How PTSD Counseling Services Can Help You

Starting therapy for any reason can be difficult. This is especially true when looking to overcome Post-Truamatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You know you will have to face the events of your trauma. Although difficult, it is an important part of the healing process. PTSD counseling services have helped countless individuals work through the effects of trauma and go on to live happier and more peaceful lives.

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Facts of PTSD

  • An estimated 8 people out of 100 will develop PTSD during their lifetime
  • Around 8 million people in the United States have PTSD
  • The ratio of men to women developing PTSD is 4% of men to 10% of women
  • Symptoms can begin anywhere from a month to years after the traumatic event
  • People of all ages can experience PTSD, including children
  • Symptoms of PTSD are not the same for everyone
  • PTSD can occur in people who have experienced the trauma or those who have witnessed traumatic events

How Therapy for PTSD Improves Your Life

Counselors with specific training in PTSD play a vital role in treatment for your PTSD symptoms. Therapy is not one size fits all. With a variety of treatment methods to choose from, a counselor will assess your unique situation and develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you. A few of these approaches include the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – Changing how an individual thinks about the traumatic event
  • Exposure therapy – Teaching you how to take control of your thoughts and feelings
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing – Using sensory cues to process memories of your trauma.

You and your PTSD therapist will find the best approach for you.

PTSD Counseling Services with Garrett Counseling in Boaz, Jacksonville & Huntsville

Help is available for your post-traumatic stress disorder no matter how recent or how far in the past your trauma. Contact our PTSD therapists today by calling (256) 239-5662 or clicking here to contact us online. Start the journey to healing and a happier life today!

 

Survivors Guilt Counseling

Grief therapists in Alabama are seeing a rise in the number of clients seeking guilt counseling. There are many reasons you might feel guilt after losing a loved one. The impact of COVID-19 has caused a significant amount of grief among countless families. Overcoming guilt is possible through the help of guilt counseling.

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Defining Survivor’s Guilt

When a traumatic event occurs and one person survives while others did not, survivor’s guilt ensues. Common questions that plague the survivor’s mind include “Why them?” “Why not me?” “Why did I survive?” Survivor’s guilt is now actually considered a form of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Certain professions or natural occurrences that commonly result in survivor’s guilt include the following:

  • Veterans of war
  • Survivors of 9/11
  • Those who have beat cancer and watched others lose their battle
  • First responders
  • Patients who receive transplants from organ donors
  • Those who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • A parent who has lost a child
  • Victims of accidents where others died
  • Survivors of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or tsunami
  • Family members not allowed to be in the hospital while their loved one suffered and passed with COVID

Survivor’s guilt can manifest whether you actually caused the tragic event to happen or not. Maybe you were the driver of a vehicle when an accident occurred that resulted in a fatality due to no fault of your own. Just being involved and living through a tragic event can cause PTSD symptoms related to survivor’s guilt. Be encouraged that there is hope. With guilt counseling, you can find freedom.

Garrett Has Grief Therapists in Alabama

Get the care you need with virtual or in-person appointments with grief therapists in Alabama. Our team is standing by to help in all three of our convenient locations, Jacksonville, Boaz, and Huntsville. Follow this link to complete a brief “contact us” form, or call (256) 239-5662 today.

 

Types of Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma occurs in countless ways. A military veteran, victim of an abusive relationship, unexpected loss of a loved one, victim of sexual assault or abuse are only a handful of scenarios where an individual has been traumatized. Everyone’s trauma experience is not the same. For that reason, PTSD counseling services include multiple types of therapy for PTSD.

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Four Common Types of Therapy

As mentioned, there are many types of therapy for PTSD. Today we are going to look at four different approaches.

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Using a combination of talking about the event and writing about the event to help with processing what happened and how you deal with it.
  2. Prolonged Exposure – This approach focuses on what you have been avoiding about the traumatic event. Through various methodical techniques, the therapist will help you face these unpleasant details and learn how to control your anxious thoughts about them.
  3. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) – While you think about the event, your therapist will guide you through other stimuli. These are likely related to your trauma. Perhaps making a sound, flashing a light, or moving their hands rapidly. The goal is to first to desensitize the trauma. Next they hope to teach you to reroute your thoughts to something positive. Surprisingly to many, this can be done even while the traumatic event is in the background of your mind.
  4. Medication – Sometimes medication used in combination with therapy is the most effective method to treat PTSD. Be sure to speak to your doctor about your symptoms and see if medication is the right choice for you.

No matter which therapy type your counselor deems best for you, the goal for all approaches is the ultimately the same. Your counselor wants to help lessen your symptoms and give you the tools to manage them when they occur.

PTSD Counseling Services at Garrett

To learn more about PTSD counseling services, contact us today. You can reach us by clicking this link or calling (256) 239-5662. We offer services online or at any of our three convenient locations in Huntsville, Jacksonville, and Boaz.

 

What is PTSD?

PTSD from a car accident

PTSD is an acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  All too often people associate PTSD only with military members. However, it is also prevalent among individuals who have never been in the military.  Mayo Clinic defines post-traumatic stress disorder as a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Examples of triggering events could include physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, a serious accident, the loss of a child, war and conflict, or torture.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD symptoms could start shortly after an event, but typically, symptoms start further down the road. It is possible for symptoms to show even even years after the incident.  Symptoms can interfere with your ability to participate in your routine daily activities.  They can also cause problems with personal relationships.

According to the Mayo Clinic research,  symptoms of PTSD are generally grouped into four categories.

  1. Intrusive memories – Reliving the event, nightmares, unwanted memories of the trauma.
  2. Avoidance – Avoiding talking about the trauma or avoiding people, places, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event.
  3. Negative changes in thinking and mood – Feeling detached, hopeless, or numb. Negative thoughts about yourself or others.
  4. Changes in physical and emotional reactions – Easily startled, always on guard, angry outbursts or aggressiveness, and trouble sleeping or concentrating.
  5. Self-destructive behavior – One example is driving excessive speeds or drinking too much.

Children also experience PTSD from many life events.  Children often react by having nightmares or may re-inact the trauma in play.

Where do I Start?

Sometimes recognizing signs of PTSD take the help of a friend or counselor. If you’ve expereinced a traumatic event, PTSD s not unusual. Trauma therapy can help decrease your symptoms and can improve your life. If you’re looking for a trauma therapist in Jacksonville, Boaz, or Huntsville, our skilled team is ready to help you thrive.  Reach any of our offices today by calling (256) 239-5662 and begin your growth to a healthier life or fill out our contact form today.