Trauma Therapy

Two of the most effective and current trauma-focused therapies are Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Both are based on decades of research showing that they can help reduce symptoms of PTSD and encourage people to live more fulfilling lives. I am experienced in using both approaches and will help you choose which is best suited for you. Here is a brief description and links to more information.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

When something traumatic happens, it usually changes the way we see ourselves, and the way we see the world. Often, we blame ourselves for what happened, thinking “I did something to deserve this” or “I’m a bad person.” We also start to feel that the world is a very dangerous place, even in situations we used to think were safe. Cognitive Processing Therapy helps people take another look at these “stuck points”  - thoughts and feelings that keep us reliving the past.  A typical course of Cognitive Processing Therapy lasts about 10 to 12 weeks with weekly individual or group visits.

You can read more about Cognitive Processing Therapy and how it can help here: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/cognitive_processing_therapy.asp

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

When you accidentally burn yourself on a hot stove, it’s natural not to want to touch it again. The same is true for painful traumatic memories. However, trying to avoid these memories tends to have the opposite effect of making them come up more intensely. Sometimes, it can lead to avoiding doing things that used to be enjoyable, like going to the movies, going out to eat, and spending time with friends. Attempting to avoid bad memories can also contribute to increased nightmares, anxiety, and panic attacks. Gradually taking back your life and your mind is the central goal of this therapy. A typical course of Prolonged Exposure consists of 12 90-minute individual  sessions.

You can read more about Prolonged Exposure Therapy here:  http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/prolonged-exposure-therapy.asp