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Laura Burlingame Lee

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

My preferred approaches in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and brief exposure therapy accompanied by self-regulation training because these interventions have consistently demonstrated excellent results, not only in my practice, but also in the PTSD treatment outcome literature.

My go-to approach for working with PTSD/trauma therapy is to first establish trust. Because people who have been traumatized often struggle with trusting others, creating safety and trust are essential. Beyond that, I will use reprocessing, CBT, and/or IFS techniques to help.

What tools do you teach in PTSD/trauma therapy?

Along with brief exposure, I teach clients self-regulation skills including grounding, mindfulness meditation, square breathing, and deep muscle relaxation.

For working with trauma/PTSD, I teach how to recognize safety (or feeling “safer”), how to relax the body, how to counteract thoughts of being in danger or of being unsafe if not accurate in the here and now, and how to make a conscious choice to trust others who have shown themselves to be safe.

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

During treatment, I repeatedly administer self-report measures such as the “PTSD Checklist - DSM-5-TR” to assess all principal PTSD signs and symptoms. In this way, my client and I have documented evidence of their improvement in therapy.

I know a client is making meaningful progress in trauma/PTSD therapy when they report a reduction in intensity and frequency of trauma symptoms, increased ability to cope with and come to terms with triggers and the events that caused the trauma, and reduced reactivity to triggers and other reminders of the traumatic event(s).

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

Clients can supplement their work in my office by taking all medications as prescribed, eating well, maintaining a consistent sleeping routine, and avoiding alcohol and other mind-altering substances.

Clients can supplement their PTSD/trauma therapy sessions by reading about recovering from trauma and by keeping track of frequency/intensity of triggers as well as what helped them manage or reduce reaction to the triggers/reminders.

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

For their first PTSD/trauma session, clients should bring a commitment to honesty and the willingness to work hard.

To prepare for the first session working with PTSD/trauma, clients can take time to write down (as is tolerable) what happened that led to PTSD/trauma symptoms, what symptoms they experience and how intense they get, and what has helped/not helped them in the past.

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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.
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Our Meridian therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

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I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
Read more I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
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Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Meridian is located at 26 S Baltic Pl Suite 150, Meridian, ID 83642, off E. Franklin Rd.

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