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Bill Stone

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What is your go-to approach for PTSD/trauma therapy?

My go-to approach for helping people in PTSD/trauma therapy is to empower them to achieve better emotional self-regulation and fewer triggers by using EMDR and CBT therapy.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

I teach the following tools in PTSD/trauma therapy:

  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy when they are able to self-regulate emotions and experience few or no triggers.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement PTSD/trauma therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in PTSD/trauma therapy with group therapy (led by a qualified clinician). Trauma can be very isolating, so the experience of group therapy can be powerfully validating and can be an important aspect of healing.

What should someone do to prepare for starting PTSD/trauma therapy?

To prepare for their first PTSD/trauma therapy session, someone can ask questions of the therapist and look at online resources about PTSD/trauma therapy options.

Starting Trauma therapy

What is Trauma therapy?

Trauma therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on treating the psychological impact of traumatic events on individuals. Trauma therapy helps people process and heal from their trauma by guiding them through their trauma in a compassionate and supportive way, allowing clients to feel the full scope of what happened to them and eventually move on from the event(s). This process helps people who have experienced trauma find ways to feel safe in their life.

How does Trauma therapy work?

Trauma therapy will often require individuals to walk through their experiences in a controlled and compassionate setting (unless the client has a dissociative disorder) so that they can fully process the event, an activity that will allow them to move on from what happened and feel safe again. Thriveworks Cedar Park therapists will also help clients learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their symptoms outside of therapy.

Is Trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks trauma counseling in Cedar Park, TX is conducted both in person and online through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Trauma therapy last?

If an individual is working through a single event that occurred during adulthood, they may only need a few months of treatment. However, in instances of childhood trauma or repeated traumatic events, therapy may continue over the course of years. Trauma therapy usually ends when the client believes they have met their therapeutic goals, however long that takes to occur. Thriveworks therapists in Cedar Park, TX will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

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Sebastian was riding the subway in his hometown of New York City when more people crowded onto his train. Suddenly, Sebastian’s back was against a metal wall, and he could feel the adrenaline pumping through his body. He responded how anyone would respond when frightened: he fled. At the next subway stop, he hopped off the train and ran the rest of his way home. In many ways, Sebastian’s response was a normal response to being in danger: the body naturally goes into flight or fight mode when threatened. The problem is that Sebastian was not in danger on that subway. Sebastian Junger is a combat veteran who had lived through the trauma of war. He told his story to Vanity Fair because when he return from his deployment to the safety of his own home, he was plagued by panic attacks whenever he was in a crowded and enclosed space. Sebastian had lived through trauma and he was fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He reached out for help and worked with a psychologist. His trauma healed, and Sebastian wants others to know that healing from trauma is possible.

“The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to
proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

When people live through trauma of any kind, it can be difficult to speak about the horror they have experienced. Sebastian and many others understand the challenge, but they also understand the many benefits of opening up about what happened. If you have experienced trauma, know that it is ok to talk about what has happened to you. It is ok to seek help as you seek healing. Skilled therapists understand the toll that trauma takes, but they also know that incredible healing and growth can come from incredible difficulty. Trauma therapy has helped many people find the healing from trauma that they need and deserve.

Thriveworks Cedar Park offers trauma therapy. We have helped many clients come to understand what has happened to them and how to find their own healing path.

Trauma and PTSD

Everyone responds to trauma differently. For many, the traumatic event does not end when they are returned to safety. The feelings and memories of the event can continue. Not everyone will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but there are certain risk factors that make it more likely. One important thing to know is that PTSD has nothing to do with whether a person is strong or weak. The risk factors for experiencing trauma and developing PTSD are often not in a person’s control. Those risk factors include:

  • Living through a long-lasting or acute trauma.
  • How an individual’s brain regulates hormones that help them respond to danger and stress.
  • Genetics, especially a family history of anxiety or depression.
  • Other traumas an individual has experienced, especially childhood abuse.
  • Temperament that an individual inherits.
  • Having employment where trauma exposure is a possibility: medical professional, military service, first responder, et cetera.
  • A history of substance abuse.
  • Inadequate support from one’s community, friends, and family.

Trauma can come in any number of forms. A few common ways that people experience trauma are combat exposure, physical assault, sexual violence, receiving a terminal medical diagnosis, childhood abuse (sexual, emotional, and/or physical), living through an accident (car wreck, fire, et cetera), being bullied or threatened, and more.

PTSD Symptoms

“Very minor threats can be experienced, by what the signals in your body tell you, as, ‘You’re in acute danger’”
—Sandra Bloom, former president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

There are four types of PTSD symptoms:

Re-living the Trauma
At any moment, people with PTSD can relive the event—feeling the same panic, fear, and horror as if the trauma were happening again. Reliving the trauma may look like…

  1. Experiencing night terrors and nightmares about the event.
  2. Having a flashback—a feeling as if they are re-living the event.
  3. Living with triggers: things they see, hear, or smell that remind people of the trauma.

