient's health seriously! We offer a holistic perspective to patient's mental health, that is often integrates not only a variety of therapy approaches, but also considers a patient's physical wellness. We recognize that taking a medication as a quick fix to reduce symptoms does not address what's causing those symptoms. As such, in addition to counseling - after we meet with our patients and get an idea of what specific concerns they have and what their lifestyle is like - we may refer patients to nutritional consultants, wellness experts, chiropractors, psychiatrists, or other medical specialists as appropriate.

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