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3,769 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help at Charlotte in the last year

Discover how starting PTSD/trauma therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Carelon, +16 more
Stress, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

As a woman of color, I am familiar with identity, cultural diversity, inclusion/exclusion, and integration issues.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Carelon, +17 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

I aim to empower and equip individuals with mental health issues to live a healed, happy, whole, and harmonized life.

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Carelon, Caresource, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA), +9 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Career, +6 more

As a compassionate advocate for mental health, I thrive on helping individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +6 more

Hello and welcome. My name is K. Fatou Alabi and I am not your typical therapist. As a West African woman, I grew up in a culture where mental health ... Hello and welcome. My name is K. Fatou Alabi and I am not your typical therapist. As a West African woman, I grew up in a culture where mental health isn’t a familiar topic, let alone discussed. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +21 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Men’s Issues, +13 more

My goal is to provide an empathetic, open, and non-judgmental space for you to explore symptoms and stressors and work with you to change the things y... My goal is to provide an empathetic, open, and non-judgmental space for you to explore symptoms and stressors and work with you to change the things you want and improve in any and all areas, leading to a happier you. Read more

Starting PTSD/trauma therapy

What is PTSD/trauma therapy?

At Thriveworks, PTSD/trauma therapy involves dedicated efforts to address and navigate through past and/or recent traumatic events. Therapists specializing in trauma create a secure environment to process and heal from these experiences, aiming to reduce trauma-related symptoms and enhance overall quality of life.

How does PTSD/trauma therapy work?

Our Thriveworks providers use PTSD/trauma therapy treatments like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR, CBT, and exposure therapy with the goal of helping clients process the traumatic events they have experienced so that they can to start feeling safe and secure again.

Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can vary but often include:

  • Flashbacks and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Intense anxiety and irritability
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Negative changes in mood and thought patterns
  • Increased arousal, like difficulty concentrating or exaggerated startle response

How do you overcome PTSD triggers?

The best way to overcome PTSD triggers is to seek the assistance of a professional therapist, such as those at Thriveworks, who can help you to understand and treat your PTSD triggers.

What type of therapist is best for PTSD?

In most cases, a therapist who specializes in PTSD/trauma therapy is the best type of mental health professional to address the symptoms of PTSD.

Is PTSD/trauma therapy conducted in person or online?

PTSD/trauma therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long should you go to therapy for PTSD?

If a client is working through a single traumatic event that occurred as an adult, trauma or PTSD therapy may only take a few months, but in general, it can take a year or more to effectively treat trauma symptoms and PTSD. The duration of treatment is highly dependent on the client and the severity of their symptoms.

How successful is therapy for PTSD?

The success rate of therapy for PTSD depends entirely on the individual's symptoms, commitment to attending sessions, and personal abilities.

Need more help deciding?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition some people develop after experiencing a traumatic event.  You have probably heard of post-traumatic stress disorder before, especially in association with veterans who have been in combat. Though the chances of suffering from PTSD are higher in veterans and first responders (10-32%) than in the general population, about 8.6 million people in the United States are living with PTSD in any given year.

PTSD can be caused by a number of factors and situations outside of combat, including:

  • A severe accident
  • Sexual or physical assault assault
  • Natural disaster
  • Serious health problems
  • Witnessing an accident or crime
  • Childhood or domestic abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Abandonment
  • Global crisis (including COVID-19)

After the traumatic event occurs, symptoms of PTSD generally appear within the first three months, but you may not fully develop PTSD until many months, and even years later. Some people never develop PTSD or may recover from the disorder within a few months of the traumatic event, while others remain symptomatic for a year or more, depending on their genetic and psychological predispositions and innate responses to stress.  Left untreated, PTSD can be a debilitating disorder that impacts an individual’s relationships, moods, and choices for decades.

How Do I Know If I Have PTSD?

The difference between regular stress and PTSD is that the effects felt from a normal stressor tend to decrease shortly after the stressor goes away, while the effects of PTSD do not. For example, think back on a time you were under a lot of stress. Maybe you had to undergo an anxiety-inducing surgery or went through a divorce. Though these events were stressful, once they were overcome, your stress levels should have dropped back to normal relatively soon after.

This is not the case for PTSD. When experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, you would find yourself feeling extremely stressed long after the traumatic event occurs. You might have consistent nightmares or flashbacks, where you feel as if the event is happening again. Memories of the event are distressing, and you go to extreme lengths to avoid being reminded of it. Perhaps you’re avoiding others and can’t stop feeling and thinking negatively about yourself, though you didn’t use to be like this.

Here are some other signs that you may be experiencing PTSD:

  • Unprovoked irritability towards others
  • Reckless or destructive behavior
  • Constant state of alertness/arousal (jumpiness)
  • Difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness
  • Sleep disturbances (trouble falling or staying asleep)
  • Feeling detached from reality (out-of-body)

How Can Counseling Help?

