Knoxville PTSD Counseling

PTSD Counseling in Knoxville, TN — Counselors and Therapists

Sebastian, backed against a metal door in a crowded New York City subway car, felt his heart begin to race. As feelings of fear intensified he did what anyone would do in danger: at the next stop, he rushed from the train and ran home. Sebastian was not in danger, however. He was dealing with a panic attack and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sebastian had served in the US military and saw combat. When he returned to the safety of his home, Sebastian was still struggling. Sebastian Junger told his story to Vanity Fair because he wanted others to know that it is okay to reach out for help. PTSD is a difficult mental health disorder, but it has treatments. Sebastian reached out for help. He worked with a therapist and received treatment for his PTSD.

“Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods.”
― Peter A. Levine

For some people, PTSD develops soon after a trauma. For others, it does not start for months or years after the danger and trauma have passed. Whenever or however it shows itself, it is important for those who suffer to know that it is okay to speak openly about what they have experienced. It is possible to resolve the difficult symptoms of PTSD, and often, a skilled therapist can guide that process.

Thriveworks Knoxville offers PTSD therapy. We have worked with many people who have survived traumatic events and who are ready to heal and move forward with their lives.

Risk Factors for PTSD

Some people develop PTSD while others do not, and mental health professionals are still looking for answers as to why. There are a few things therapists know. First, PTSD has nothing to do with being strong. Second, there are known factors that raise an individual’s risk for developing PTSD. Those risk factors include…

  • Experiencing an acute or long-lasting trauma.
  • How a person’s brain functions—regulating and releasing the hormones that allow them to respond to stress and danger.
  • Family history: genetics and history of mental health disorders (especially anxiety and depression).
  • The intensity and kind of trauma that was experienced.
  • Other times of trauma in an individual’s life, especially childhood abuse.
  • Being in a job that has an increased risk of trauma, for example, military personnel, ER doctors, first responders, et cetera.
  • A history of addiction or substance abuse.
  • Inadequate social-emotional support systems, and lack of support from friends and family members.

There are a number of traumatic experiences that can turn into PTSD. No list could contain them all, but a few examples include combat exposure, physical assault, receiving a threat, being bullied, sexual violence, child abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual), being diagnosed with a terminal illness, living through an accident (fire, car wreck, and more).

PTSD Signs and Symptoms

PTSD’s signs can be organized into four separate groups:

Re-experiencing the Trauma
Some people relive the event, over and over again. People can have these re-experiences at any moment, and they often arouse feelings and images of the event—the panic, horror, and fear can easily come flooding back. For example, PTSD can cause people to…

  1. Live with regular nightmares and night terrors that feel real.
  2. Have flashbacks and intrusive memories, feeling as if they are truly in the event.
  3. Develop triggers—smells, sights, and sounds that can bring the event back to the forefront of their experience.

Situational Avoidance
PTSD can also look like avoidance. People may rearrange their whole lives to avoid anything associated with the trauma. Unfortunately, when this occurs, people may also be cutting out positive and beneficial experiences as well. For instance, in order to avoid any reminder of the trauma, people may…

  1. Keeping clear of crowds or when in a crowd, never allowing oneself to feel trapped.
  2. Refusing to drive or ride in a car (especially if the trauma involved transportation like an auto accident).
  3. Avoiding TV shows, the news, movies, and more.
  4. Keeping away from anything remotely associated with the event.

Negative Impact on One’s Feeling and Beliefs
Trauma can change how people view themselves, the world, and the event. People who have lived through trauma may come to believe…

  1. That every relationship is not safe, and all people are untrustworthy.
  2. That they cannot or should not speak openly about the trauma.
  3. That the world is always dangerous.

Trauma can leave people alert to every potential danger that may or may not be lurking. Often, people are irritable, nervous, or angry after living through trauma. They may also…

  1. Experience trouble sleeping.
  2. Experience trouble concentrating.
  3. Startle at loud noises or surprises.
  4. Feel trapped or confined.

