First things first: don't give up! Successful therapy IS possible!
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment helps you regain a sense of control over your life. The primary treatment is psychotherapy, which can help improve your symptoms by:
Resolving the trauma(s) completely or significantly
Teaching you skills to address your symptoms
Helping you think better about yourself, others and the world
Learning ways to cope if any symptoms arise again
Treating other problems often related to traumatic experiences, such as depression, anxiety, or misuse of alcohol or drugs
You don't have to try to handle the burden of PTSD on your own.
Psychotherapy for PTSD
Several types of psychotherapy may be used to treat adults with PTSD. Some types of psychotherapy used in PTSD treatment include:
Cognitive therapy. This type of talk therapy helps you recognize the ways of thinking (cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck — for example, negative beliefs about yourself and the risk of traumatic things happening again. For PTSD, cognitive therapy often is used along with exposure therapy.
Exposure therapy. This behavioural therapy helps you safely face both situations and memories that you find frightening so that you can learn to cope with them effectively. Exposure therapy can be particularly helpful for flashbacks and nightmares.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR combines exposure therapy with either a series of guided eye movements, or other forms of bi-lateral stimulation, that help you process traumatic memories and change how you react to them.
Integrative EMDR therapy can be highly successful in treating PTSD, as well as all trauma related issues. Trauma's that are largely unresolved by other therapies can be completely resolved through good EMDR therapy. More information about EMDR therapy.
“After 20 years and several previous bouts of counselling I had all but given up hope, so I wanted to find the best trauma therapist near me as a last try. I know I succeeded when I found you.”
– D (Lowestoft)