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

The go-to approach for PTSD/trauma therapy is utilizing a trauma-informed approach that prioritizes safety, stabilization, and empowerment. This approach is preferred because it recognizes the complex nature of trauma and its impact on individuals' lives. The best benefit is found in creating a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, validation, and collaboration, allowing clients to explore and process their traumatic experiences at their own pace and in a way that promotes healing and resilience.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

The following tools are taught in PTSD/trauma therapy:

  • Grounding techniques: Providing clients with strategies to help them stay present and connected to the present moment when experiencing distressing symptoms or flashbacks.
  • Relaxation exercises: Teaching clients techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery to reduce physiological arousal and promote relaxation.
  • Cognitive restructuring: Assisting clients in identifying and challenging negative beliefs and thought patterns related to the trauma, promoting more adaptive and balanced thinking.
  • Exposure therapy: Gradually and safely exposing clients to trauma-related stimuli or memories in a controlled manner, helping them process and desensitize the emotional intensity associated with the trauma.
  • Safety planning: Collaborating with clients to develop personalized safety plans to manage and cope with potential triggers or crises, providing a sense of empowerment and control.
  • EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing): Utilizing bilateral stimulation techniques to facilitate the processing and integration of traumatic memories and experiences.
  • Skills for emotion regulation: Teaching clients skills to manage and regulate intense emotions associated with trauma, such as distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
  • Psychoeducation: Providing information about trauma, its effects on the brain and body, common reactions, and treatment options to increase understanding and reduce stigma.

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

A client is making meaningful progress in PTSD/trauma therapy when:

  • They demonstrate an increased ability to regulate emotions and manage distressing symptoms associated with the trauma.
  • There is a reduction in the frequency and intensity of trauma-related symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, and avoidance behaviors.
  • They exhibit greater flexibility and resilience in coping with triggers or reminders of the trauma, showing improved capacity to tolerate and navigate distressing situations.
  • Clients report feeling more empowered and in control of their lives, as evidenced by increased engagement in activities, improved relationships, and a sense of hope for the future.
  • There is evidence of cognitive restructuring and a shift in maladaptive beliefs and thought patterns related to the trauma, leading to more adaptive coping strategies and a sense of mastery over their experiences.
  • Progress is reflected in improved overall functioning and quality of life, including enhanced social, occupational, and interpersonal functioning, and a greater sense of well-being and satisfaction.

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

Clients can supplement their time in PTSD/trauma therapy by:

  • Engaging in grounding exercises or mindfulness practices outside of therapy sessions to help manage symptoms of hyperarousal or dissociation.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calm.
  • Participating in physical activities or exercise routines to help regulate emotions, reduce stress, and increase feelings of well-being.
  • Journaling about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to the trauma, providing a private outlet for processing emotions and tracking progress in therapy.
  • Seeking out support from trusted friends, family members, or support groups to share experiences, receive validation, and connect with others who understand their journey.
  • Engaging in creative activities such as art, music, or writing to express emotions and explore themes related to their trauma in a nonverbal way.
  • Setting boundaries and practicing self-care to prioritize their own well-being and avoid overexposure to triggering or distressing stimuli.
  • Educating themselves about trauma and its effects through reading books and articles or attending workshops to deepen their understanding and empower themselves in their healing journey.

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

To prepare for their first PTSD/trauma therapy session, someone can:

  • Take some time to reflect on their experiences and emotions related to the trauma, identifying any specific symptoms or challenges they may be facing.
  • Consider what they hope to achieve in therapy and any goals or intentions they have for the process, such as reducing symptoms, improving coping skills, or processing traumatic memories.
  • Gather any relevant information or documents related to the trauma, such as medical records, police reports, or previous therapy notes, to provide context for the therapist if desired.
  • Be open to discussing their trauma history and experiences in therapy, recognizing that it may be difficult or uncomfortable but that it is an important step towards healing.
  • Identify any concerns or questions they have about the therapy process or what to expect in sessions, and feel free to discuss these with the therapist during the initial session.
  • Approach the session with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, recognizing that healing from trauma takes time and patience.
  • Remember to prioritize self-care and support during this challenging time, seeking out additional resources or support systems as needed to help cope with any distress or anxiety about starting therapy.

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 McKinney therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Christus Health Plan Exchange

  • Christus Health Plan Medicare Advantage

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McKinney is located in the same building as Center of Pelvic Excellence, Genesis Back & Neck, Landry Odom of Allstate Insurance, and Peggy S, Breeding CPA PLLC Tax Services. We are near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and Cascades Drive. We are also near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and S Custer Road, and near this intersection is a plaza which contains Texas Pediatric Dentistry, Play Street Museum McKinney, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe, All About U hair Salon, Stonebridge Cleaners, and Stonebridge Ranch Dentistry.

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(469) 949-3896

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