Can People Other Than Veterans Have PTSD?

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is seen in men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. People respond to unexpected or prolonged trauma in different ways. While some are able to overcome the trauma, others relive the same memories over the course of weeks, months, or even years. This can take a severe toll and result in deep pain and discouragement. PTSD can occur as a result of unexpected and extreme stress incidents, such as natural disasters, being the victim of a violent crime, or the sudden death of a loved one. Chronic stress over a long period of time, such as physical or sexual abuse or dysfunctional relationships from childhood, can also be traumatizing enough to result in PTSD.

Our counselors are trained in helping individuals develop skills for coping with a trauma. We understand that dealing with the past is scary and avoidance keeps you from talking to others about your experiences. But talking about your struggles with therapists trained in trauma recovery will help you overcome the avoidance and move toward a more rewarding life. We have trained specialists in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), relaxation and mindfulness training, and family therapy. You and your therapist will work together to decide which approaches are best for you.

The most important part of therapy is working with a professional you trust in an environment that feels safe. We want to prevent you from feeling re-traumatized, so our counselors never force you to go further than you can handle.

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