Scheduling an Appointment for PTSD at Thriveworks Knoxville

While reading about PTSD, did you recognize anything? If so, think about seeking help. Thriveworks Knoxville offers treatment for PTSD, and we have appointments available. When you call our office, a scheduling specialist will answer—we do not have a voicemail. New clients often have their first appointment the day following their first call. We also offer evening and weekend sessions, but we do not keep a waitlist. We accept many different insurance plans. Let’s work together. Call today.

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Justin Hall was great

I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
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I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
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Cannot Recommend Enough

Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
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Dr Neal is amazing!!

Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
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Justin Hall

Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
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Amanda Gilliam

Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
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Mrs. Amanda

My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
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Justin Hall

I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
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Karen Trotter

Karen has been so AWESOME in assisting with my daughter’s healing process. It’s been a blessing having so many diverse avenues for myself & my daughter to communicate with Karen & her immediate responses 😘. I tried to rate Karen as 5 + but it wouldn’t let me 😁
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Not the place for me

I have attended one session alone and a second session with my then girlfriend at her urging me to seek couples therapy, in this session I was basically felt like all the relationship issues were my fault and as I was pressured more and more about my issues I walked out of the session to collect my thoughts as I was being bombarded by both my girlfriend and my therapist. Apparently after I stepped out the therapist told my girlfriend that I was worse than an addict and she was sorry but didn’t feel I was worth attending counseling with, this resulted in the end of that relationship before We even left the office. I have other issues and have realized that I am suffering from depression due to other issues and this has added to my depression. At this point I have no intention of returning to see this counselor or any other counselor there as they have added to my problems leaving me feeling like I am not good enough. Honestly if this is how they make their clients feel then as far as I’m concerned this office shouldn’t even exist. I need to find out how I can be refunded at Least a portion of the money I’ve “wasted” on this experience and hope I can find someone else who is willing to help me work through my issues and not feel persecuted.
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Makes Getting Better Easy

I can't thank Amanda Brooks enough. She's an amazing person and is an amazing place. After calling about 15 therapists and getting immediately turned away, returned my call within the hour and Amanda was hand-picked for me and my situation. I got an appointmentheduled that day. There's ALWAYS time for me andheduling/canceling is never a hassle. There's a therapist on call 24/7 and Amanda always makes time for me when I need it. The office is a lovely, calming place and I always feel comfortable and welcome. It makes getting better easy.
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Amanda genuinely cares

Amanda helped/helps me is so so many ways. No matter what I come into the office with she helps me problem solve and always genuinely cares about what I have to say or about how I feel. I feel like I can come to her with anything and there will be no judgement. She always welcomes me with a smile and helps me dig deep in every session and I couldn't ask for a better support.
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Perfect Therapist for My Child

Amanda Brooks has been a wonderful and supportive therapist for my child who was suffering from depression and anxiety. My child is very picky about who she trusts and Amanda has been the perfect therapist; she immediately put my child at ease and has been there for emotional support whenever we needed her help.
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Definitely Recommend

I have been very pleased with my experience at Thriveworks. Amanda has helped my children and I learn to deal with some major life issues. She has provided us with a listening ear and helpfulsolutions. She has helped us all develop skills to deal with life's ups and downs in a productive, positive way. I highly recommend her!
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Justin was very rude to us when he was the one who didn't listen and made aheduling error. He was inappropriate to me in front of my son. Wouldn't recommend.
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Peace Keeper

Amanda Brooks has been such an excellent help to me throughout the past 2 1/2 years I've had her as my therapist. Ive been able to speak to her like I haven't even my closest friends. She's helped me to work through & over come many different obstacles, as well as past trauma in my lifetime & continues to help me find peace with my past, present & future. She's been my peace keeper through it all.
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Life Changing

Justin Hall has changed my life and the way that I approach it. He has a way of helping one redirect behaviors and ideas in order to improve overall quality of life. I would recommend him to anyone who wants positive change in thinking.
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Helped me out in a bad situation.

My work environment had become extremely difficult over the last 5 years. Justin helped me deal with a very dysfunctional system. Nothing has changes as far as circumstance, but my approach and thinking has changed. Things are much better. Very practical. Would recommend Justin to anyone looking for help.
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My experience with Dr. Williams has been more than helpful. I initially came to her for couples counseling, but ended up seeing her one on one and finding my sanity again. My experience has been more than helpful. I highly recommend her.
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