PTSD includes symptoms of numbing (I don’t feel anything), avoidance (stimuli related to the trauma), intrusion (nightmares and flashbacks), and hyperarousal (easily irritated, impulsive and anger. Typically the individual minimizes what they have encountered and feel that others have had it worse. They have great difficulty making meaning out of their sacrifices. There are specific therapies which target PTSD and also optimal medications for the symptoms.
If substance abuse is present or childhood neglect and abuse, the treatment can become more complicated.
With more than 30 years of experience, our specialty at Harmony Place is Trauma Resolution Therapy. We teach other therapists all over the county, based on our extensive experience.