How Therapy can Help You Work Through PTSD

How Therapy can Help You Work Through PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PSTD, is a medical term used to refer to the stress disorder that results from the stresses, strains or any other difficult situations e may have experienced in our lives. It is important to note that the word ‘post’ means the disorder follows the occurrence of these stressful situations and it does not matter whether we are successful in overcoming them or not. The condition is considered to be physically and psychologically draining and is believed to occur to 30% of people who have experienced traumatic events.  Here is how therapy can help you work through PTSD.

Causes and Symptoms

As already mentioned, this condition results from a traumatizing event and this could include having witnessed a grizzly accident, being held hostage, having been in a warzone and many more. The symptoms manifest in so many ways and the most common symptoms are often sufferers reliving the event in a “deja vu” fashion. This is seen through nightmares and hallucinations, as though the event is actually happening again. There are other symptoms for instance avoiding memories of these events and hyper-vigilance, a situation where the sufferer is exceedingly of and keeps vigilance of potentially traumatic situations.

Therapy as a Treatment Option

The best way to deal with this condition is through therapy and the first form of therapy that is known to be especially successful is Psychotherapy. In Psychotherapy, the therapist will engage the sufferer through talks on the experience with a bid to overcoming it. The treatment sessions include discussing the gory details of the experience and trying to unearth the actual areas that led to the trauma. It is believed that even though some of these memories may not be forgotten, it pays to talk about them.

Aside from psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy may also help deal with PSTD. This therapy is based on the assumption that the way we think has a direct bearing on how we respond to these thoughts. This therapy, therefore, is meant to focus on the positive lessons the PSTD sufferer may derive from the traumatic event, and then harnessing these lessons so that they may have a positive outlook of the entire event. In a nut shell, the therapy aims to shape the behaviours of the sufferer by helping them focus on the positive lessons as opposed to the negative and self-destructive ones.  Here is a video from a Yale professor showing how cognitive behavioural therapy works and can help you.

Last but not least, there is the option of hypnotherapy. Though there is little research on the effectiveness of this option as a treatment for PTSD, there are actually numerous occasions where it worked. Hypnotherapy involves revisiting the event and unlocking it so that the sufferer can better understand how to cope with it. It may also involve the actual re-enactment of the event by the therapy in a bid to help the sufferer understand how they would have better responded to the situation.

Tips on Choosing the Right Trauma Therapist

Tips on Choosing the Right Trauma Therapist

Therapy is an effective treatment for trauma. However, to get its benefits, it is important to choose the right therapist. Good therapists understand their patients because they are experienced and they have dealt with different problems. Finding a good therapist is not an easy task. It can consume a lot of your time but it is worth the effort. Choose a therapist that you can confide in. Someone that you can comfortably reveal your feelings to. Highlighted below are some tips on choosing the right trauma therapist.

Ask Friends and Family

Ask your friends and family for a therapist referral. It is important to ask those who have undergone therapy or those in therapy. Ask them about their experience and if they liked it. Get a referral elsewhere if you get negative feedback. You can also conduct an online search to find the best therapist for your condition. You can easily get professional therapists in your area. Check out their reviews so as to make a sound judgment.


Go for a therapist that is experienced in treating your problem. Most therapists specialize in different fields. One that is experienced in your category has dealt with that problem so many times. As a result, they can handle your problem with ease.


Choose a therapist of the gender you would prefer working with. Some people find it difficult to open up to people of their opposite sex. You definitely know the gender that you can work with or if it matters to you.

Check Licensing

Find out if the therapist you are hiring has a current license and that it complies with the state regulatory board. Each state has a different regulatory board. You also need to check if there are any customer complaints about the therapist.

The Cost Involved

Provincial health care will, in some instances, cover the cost of seeing a therapist.  Talk with your regular doctor first and see what your options are, if you have coverage through your employer check your policy and see what that covers.  You can also talk with the local branch of Canadian Mental Health and see what services they offer near you.

Therapy is only successful if you connect with your therapist. A therapist can make you feel better. You should not have any worries to talk about certain issues. It is easier to talk to a friend or family member about a problem. However, if you need extra help, it is better to seek professional help. Although it can take a long time, its long term benefits are worth the time.