Do you have PTSD?
You may have PTSD if you have experienced significant traumatic events in your life.
The first criteria of PTSD is to have experienced what were or felt like life-threatening traumatic events.
You may have been a witness to violence. Your job may have entailed repeated exposure to traumatic events through various media (graphic, telephone, video).
Exposure may be experienced directly or through the violent or accidental death of a loved one (i.e., violent murder of a child).
You may have had a difficult childhood or suffered abuse by someone in your community. Sexual abuse, implicit or explicit, human trafficking, abuse in foster care, spiritual or religious abuse are some forms of abuse that can result in PTSD and chronic difficulties in relationship, self-esteem, abandonment issues, and other problems.
Symptoms may be acute, chronic, or delayed (sometimes by many years) and often go unrecognized. Individuals with symptoms PTSD often do not recognize that they have symptoms and attribute their concerns to something else even with the tremendous growth in public awareness about PTSD and trauma.
It is possible to get on the road to recovery and wellness and improve many aspects of your life and relationships. Many people struggle with how to do this and require professional help to navigate the roads of the recovery, a process that spans the lifetimes, ideally in a positive and empowering way.
I chose to specialize in PTSD early in my career because I saw it as one of the main issues and underpinnings for emotional distress, severe mood swings, relationship problems, and isolation that people often experience. PTSD is more than a diagnosis and it can take significant time in therapy to learn to trust and work through complex emotional dilemmas.
My services include both individual, couples, and group counseling that incorporates a theoretical framework about PTSD that is highly useful whether or not you choose to work through past issues or focus on present concerns.