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PTSD Treatment at Wellness Psychiatry

Understanding PTSD

After being exposed to or experiencing a stressful experience, one may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Combat, childhood trauma, sexual assault, accidents, natural disasters, and any incident that overwhelms your ability to deal can all fall into this category. Living with post-traumatic stress disorder can be quite challenging.

Insomnia, flashbacks, low self-esteem, and overwhelming emotions are just some of the troubling symptoms that can accompany PTSD. It may feel like the terrible experience is happening all over again, or it may cause you to forget what happened.

The encouraging news is that PTSD treatment works. Many people have found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms with a combination of medication and short- and long-term therapy. The best results are often achieved with a combination of medication and therapy.

Therapy for PTSD

The purpose of PTSD treatment is multifaceted:

  • Symptom Improvement.
  • Reduce and manage PTSD symptoms.
  • Skill Building.
  • Teach you effective coping skills.
  • Self-esteem Restoration.
  • Help rebuild your self-esteem and self-worth.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a broad category that includes many different approaches to treating PTSD. CBT’s main goal is to help you recognize and alter negative ways of thinking that are causing you distress. One way to do this is to talk about what happened to you or to investigate where your concerns come from. You may benefit more from group or family therapy than individual sessions, depending on the nature of your issues.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD:

With EMDR therapy, you might not even have to tell your therapist about the traumatic event. You’ll pay attention to it instead by observing or listening to something they’re doing, like their hands or voices. The objective is to replace negative associations with the memories of the event. Sessions of EMDR normally last for three months, once each week.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for PTSD:

One novel method of treating post-traumatic stress disorder is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which encourages patients to embrace rather than deny uncomfortable emotions and ideas. Therapists using ACT work with patients to help them identify and tolerate negative emotions and bodily sensations that result from trauma. By helping people identify and prioritize their most important life priorities, ACT encourages the development of psychological flexibility and resilience. Individuals are encouraged to commit to behaviors that are in line with their beliefs despite continued problems created by the traumatic experience by learning to accept and be present with uncomfortable feelings.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for PTSD:

When it comes to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the gold standard. The therapy is effective because it helps people recognize and question limiting ideas and thoughts about the traumatic incident. People’s emotional and behavioral responses can be influenced by learning to notice and alter these beliefs through a systematic strategy. Cognitive behavioral therapists use methods like cognitive restructuring and exposure therapy to help patients gradually face and process their traumatic experiences to lessen the suffering they cause.

Compassion Focused Therapy for PTSD:

Self-compassion and insight into one’s own reactions to trauma are core goals of Compassion Focused Therapy. In the aftermath of trauma, it aids in the process of reconnecting with oneself in a more loving and accepting way. The goal of therapy is to help people cope with the psychological and physiological effects of trauma, fostering a sense of safety and self-worth in the process.

Interpersonal Therapy for PTSD:

Time-limited Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) examines the impact of interpersonal dynamics and external factors on mental health. By focusing on communication patterns and providing techniques for overcoming these obstacles, IPT examines how a person’s PTSD may have impacted their interpersonal connections. The effects of trauma on one’s social interactions and emotional well-being can be better understood and managed with the help of IPT, which focuses on social functioning and interpersonal connections.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT) for PTSD:

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) blends cognitive therapy techniques with mindfulness strategies. The mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) approach to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) places an emphasis on living in the present and monitoring one’s own mental processes without judgment. To promote a sense of peace and stability, the goal is to assist people in becoming more self-aware of their reactions to traumatic memories.

Motivational Interviewing for PTSD:

Motivational interviewing is a technique used to assist people work through their resistance to change. Therapists that take this tack focus on encouraging patients to tap into their own reserves of internal drive to effect change. In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder, this may entail thinking on the upsides of getting help and making changes that aid in healing.

Person-Centered Therapy for PTSD:

Person-Centered Therapy, often known as Rogerian therapy, is an approach to counseling that emphasizes creating a warm, accepting, and non-judgmental atmosphere in which the client is free to open up about his or her experiences without fear of judgment. By displaying compassion, honesty, and unconditional positive respect, therapists create a safe space for clients to work through their trauma at their own pace.

Positive Psychology for PTSD:

The field of Positive Psychology focuses on the positive aspects of people and their experiences. Therapists who take this approach work with their patients to help them develop the inner resources necessary to deal with trauma and move forward in a healthy way after the experience.

Psychodynamic Therapy for PTSD:

The focus of psychodynamic therapy is on the interplay between one’s unconscious tensions and their early experiences. Therapists who take this approach work with their patients to identify and understand the unconscious patterns and unresolved conflicts that are at the heart of their trauma-related symptoms.

Strength-Based Therapy for PTSD:

Trauma survivors might find help in Strength-Based Therapy by focusing on what they have going for them instead of what they’ve lost. Therapists help people see their own strengths and potential, which increases their sense of control over their lives and ability to bounce back from adversity.

Trauma-Focused Therapy for PTSD:

Trauma-Focused Therapy is a method of treating the psychological and physiological effects of trauma. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), prolonged exposure therapy (PE), and narrative exposure therapy (NET) are common approaches used to help people cope with the emotional fallout of traumatic experiences.

Different therapy modalities for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) provide varied methods for patients to overcome their symptoms and go on with their lives. Therapy options are frequently best determined by the unique requirements of the patient, their personal preferences, and the characteristics of the traumatic event itself. Specialist therapists in these fields can modify their approaches to meet the needs of their patients with PTSD.

