First, it is essential to acknowledge that everybody is different, and everyone's background with PTSD is diverse; therefore, everybody's treatment will be a little different. For example, the trauma counseling in Orlando that supports a retired Vietnam vet in coping with decades-old trauma that still plagues him in his dreams may be a little different than the treatment of a college student who was raped on her university campus a few months ago.
One cannot exaggerate the significance of locating a therapist you feel relaxed with! It is always essential in counseling, but particularly when dealing with something as acute as trauma therapy, find a counselor with whom you feel secure. This individual doesn't have to be your best friend, but they need to be someone you feel is caring, intelligent, and won't judge you. Therapists know from studies that the most crucial factor in whether a person gets better over the course of therapy is the fit and the connection between a client and a therapist, so please take the time to discover someone who feels like a safe space for you.
Again this is distinct for everybody. However, many of the standard components include discovering coping skills, recounting your story, teaching yourself what is safe vs. unsafe, facing beliefs you've concocted about yourself and the world around you since your trauma, and constructing meaning out of your background. Therapists go into a bit more depth about this when discussing the options available to you for trauma treatment.
There are a lot of diverse types of treatment for PTSD. At most offices, therapists offer several distinct kinds of therapy for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), play therapy for kids, sand tray work (often an element of another kind of therapy), and Mindfulness training. Most therapists have attended a combination of trauma training to understand the subtle differences between the treatments and discover as much as possible about who reacts best to which treatment. But it would definitely take a book, not a simple blog post, to convey all of the information we've learned over the years. So instead, we try to offer you a quick picture of the treatments we offer in our offices for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Additional therapies exist for PTSD, including Somatic Experiencing (SE) for grown-ups and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) for more youthful clients. If we don't provide the treatment you want to try at our office, we do know of other therapists in the area we trust to accomplish them and are happy to offer you a referral if one of them is a better fit for your individual situation. Contact us today to learn more about trauma counseling in Orlando. We are here to help you heal.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.