Recognizing the Signs of PTSD After Sexual Assault

A young Black woman lies in bed snuggling with her pillow representing someone who has overcome sexual trauma through Therapy for Sexual Assault Survivors in Ohio.

The words “sexual assault” can feel very heavy, removed, and clinical. Boiled down, it is any unwanted sexual activity against a person without their consent. It includes a wide range of actions, including unwanted touching, kissing, penetration, and other forms of sexual contact. This is almost always accompanied by intimidation, coercion, or force. This is … Read more

Today’s Focus: First Responders & PTSD

Yes, you- the one who has trained hard and works tirelessly in a job most could never do. There is no question that you serve your community with everything you can. But where do you go after a tough run or shift? What happens then? First responders have a higher likelihood of developing PTSD. Don’t suffer alone, effective treatments are available. Read here about PTSD, first responders, and how you can take care of yourself so that you can keep helping others.

Today’s Focus: Combat Veterans & PTSD

Marine in full combat gear.Combat vets cannot erase painful combat memories but they can learn to overcome them with online PTSD therapy in Ohio and Kentucky.

Some of the traumatic things you were exposed to probably got better over time, however sometimes there can be events you don’t recover from as expected. Instead, you may feel stuck. You may even go on to develop PTSD. Being a combat vet you were trained to be ready for the unexpected. When the unexpected happened, your training kicked in and you did your job to the best of your ability often without even thinking. But what do you do when the unexpected injured you or one of your brothers? Or took their life? There’s not really any good place to process this stuff while in combat- it’s onto the next mission. While this makes sense to keep you focused, it takes it’s toll over time. You stuff it down, and keep going because that is what you have to do. 

Today’s Focus: Sexual Assault Survivors & PTSD

Close up of woman in yellow with black glasses. Feeling normal again after sexual assault can seem like an impossibility, but sexual assault survivors in Ohio can use online therapuy to regain a sense of normalcy.

Here’s the thing: surviving a sexual assault, maybe a rape, or attempted rape, or other means of sexual violence increases your likelihood of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. What this means is those past experiences are negatively impacting your day-to-day life and preventing you from being able to live how you’d like to.  

The good news? PTSD is treatable. Yes, you heard me right. No, we can’t delete the bad things that have happened. However, what we can do is control how much those past events impact your life now and your life in the future. There are effective treatments available for you to help you to find hope and get back to living life instead of avoiding it.

Avoiding Avoidance

Group of friends happily having lunch in an outside cafe. Avoiding life is not the path to recovery. Get help with online PTSD therapy in Ohio and Kentucky.

PTSD and Avoidance One of the topics that comes up often in PTSD is this idea of avoidance. Avoidance is the conscious or unconscious effort to push away painful thoughts, memories, and emotions, or to avoid people, places, or things that may remind you of past trauma. This makes sense right? If something is painful … Read more

Trauma Therapy: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

Woman stands in front of lardge window looking out at the world. PE therapy is shown to help treat PTSD effectively. Prolonged exposure therapy in Ohio is available to help!

Of of the most researched and effective treatments for PTSD is Prolonged Exposure Therapy, or PE. PE is a treatment I love to offer in my practice because you get to see results quickly, and who doesn’t want that?!

Trauma Therapy: Cognitive Processing Therapy

4 sillhouettes of brains in a row processing thoughts. PTSD can be all consuming in your life. Regain control with cognitive processing theory in Ohio.

As a specialist in PTSD, one of the therapies I use in my practice is Cognitive Processing Therapy, or CPT. CPT is evidence-based, meaning it has been researched and shown to be effective in treating PTSD. It is a 12-session weekly individual therapy structured to provide you most relief from your symptoms.

Trauma Therapy: Best PTSD Treatments

Two brians, one jumbled reflecting PTSD and one that is clear and organized after PTSD treatment.There are several ways to treat PTSD effectively. Our PTSD therapists in Ohio specialize in PTSD treatment and are here to help.

I offer the two most widely researched and most widely utilized PTSD therapies to date. Not only do research studies say they work, but I’ve had 11 years of seeing them work. I’ve seen people smile again and reconnect with others. I’ve seen people start living again. Read here to learn a little more about Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE).

Trauma Therapy: Common Concerns

Young woman sitting by a window looking out pensively. PTSD treatment does not have to be scary. Our online PTSD therapist in Ohio is here to gently guide you through the process.

One common concern I’m repeatedly hearing is that folks think treatment will somehow make things worse. PTSD is a disorder that worsens over time, and the more that you avoid dealing with it, the worse it becomes and the longer it lasts. With that said, the symptoms of avoidance can be the very symptoms maintaining your PTSD and preventing you from taking the leap into getting help you need.

Why is a PTSD Assessment Important?

Catoon of a woman talking to a therapist sorting out her thoughts. An assessment is a helpful tool to determine what level and tpye of trauma therapy you need.

Without a good assessment, it’s impossible to know which treatment you may benefit most from and why. Learn why a thorough assessment is the first step in PTSD treatment.