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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Clinical Definition A disorder that develops following exposure to a threatening event in where significant harm occurred or was threatened.
Our highly-skilled therapists use Exposure Response Prevention to help you process the traumatic experience by safely exposing you to thoughts or feelings you might associate with triggering events. Our team will empower you to face your fear and learn new behaviors to manage your anxiety until it loses its grip.You are not defined by what has happened to you.
Available Programs for PTSD
At GPS Psychology & Anxiety Clinic, we offer several programs for PTSD based on your needs:Individual Therapy Meet with a highly-skilled therapist trained in Exposure Response Prevention. We’ll primarily meet in our office, but offer sessions in-home or outside of the office as well, where your PTSD affects you most. Group Therapy The Adult Anxiety Group is open to anyone 18 or older struggling with anxiety. Meet with others facing similar challenges, gain support from your peers, and share your experiences. Similarly, the Teen Anxiety Group offers a safe environment for teens between the ages of 12 - 17 to meet, connect, and support one another.
Working with Parents
You are not alone and we can help. Our team has extensive experience working with children and teens. But we believe working with parents is equally, if not more, important. We educate parents on understanding anxiety and recognizing the difference between anxiety and stress. We also help with identifying well-intentioned behaviors that may be maintaining your child’s anxiety. Most importantly, we train parents on active listening enhancement and using empathy to build stronger problem-solving skills.
Parent's CornerSeeing your child suffer the aftermath of trauma is heartbreaking. PTSD can intrude in their lives in both subtle and major ways. Children and teens who’ve been through or witnessed traumatic events may struggle with the following symptoms:Difficulty sleepingNightmaresIrritabilityRecreates traumatic event during playtimeBed wettingBecomes distantBecomes overly clingy
A traumatic experience is devastating. The ripple effect can movethrough your life years after the event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can cause flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, a lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and other symptoms. You may feel unable to heal or move forward.