Virginia Beach PTSD Counseling

Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—Counseling in Virginia Beach, VA


As the subway door closed, more people had crowded into the car. Sebastian was jostled against the wall. His breathing tightened, and his heart raced. When the subway doors opened at the next stop, Sebastian ran. Sebastian’s response was a typical response to danger, but the only problem was that he was not in danger. A few months before this incident, Sebastian Junger had served a tour in a warzone, and back home and safe, he was struggling. Sebastian had PTSD, and he told his struggle to Vanity Fair. He wanted others to know what PTSD is and how to get help. Sebastian had regular panic attacks until he started meeting with a counselor. With therapy for PTSD, Sebastian healed and regained his sense of safety.

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

After a trauma, some people develop PTSD within days of the event. Others do not show signs of PTSD for months or years after. Others do not develop PTSD after a trauma. If PTSD develops and when it develops, it is often important for people to seek help because effective treatments are available that have helped many people feel safe and move forward after a trauma.

Thriveworks Virginia Beach provides therapy for PTSD, and our counselors have helped many people process their trauma and learn healthy coping skills.

PTSD: How It Develops

Why PTSD can occur in one person and not is another is not completely clear; however, mental health professionals are learning more and more about this mental illness. First, they know that PTSD has nothing to do with whether people are weak or strong. Anyone who has lived through a trauma is strong. Second, mental health professionals know that certain factors can make the illness more likely to develop. For example, these can increase a person’s risk for PTSD…

  • Experiencing any kind of trauma.
  • The way one’s brain dispenses hormones when stressed or endangered or threatened.
  • Experiencing other traumas in life—especially childhood abuse, neglect, or trauma.
  • A genetic predisposition (family history) of mental illness—especially depression and anxiety.
  • The duration and intensity of the trauma.
  • Working a job where exposure to trauma is more likely—first responders, police officers, military personnel, ER doctors, and more.
  • Little social and emotional support from friends and family members.
  • Addiction or substance abuse (past or present).

It would be impossible to list everything that fits the definition of trauma, but a few common traumas that people face include… receiving a terminal diagnosis, being bullied, sexual violence, childhood abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional), being threatened, combat exposure, physical assault, experiencing an accident (car crash, fire, et cetera), and more.

PTSD’s Effects

“Very minor threats can be experienced, by what the signals in your body tell you, as, ‘You’re in acute danger’”
—Sandra Bloom, former president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The effects of PTSD can be organized into four categories:

Rearranging One’s life
PTSD can look like the reorganization of one’s life. People often want to avoid anything that could possibly remind them of the event. In this rearrangement, people often miss out of the good parts of their lives as well. They may…

  1. Stop going out with friends to avoid loud places or crowds or feeling trapped.
  2. Avoid riding in a car, driving, or being in a vehicle of any kind.
  3. Refuse to watch movies, TV, the news, and more.

Re-living the Event
When people have PTSD, they may re-experience the event over and over again. Without warning, they can feel as if the event or something similar is happening. People will PTSD may experience…

  1. Nightmares and terrors that are filled with anxiety and fear.
  2. Flashbacks and intrusive memories that rehash the trauma.
  3. Certain sights, smells, or sounds that trigger the feelings of the event.

Hyperarousal
PTSD can leave people constantly alert, sensing any and every potential threat. This state can leave people stressed out and exhausted. Hyperarousal can look like…

  1. Challenges with sleep, particularly insomnia.
  2. Difficulty focusing.
  3. Startling at loud noises or surprises.

Changes to One’s Beliefs and Feelings
When people live through trauma, PTSD can leave them questioning what they know and what they believe. People may come to believe and base their decisions upon thoughts like…

  1. The world is an inherently harmful place, and no one is ever safe.
  2. People are untrustworthy, and relationships are harmful.
  3. The traumatic event should be forgotten and never spoken about.

Scheduling an Appointment for PTSD at Thriveworks Virginia Beach

Have you lived through a traumatic event? Did you recognize any of the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? If so, it may be time to reach out for help. It may be time to schedule therapy for PTSD. If you are ready to find treatment, know that Thriveworks Virginia Beach offers PTSD counseling, and we have appointments available.

When you contact our office, a scheduling specialist (that is, a real person—not a voicemail) will answer and help you make an appointment. New clients often meet with their therapist within 24 hours of their first call. Weekend and evening session are offered, but you will never be put on a waitlist because we do not keep one. Many different insurance plans are accepted. Let’s work together to reestablish safety and move forward. Call today.

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Don Costigan – Highly recommend!

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Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
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This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
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I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
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Dr. Turon's passion for working with couples and families is far-reaching! Having worked with him in many capacities, I can say with all clarity, Dr. Turon is genuine and presents his most authentic self, in and out of the therapy room.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Juan 7 years ago during a very difficult time in my life as well as my kids . Very professional made us feel very comfortable,he helped my kids and myself. I couldn’t be more thankful .
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I've worked with J Turon for several years and can account for the positive impact he has had with so many of our clients. Mr. Turon has a natural way of relating to others, ensuring they understand what he is sharing and then implementing changes that are reflected in behavior, attitude and approach. I would recommend Mr. Turon to anyone or any family seeking answers as well as a guide to a well balanced and healthy approach to mental health.
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I love everything about Thriveworks!

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I love everything about thriveworks! The first time I called I was able to get an appointment the same day with a great therapist, Shuan Salzman. I was diagnosed with FND and on of the treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy. My daughter also goes here and sees Jeanie. She is workingwonderful with teenagers. My daughter was very hesitant in going but she has open up. Both therapists are perfect very professional. I would recommend thriveworks to any of my family members, friends, and coworkers.
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My sessions have been very helpful

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My sessions have been very helpful.
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Digusted

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I cancelled my daughter's appointment due to illness (she was throwing up) and was charged a $99 fee! The fact that you would rather me bring my child throwing up to your office instead of allowing me to cancel is disgusting. It is bad enough having a sick child at home, now I have to incur a $99 fee for having a sick child and doing the right thing by keeping her home. Gross. Shame on you.
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Look Forward to our next

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I would like to continue with Donna

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I felt it was good, donna listened, understood our feeling ,even those which i could not put words to. I would like to continue with her.
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Pete is great

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Pete was amazing and answered my questions

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Pete was amazing and answered my questions
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So far therapy is great

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So far therapy is great, this is going on my 3rd session in my entire life! and im starting to notice some changes already
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The staff are very professional and punctual

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My 1st session was interesting

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My 1st session was interesting looking forward to my next session
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The session was good.

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The session was good. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and obtained a lot of tools.
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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m as hard headed as they come and I have to admit, therapy works!
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We’re both looking forward to our next session.

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We’ve only had one session but I felt Dr. Love really understood what I was trying to relay to my partner. We’re both looking forward to our next session.
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Dr. Love is going to save our relationship!

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Appointment went well

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Donna immediately made me feel comfortable

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It is unfortunate that my therapist of many years Dr. Amanda Trent started working for Thrive. Thrive charges a MONTHLY Administration plus your copay which is ridiculous. To my knowledge noone charges a monthly fee other than Thrive. In my opinion their goal is to gain money not assist patients in need.. If you need help , i recommend locating a facility that does not charge a monthly fee.
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Your website advertises appointments available within 24 hours, but I just called to schedule with a NP and was told you have no new patient availability.
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I'm repeatedly impressed by Ebonie's insights and knowledge. She is a great counselor
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