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Billi Jo Speth

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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 help the client separate the problem from themselves and lower their startle response back to their personal baseline. I find the best benefit in using cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy because they help the client re-author their story. This can help the client rid themselves of undesirable personal narratives about themselves.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

I teach the following tools in PTSD/trauma therapy:

  • Anger management
  • Communication/assertive training
  • Self-monitoring
  • Mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation techniques
  • Changing negative thinking or negative self-talk
  • Coping skills for trauma symptoms
  • Substance abuse relapse prevention

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 the client is not avoiding people, places, and things that remind them of the trauma; is experiencing fewer nightmares and better sleep; starts to feel safe again; and has a lower startle response.

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

Clients can supplement their time in PTSD/trauma therapy counseling by practicing their personalized homework in between appointments. Homework is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client.

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

To prepare for their first PTSD/trauma therapy session, someone can come as they are!

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.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Jacksonville therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Florida Blue | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Jacksonville
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

5.0 Thriveworks Jacksonville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Jessica Gort is by far the best therapist I’ve ever had. She’s not only met my needs and expectations, she goes above and beyond that. When I first met with Jessica i was newly sober and recently lost my father, I was struggling and had just ended a professional relationship with a prior therapist that couldn’t help me with what I needed at that time. I felt lost and was losing hope until I met her. I expressed my concerns with Jessica and she did everything she could to help me in the ways that I needed, to keep my sobriety and mental health intact during my grieving process. If I could rate her 10 stars I would. She’s amazing. Highly recommend.
Read more Jessica Gort is by far the best therapist I’ve ever had. She’s not only met my needs and expectations, she goes above and beyond that. When I first met with Jessica i was newly sober and recently lost my father, I was struggling and had just ended a professional relationship with a prior therapist that couldn’t help me with what I needed at that time. I felt lost and was losing hope until I met her. I expressed my concerns with Jessica and she did everything she could to help me in the ways that I needed, to keep my sobriety and mental health intact during my grieving process. If I could rate her 10 stars I would. She’s amazing. Highly recommend.
Jacksonville Sep 2021
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★★★★★
I enjoyed working with Erin. She has my best interest at heart which is very important to me. I love how attentive and empathic Erin is towards my needs, and I am close to meeting my therapeutic goals. I have learned that life is a journey, and we should work on improving ourselves daily. I would most definitely recommend Erin to anyone who may need therapy, and I would work with her again. Thank you, Erin
Read more I enjoyed working with Erin. She has my best interest at heart which is very important to me. I love how attentive and empathic Erin is towards my needs, and I am close to meeting my therapeutic goals. I have learned that life is a journey, and we should work on improving ourselves daily. I would most definitely recommend Erin to anyone who may need therapy, and I would work with her again. Thank you, Erin
Jacksonville Nov 2020
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★★★★★
Ashley Harm instantly makes you comfortable and helps you believe there is hope. She is extremely knowledgeable and isn’t afraid to challenge you to be better. I wish I could talk to her every day!
Read more Ashley Harm instantly makes you comfortable and helps you believe there is hope. She is extremely knowledgeable and isn’t afraid to challenge you to be better. I wish I could talk to her every day!
Jacksonville Nov 2020
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★★★★★
I was very satisfied with the therapy session that Ms. Erin provided for me. I was initially reluctant to try a online session but she put me at ease!! I am very relieved that my first session was great. Ms. Erin provided great conversation and perspective! I can’t wait until my next session.
Read more I was very satisfied with the therapy session that Ms. Erin provided for me. I was initially reluctant to try a online session but she put me at ease!! I am very relieved that my first session was great. Ms. Erin provided great conversation and perspective! I can’t wait until my next session.
Jacksonville Nov 2020
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★★★★★
I am so grateful for Erin and her ability to assist me with gaining insight. I was initially hesitant about pursuing therapy online. However, Erin was empathetic and easy to talk to. Additionally, she helped with valuable life coaching skills in order to reduce my anxiety and stress. Thanks Erin, looking forward to future sessions!
Read more I am so grateful for Erin and her ability to assist me with gaining insight. I was initially hesitant about pursuing therapy online. However, Erin was empathetic and easy to talk to. Additionally, she helped with valuable life coaching skills in order to reduce my anxiety and stress. Thanks Erin, looking forward to future sessions!
Jacksonville Nov 2020
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★★★★★
In my time working with Jessica, I have experienced nothing but kindness and empathy from her. Jessica fully listened to my concerns and helped me work through overwhelming situations on multiple occasions. Jessica provided non-judgmental support without being overbearing. I would definitely work with Jessica again and recommend her to anyone in need of support.
Read more In my time working with Jessica, I have experienced nothing but kindness and empathy from her. Jessica fully listened to my concerns and helped me work through overwhelming situations on multiple occasions. Jessica provided non-judgmental support without being overbearing. I would definitely work with Jessica again and recommend her to anyone in need of support.
Jacksonville Jun 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Jacksonville is located at the corner of Herschel St and Woodmere St. in the St. Johns Plaza shopping mall. Next to our building runs Big Fishwier Creek. We currently share the building with OneCoolShop and Harps American Pub & Grill, among other businesses.

Phone number

(904) 567-0813

Languages spoken by FL providers

  • English
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