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Expectations

What to Expect

In therapy we will discuss your problems and how they are currently affecting you. In doing so, offer you techniques to help you to learn a new set of behaviours, and help you to practice this new skill until it has become embedded. You’ll also be given helpful “homework” in the form of practicing your new skills. In the process, you should experience an improvement in your symptoms. Our goal is a relatively rapid improvement, but each case is unique and the duration may vary from person to person.

Dealing with Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. In PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.
  • Who gets PTSD? Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters and many other traumatic events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.
  • How long does PTSD last? According to John H. Krystal, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine: In some cases, particularly where it is not treated, PTSD can last a very long time, perhaps the remainder of one’s life. Most people with longstanding PTSD find that the symptoms are not steady in their severity. For some people, PTSD symptoms gradually fade over time. Other people find that symptoms may increase when they encounter reminders of their traumatic events.
  • Are there effective ways to treat PTSD? A number of treatment techniques, sometimes combined with one another, are being used with varying degrees of success. We focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, to help people recognize their ways of thinking, or “cognitive patterns,” that keep them stuck.
  • Is this program covered by Health Insurance? No. This program seeks to help individuals help themselves by identifying the past traumas and giving the skills needed to self-address. This program is not a substitute for the services of mental health professionals.
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Expectations

What to Expect

In therapy we will discuss your problems and how they are currently affecting you. In doing so, offer you techniques to help you to learn a new set of behaviours, and help you to practice this new skill until it has become embedded. You’ll also be given helpful “homework” in the form of practicing your new skills. In the process, you should experience an improvement in your symptoms. Our goal is a relatively rapid improvement, but each case is unique and the duration may vary from person to person.

Dealing with Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. In PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.
  • Who gets PTSD? Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters and many other traumatic events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.
  • How long does PTSD last? According to John H. Krystal, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine: In some cases, particularly where it is not treated, PTSD can last a very long time, perhaps the remainder of one’s life. Most people with longstanding PTSD find that the symptoms are not steady in their severity. For some people, PTSD symptoms gradually fade over time. Other people find that symptoms may increase when they encounter reminders of their traumatic events.
  • Are there effective ways to treat PTSD? A number of treatment techniques, sometimes combined with one another, are being used with varying degrees of success. We focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, to help people recognize their ways of thinking, or “cognitive patterns,” that keep them stuck.
  • Is this program covered by Health Insurance? No. This program seeks to help individuals help themselves by identifying the past traumas and giving the skills needed to self-address. This program is not a substitute for the services of mental health professionals.
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