Thriveworks Counseling uses evidence-based treatments to help people like you with PTSD. Since post-traumatic stress disorder is related to a specific event, your counselor will assist you in confronting, identifying, and acknowledging fears and anxieties relating to the event in order to heal. At Thriveworks, we are about catering to the specific needs of the client, so we will work with you to see what treatment works best for you. Some empirically-based practices you may benefit from at Thriveworks include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and EMDR. We are also now providing telemental health for all services, so you can get the help you need with the flexibility and convenience you deserve.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

In researching treatments for PTSD, you may have come across a type of therapy called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. In EMDR therapy, you and your counselor will work together to change how you react and respond emotionally to your traumatic memories. To put it simply, the process moves in eight phases, in which your counselor will ask you to relive your experiences in short doses while they direct you through eye movements. EMDR is effective because your brain will begin to associate the traumatic memories with neutral and positive thoughts and emotions, instead of negative ones. Research finds this new association reduces the emotional intensity, increased alertness, and stress responses associated with the original traumatic event.  If you are interested in exploring EMDR as a therapeutic treatment for PTSD, please contact us and request an appointment with Ami Patel, LCMHC.  Ami is a certified EMDR therapist and will be happy to meet with you to determine if it is the right clinical approach for you.

If you believe you are experiencing  PTSD, a psychologist or therapist at Thriveworks will work with you to  develop a treatment plan that addresses the trauma and the effects it has had on you so that you can feel safe, less anxious, and more calm.  Facing significant trauma can be scary and it takes some work to find lasting relief.  The hardest part of the process is making the decision to get started and we are here to help.  We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments at our locations in Cotswold and South Charlotte.

Written by Karola Richardson

Karola is a staff writer who is pursuing her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with Play Therapy Concentration 

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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 Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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5.0 Thriveworks Charlotte reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
Read more Dr. Patricia will be an awesome addition to the Thriveworks team. I have worked alongside Dr. Patricia is several different settings and in all of them she represents the agency with a professional posture. Her strength comes from the value, integrity and dignity with which she gives to her work - Congratulations to Thriveworks!
Charlotte Sep 2022
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★★★★★
It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
Read more It is obvious from working with Dr. Patricia Krikorian that counseling is not a career for her as much as it is a calling. She is compassionate, professional, non-judgmental, and supportive. Her ability to get to the root of the problem and provide helpful and personal counseling solutions is a testament to her years of counseling experience. I highly recommend Dr. Krikorian!! She is passionate about helping others!
Charlotte Sep 2022
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★★★★★
I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
Read more I have known Dr. Patricia (Dr. Pat) for over 8 years and she has over 25+ years of experience in dealing with youth and adults in various clinical settings. Dr. Patrica is culturally and professionally competent in Counseling, Therapy, Addictions, Teaching, and Clinical Social Work as well as knowing how to deliver services to all ethnicities. Dr. Patricia uses various Therapy modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Family, Group, Individual, behavioral, Marriage and family therapy, and DBT, where she incorporates mindfulness, self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication into one's treatment plan. Dr. Patricia is the BEST!!!!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
Read more Dr. Krikorian is a great and wonderful person that I've been blessed to have known her for over 3 years. In that short amount of time, she has been honest, kind, sharing, and compassionate about others. She is a great addition!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Read more Professionalism in a way that is teachable. Dr. Patricia Krikorian can teach or assist through any situation for both Singles and Families. She is kind and compassionate about others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Read more You've got a winner in Dr. Patricia Krikorian. I have known her for years as my internship director, supervisor and ultimately mentor. She has guided me all the way and continues to do so with care and compassion. She is an expert in the mental health field and operates in excellence. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and results is her goal.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Read more I just wanted to say that Dr. Patricia Krikorian is a gem! She was my college professor and taught my Counseling class. She required us to be students of excellence because she is a woman of excellence. She passionately cares about helping anyone who needs guidance on how to navigate through life difficulties. She has many years of experience in her craft and takes pride in helping many throughout her career. She is by no means a novice and is well-respected by me and others.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Read more Congratulations to Thriveworks for adding Dr. Patricia Krikorian to their TEAM! I have known Patricia for many years in various clinical settings and not only does she have the education and expertise to support clients, but the style and grace to put them at ease. She will make a great addition to the Thriveworks family!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Charlotte is located in the Belle Grove Business Center off of Springbank Ln, near the intersection of Providence Rd. and Pineville-Matthews Rd. We’re surrounded by several other health facilities, including Family Spine Center, Kleinheinz Dentistry, Signature Wellness, Vascular Solutions, and Clark Pediatric Dentistry.

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(704) 325-5881

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