Trauma Therapy: Common Concerns
When Is Treatment for PTSD the Right Choice?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can seem overwhelming. Oftentimes, we spend a great deal of time trying to convince ourselves that “time will heal” or “I should be able to handle this.” Meanwhile, relationships become more difficult, your mood gets more depressed, and the memories keep on coming. These are all indicators that what you’re dealing with isn’t just going to “go away,” but rather that treatment with trauma therapists may be indicated and necessary. (See this post for more specific info on PTSD.)
If you’ve gotten to the point where you are contemplating PTSD treatment, I’m willing to bet you’ve also gotten to a point where you’re dealing with some worries and concerns about what to expect. Good news: this is normal! As a trauma therapist over the past 11 years, patients have consistently told me that the worries before treatment far surpass any distress experienced during treatment. That’s how anxiety works! Your brain goes into overdrive trying to worry about every possible catastrophic outcome, and man, it is hard to stop it once it starts.
Will Treatment Make PTSD Worse?
One common concern I’m repeatedly hearing as a trauma therapist is that folks think treatment will somehow make things worse. PTSD is a disorder that worsens over time. 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. I cannot stress that point enough: AVOIDANCE MAKES THINGS WORSE.
If you’re now having an “oh shit” moment, that is ok. Avoidance makes sense to a point: if something is painful to think about, we are going to want to avoid it. However, avoidance in PTSD does just the opposite in that it strengthens the disorder.
What is PTSD Trauma Treatment All About?
So now what?
Seeking out evidence-based treatments is your best bet! There are treatments shown to be effective treatments for PTSD, meaning PTSD is a treatable disorder. And this is the exciting part! No, we cannot delete past events or memories. However, that’s not what PTSD is. PTSD is the impairment these past traumatic events are causing in your current life and that can be treated effectively!
Treatment is not just sitting around talking about all the bad stuff that’s happened to you week after week and then sending you on your way. No, that’s not going to be helpful. Instead, after following an individual assessment and a discussion of your treatment goals, we will talk about best options for you. You will then have a much clearer sense about which treatments are available, how they work, why they work, and how long they will take.
Treatment is about getting you to feel better in both the short and the long term. Often, taking the first step to make an appointment can be the most difficult step to take. Once you do take that step, make sure your therapist will meet with you prior to starting treatment. This is necessary to get a clear picture of the problems you want help with. Also, ensure that they recommend treatments that are evidence-based and shown to be effective.
If you’d like to read about evidence-based PTSD treatments that I offer, please see my website here (or learn even more about PTSD resources here). And remember: a good, solid treatment will help you to overcome this “stuck” feeling and help you to feel better overall and in your day-to-day life.
Begin PTSD Treatment in Ohio or Kentucky
Here’s the bad news: PTSD sucks. The good news: PTSD is a highly treatable condition.
If you’re at a point where you are considering therapy, it’s probably safe to bet you’re struggling to manage day-to-day. We’re also willing to bet that you’d like to know something is available to help you and give you some relief. The PTSD treatments offered by our trauma therapists at Thrive are evidence-based and shown to be effective. You can access Thrive’s services using online therapy in Ohio or online therapy in Kentucky. Please know that help is available. To get started, use the steps below.
- Book a free 15-minute consultation call.
- Meet with a Thrive therapist to see if we’re a good fit for therapy.
- Reduce your PTSD symptoms and live in the present once again
Other Services at Thrive Therapy
Thrive specializes in working with those struggling with PTSD following trauma. We are licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky, and provide services using online therapy. As PTSD providers, we are dedicated to helping individuals heal from harmful pasts and create lives they are proud of. While we work with folks with PTSD from any type of trauma, we do specialize in working with child abuse survivors, sexual assault survivors, as well as first responders.
You’ve got this. We know you do.