WHAT IS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)?

It’s not about what’s wrong with you, it’s about what happened to you

What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

What happened to you does NOT have to define you.  If you have experienced trauma in your life and it is affecting you months or even years later, please know that you are not alone, and there is hope and help for you!  You deserve to put the shame, anger, guilt, and fear behind you once and for all, and learn how to appreciate and access the inner strength and resilience I know you have.  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or “PTSD,” can happen if you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, the sudden loss of someone very close to you, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, abuse, rape or other violent personal assault.  PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder, but people with this diagnosis do NOT have to carry this label for the rest of their lives-with the right help, you can recover and no longer have it.  Some people with PTSD reach out for help because they are having nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive memories of what happened to them.  Others are troubled by problems with concentration, anger, feeling “on edge,” or problems sleeping.  PTSD can affect the ability to connect or feel close to other people, and it can lead to avoiding many situations and activities.  If any of this sounds like it might describe you, please give us a call at 573-818-7010, schedule an appointment, or send us a message using the form below.  You don’t have to live like this, and I am honored to be a part of your  journey.

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WHAT IS COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY (CPT)?

You CAN Transform Suffering into Strength

Dr. Emily has over twelve years experience counseling trauma survivors with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Emily also trains other mental health providers in this treatment.  Several randomized clinical trials and effectiveness studies have provided evidence for CPT significantly reducing symptoms of PTSD and depression among survivors of various trauma including combat, sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.  You can read more about it here  or click here for a brief video explaining CPT.

What’s the First Step? The first thing we are likely to do is a psychological evaluation to determine whether or not you have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and to pinpoint what specific symptoms are most important for us to address. This evaluation process will help you learn more about yourself and in what ways your trauma may be impacting your current functioning.  Then, with the data and specific treatment recommendations we have gathered from the evaluation, we can embark on the most effective therapy together.