Medications for PTSD

Overactive “fight or flight” neurotransmitter response is one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Medication can alleviate symptoms, alter mental processes, and promote an optimistic worldview. Here are some examples of commonly prescribed medications:

Ketamine Treatment:

Ketamine, typically an anesthetic medication, has attracted recognition for its extraordinary effects in treating different mental health disorders, including PTSD. Ketamine influences neuroplasticity and provides quick symptom alleviation by acting on neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically the glutamate system. Fast alleviation from symptoms like intrusive thoughts, mood problems, and avoidance behaviors make this a viable choice for people with PTSD who have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine treatment has showed some promise in recent research, suggesting it may be useful in alleviating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs):

Antidepressants like sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) may be useful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Antipsychotics and Second-generation Antipsychotics (SGAs):

Some people take these medications to alleviate particular symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depression associated with PTSD


Nightmares, flashbacks, physical symptoms of anxiety, among other symptoms, can be alleviated with these medications.


Although these medications may provide temporary relief from extreme anxiety, their risk for addiction makes them a last resort.

Your doctor will prescribe medication that is best suited to your specific symptoms and needs.

The Wellness Psychiatry Approach

Unresolved trauma may have far-reaching effects on your life, manifesting itself in a wide range of emotional, psychological, and even physical symptoms; at Wellness Psychiatry, we get this. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder are areas of expertise for our staff. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, ACT and Trauma based therapy are just a few of the evidence-based approaches we provide. These treatments aim to help you overcome the trauma’s effects and get your life back on track.

Our top priority is making sure everyone here has a place to feel secure and welcome. We take a trauma-informed approach to treatment that puts the patient’s emotional, physical, and social health first so that they feel safe and cared for as they heal.

If you or a loved one are experiencing PTSD symptoms, it is essential to get help from a trained specialist. Our mission at Wellness Psychiatry is to offer state-of-the-art trauma-informed care to those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. We provide a holistic strategy for dealing with trauma and supporting recovery.

Don’t give PTSD the upper hand. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free consultation and take control of your health and happiness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - PTSD Treatment at Wellness Psychiatry

What is PTSD, and who can develop it?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that can manifest itself after exposure to or experience of a terrible incident. No one’s age, nationality, culture, or ethnicity is safe from the effects of exposure to traumatic experiences. Combat, childhood trauma, sexual assault, accidents, natural catastrophes, and any experience that overwhelms one’s coping abilities can all be considered traumatic occurrences.

What are the common symptoms of PTSD?

Insomnia, flashbacks, nightmares, low self-esteem, and powerful negative emotions are common PTSD symptoms, although there is a wide range of severity among them. In addition to increased sensitivity to triggers, avoidance of reminders of the traumatic incident, and feelings of emotional distance from others are all symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Can PTSD be treated effectively?

PTSD can be efficiently treated with talk therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. ACT, Humanistic Approaches and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are all examples of evidence-based treatments that have been found to effectively alleviate symptoms and enhance health.

What is the role of therapy in treating PTSD?

PTSD treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms, instilling coping mechanisms, and rehabilitating confidence. Many treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) fall under the category of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which aims to uncover and alter dysfunctional ways of thinking. Everyone has different requirements and preferences when it comes to therapy.

How does medication help in managing PTSD?

Medication can help reduce the effects of PTSD, alter negative cognitive processes, and foster a more optimistic worldview. Depending on the symptoms and patient’s response, a variety of medications, including SSRIs, Ketamine, antipsychotics, beta-blockers, and benzodiazepines, may be prescribed.

What is the Wellness Psychiatry approach to treating PTSD?

At Wellness Psychiatry, our approach to treating PTSD is comprehensive and individualized. We utilize a range of evidence-based treatments, including medications like SSRIs, Antipsychotics, Beta-Blockers, and therapy modalities such as CBT, ACT, Trauma-Focused Therapy, MBCT, and others. We’re also exploring innovative treatments like Ketamine therapy, showing promise in rapidly alleviating symptoms of PTSD. Our goal is to provide personalized care to address PTSD’s diverse symptoms and aid in the healing process. The emotional, physical, and relational well-being of our patients is a top priority in our trauma-informed treatment model.

How long does PTSD treatment typically last?

The duration of PTSD treatment varies based on individual needs and response to therapies. Typically, treatment can last several months to years. Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT) often involve weekly sessions spanning several months. Medication management, including SSRIs or Antipsychotics, may also last several months, adjusted according to individual response. Innovative therapies like Ketamine may have more immediate effects, but maintenance sessions could extend over months for sustained relief. The treatment duration is personalized, aiming to reduce symptoms and improve overall well-being. The EMDR treatment timeframe averages around three months. The duration of care is based on the nature of the condition being treated and the patient’s response to it.

Providers Who Work With This Condition

Wellness Psychiatry Therapy Provider Amanda Farell
Amanda Farrell

Amanda provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Amanda is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota before going on to become a Registered Nurse and PMHNP. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.

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Wellness Psychiatry Therapy Provider ellen hughes
Ellen Hughes

Ellen provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Ellen is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health purse Practitioner. She has her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She joined Wellness Psychiatry in November 2022 with the goal of providing compassionate, evidence-based care to a wide variety of patients.

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Wellness Psychiatry Provider Amy Prater
Amy Prater

Amy has special interest in perinatal mental health, mood disorders, ADHD, and working with teens, LGBTQ+ individuals and older adults. As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she strives to provide a caring relationship where each person can feel safe and accepted. Research increasingly supports an integrative approach to mental health care, which can include medication, therapy, nutritional support, and exploration of habits, history, and stressors. Amy will collaborate with you to find a treatment plan that is clinically appropriate and sensitive to your personal needs.

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Wellness Psychiatry Therapy Provider laura oconell
Laura Oconnell

Laura provides care in our Winter Park office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, BCBS, and the Grand County ACHES AND PAINS vouchers. Laura is Board Certified Family nurse practitioner. She returned to school to further her education and skills in psychiatric care thus working towards her psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

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