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37,542 people sought PTSD/trauma therapy help in Texas in the last year

Discover how starting PTSD/trauma therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in West Lake Hills are booked, but we have 38 other therapists in TX available for an online or in-person session.

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.

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When Rhonda was a child, her mother would never let her wake her father. Though he was calm when he woke naturally, if he was awakened by an outside force like an alarm clock or another person, he would come up swinging his arms as though defending himself. To be safe, Rhonda’s mother and father devised a system. When he needed to be roused from sleep, Rhonda’s mother would grab his big toe and gently shake it, keeping her out of the way of an accidental blow.

Rhonda’s father was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He never sought counseling, and though he was able to lead a more-or-less normal life, his experiences in war were never far from his mind. With counseling, he might have been able to release the concern of accidentally hurting someone when being woken in the morning.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious issue that develops after a person experiences a trauma such as sexual assault, war, traffic accidents, or violent crime. Some symptoms include flashbacks, hypersensitivity, avoidance of the situation, nightmares, trouble sleeping, and overwhelming memories of the event which last more a month after the trauma. PTSD is an anxiety disorder, and is experienced more in adults than in children. Because we know dealing with PTSD on your own can be overwhelming, Thriveworks Austin counselors are here to help.

Who Experiences PTSD?

We often associate PTSD with military service, and though it absolutely occurs among that demographic, service members aren’t the only ones who experience PTSD. Anyone who experiences a trauma may develop the disorder. Though not everyone who experiences a trauma will develop PTSD, it’s not uncommon—in fact, about 8% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point. And for those who do, counseling is a necessity in recovery. Medication is often helpful, as well as counseling to process the emotions and circumstances of the event. Thriveworks Austin counselors will help you find a treatment plan that addresses all of your symptoms.

PTSD in the Military

PTSD has been documented among service members since at least the Civil War. Originally, it was thought to be a form of brain damage caused by shells exploding near the service member. Of course, we know today that is not accurate—it is a psychological condition with symptoms consistent across patients, though it wasn’t officially listed as a documented condition until 1980 (Friedman). Combative exchanges, accidents, and other violent acts are somewhat more common experiences for those in military service, and thus they are at a higher risk for developing PTSD. Unfortunately, because of the stigma historically associated with PTSD, service members are often reluctant to talk about it and may consider it just a normal part of the military experience. However, this is not true or necessary. Real help is just a phone call away. Our military members do not have to suffer in silence. Thriveworks Austin counselors are experts in helping individuals find relief from PTSD, and we are sensitive to the unique situations service members may have experienced.

How is PTSD Treated?

We’ve come a long way from the origins of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. Today, PTSD is usually treated with some form of psychotherapy, including:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy—instead of drawn-out analysis of what caused the problem, in this case PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on tackling the situation head-on to change the pattern of thinking that is causing the problem. Thoughts create feelings, and feelings lead to behaviors, so by addressing first the thought process, the whole pattern of feelings and behavior can be altered.

Exposure therapy—As part of the process, the therapist may suggest directly exposing the patient to part of what they fear. For example, a person with PTSD may get nervous in crowds. The patient, with the presence of the therapist, might be gradually exposed to first a small crowd and gradually be acclimated to larger and larger crowds.

If the therapist and patient decide it’s warranted, some medication may also be used, such as an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant. Everyone is different, so it’s important to remember that your needs may be different from another’s.

How Much Will I Have to Discuss the Trauma?

Some patients come in and need to discuss the details of their experience to feel affirmed and validated. However, it’s exceedingly common for patients to have no desire to relive their trauma. Though your therapist will want to know the basic details—what type of trauma you experienced, where it occurred, and how long ago—in most cases you won’t be asked to describe it in detail. PTSD therapy is generally more concerned with how to deal with the affects the trauma is having on your life today than it is with how and why the trauma occurred. Every person’s needs are different, so how much you discuss your trauma specifically will be up to what you and your therapist decide is best.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment with Thriveworks Austin Counselors

PTSD counseling is a vital part of recovering from a traumatic experience. Whatever the trauma you’ve experienced, it does not have to define your entire life. Thriveworks Austin counselors do not operate with a waiting list. We want to be ready when we are needed. When you call us, we have appointments available for new clients within 24 hours. We are standing by, ready to walk with you on this journey.

Further Reading
Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD. History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-5. August, 2015. https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our West Lake Hills therapists and counselors accept 40 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 Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

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Self-pay costs at West Lake Hills
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

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$1

Ongoing sessions

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

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Hear from our clients

3.7 Thriveworks West Lake Hills reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
Read more Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
West Lake Hills Sep 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
Read more I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
West Lake Hills Sep 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
Read more I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
West Lake Hills Apr 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
Read more The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
West Lake Hills Mar 2017
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☆☆☆☆
Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
Read more Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
West Lake Hills Jun 2015
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☆☆☆☆
My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
Read more My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
West Lake Hills Apr 2015
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry West Lake Hills is located in the same building as Detect Lab, Oakin Adams & Kilmer LLP, Actum Processing, MaQro Advisors, Cobalt Group Inc., Tribe Design Group, Virtus Financial Group, and Ecolab. Across the street is Hill Country Animal Hospital. We are near the intersection of Bee Cave Rd and St Stephens School Rd S, which has a Texaco nearby, as well as Rob Roy Chevron and Half Off Fireworks.

Phone number

(512) 601-5098

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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