Sidestepping Any Reminders of the Trauma
PTSD may also look like someone who completely reorganizes their life to avoid any reminders of the trauma. Unfortunately, in doing so, people may avoid hard feelings, but they also may isolate themselves. This symptom may look like…

  1. Avoiding crowds because that they can feel dangerous.
  2. If the trauma occurred in a car, refusing to drive oneself anywhere or ride in a vehicle.
  3. Not watching the news, movies, or TV shows.

Altering One’s Beliefs and Feelings
Trauma can negative impact an individual’s feelings and thoughts about themselves, the world, and the event itself. For example, an individual may…

  1. Stop trusting other people—event those who are trustworthy.
  2. Refuse to speak about the event.
  3. Come to see the world as a hostile and dangerous place.

Hyperarousal
Trauma can leave people in a state of hyperarousal. That is, they may never be able to relax, but instead, they are always on the look out. They may have

  1. Trouble sleeping.
  2. Trouble concentrating.
  3. A quick startle-reflex when they are surprised or hear a loud noise.

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Cedar Park

If you have lived through a traumatic event, Thriveworks Cedar Park wants you to know that you are not alone. It is okay to talk about what happened to you. That is why we offer therapy for trauma. When you call our office, you may be meeting with a therapist the following day. Let’s get started on a healing journey. Call Thriveworks Cedar Park today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Cedar Park therapists and counselors accept 40 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Self-pay costs at Cedar Park
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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I absolutely love Gina Faulds. She is sweet and patient and has a warm spirit to her. She also is very relatable with me and she listens well. I love Thriveworks because it is free and I can get great therapy.
Read more I absolutely love Gina Faulds. She is sweet and patient and has a warm spirit to her. She also is very relatable with me and she listens well. I love Thriveworks because it is free and I can get great therapy.
Eris Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Susan is a compassionate, inspirational, and insightfull therapist. She helped me through the toughest moments of my life and taught me techniques to enjoy living, rather than just scraping by. It seems like a lot of therapists are leaving this location recently. Susan is the best, my quality of life has dramatically improved with her guidance. I strongly recommend her to anyone in need.
Read more Susan is a compassionate, inspirational, and insightfull therapist. She helped me through the toughest moments of my life and taught me techniques to enjoy living, rather than just scraping by. It seems like a lot of therapists are leaving this location recently. Susan is the best, my quality of life has dramatically improved with her guidance. I strongly recommend her to anyone in need.
Cedar Park Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I had been looking for a wonderful therapist for a long time and then I finally found Susan. She is warm and caring and I look forward to seeing her every week. I have seen many therapists leave this thriveworks practice in the last year, so if you're looking for a long term stable relationship, ask for Susan. shes the BEST
Read more I had been looking for a wonderful therapist for a long time and then I finally found Susan. She is warm and caring and I look forward to seeing her every week. I have seen many therapists leave this thriveworks practice in the last year, so if you're looking for a long term stable relationship, ask for Susan. shes the BEST
Cedar Park Aug 2019
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★★★★★
I work with Susan, who is kind, understanding, and easy to talk to. She's helping me learn techniques to manage my anxiety, and for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I have a sense of control and can handle any curveballs thrown my way. I've only just started seeing her recently but have already seen a huge improvement in my mood and day-to-day life. Susan is awesome to work with and I highly recommend her!
Read more I work with Susan, who is kind, understanding, and easy to talk to. She's helping me learn techniques to manage my anxiety, and for the first time in my adult life, I feel like I have a sense of control and can handle any curveballs thrown my way. I've only just started seeing her recently but have already seen a huge improvement in my mood and day-to-day life. Susan is awesome to work with and I highly recommend her!
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
Susan is easy to talk to and has a warm, inviting demeanor that makes you trust her implicitly.
Read more Susan is easy to talk to and has a warm, inviting demeanor that makes you trust her implicitly.
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
I’ve been seeing Susan Wills for almost a year and she’s by far one of the best therapists I’ve ever found. She makes me feel special. I always look forward to our sessions.
Read more I’ve been seeing Susan Wills for almost a year and she’s by far one of the best therapists I’ve ever found. She makes me feel special. I always look forward to our sessions.
Cedar Park Feb 2019
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★★★★★
I have grown and learned so much about myself since I began seeing Susan Wills for counseling. She has helped me to make life goals and see them to fruition!
Read more I have grown and learned so much about myself since I began seeing Susan Wills for counseling. She has helped me to make life goals and see them to fruition!
Cedar Park Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Susan Wills is amazing 10/10 recommend!!!!
Cedar Park Jan 2019
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cedar Park is located on Cypress Creek Road near S Bell Blvd and Cluck Creek Estates. We share a building with Pediatrician Christopher Ng and Pure Innate CBD.

Phone number

(512) 975-2978

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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