About Me and What I Do

Trauma

You might have episodes where you suddenly feel like you're reliving it. 

You might have nightmares, anxiety, or anger that interferes with your day-to-day functioning. You might find yourself avoiding anything that reminds you of it, or struggling with the fear of being reminded--which is making it hard to live your life the way you want. You could have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

You may also be affected by the type of work you do...day, after day, exposed to the suffering of others.  This can happen with medical professionals and first responders. That's known as vicarious, or secondary trauma.

With time and good self-care, the stress you feel sometimes gets better, but if it doesn't...that's where I, your therapist, come in. 

So, what's the best way to treat traumatic stress?  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods can help you get better by helping you learn to manage, discomfort, fear, anxiety or anger and live your better life.

Getting effective treatment after post-traumatic symptoms begin can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function. 

Journal Article: What are the best therapies for post-traumatic stress?

White board video: What is "evidence-based treatment"?


CBT Protocols I utilize:


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

White board video: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?

CPT has been used effectively with both simple and complex cases of trauma, including childhood trauma.  It can be helpful any time from 1 month to 60 years after the experienced traumas.   CPT is designed for people who have multiple symptoms of PTSD, but you do not need to meet the full diagnostic criteria for PTSD in order to benefit from it.  CPT has been found in numerous studies to reduce depression syptmos, improvements in sleep, and reduced relationship difficulties.


Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) 

(White board video: What is "Prolonged Exposure Therapy"


Written Exposure Therapy (WET) 

Written exposure therapy (WET) involves writing about your experience repeatedly in 5 sessions, and discussing the thoughts and feelings that come up with your therapist. In clinical trials, it has been found to be as effective as Prolonged Exposure therapy. 


What about EMDR? 

Read about what happens when EMDR is tested scientifically:

 “ …Despite the fact that EMDR had been found to be a very effective treatment for PTSD, when the eye movement portion was omitted from the treatment, the outcomes were exactly the same. Several important studies (i.e., Davidson and Parker, 2001) that were conducted found the same thing: the eye movement added nothing. It was merely cognitive behavioral therapy with a dash of sci-fi pseudoscience”

                    From: Article: “Does EMDR Really Work?” at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Los Angelas



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