PTSD is a complex mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing trauma. It is characterized by a range of distressing symptoms that can significantly affect daily functioning and overall well-being. You don’t have to face PTSD alone. Take the brave step towards healing and renewal with Monarchs Therapy. Our dedicated therapist, Judith Verduzco, LCSW, MPA, is committed to helping individuals overcome the impact of trauma and find hope in their lives.
PTSD can develop after exposure to any traumatic event, causing disturbing thoughts, feelings, and other mental or physical distress. These conditions deeply alter the way people think and feel, often causing an increase in their fight-or-flight response, creating attempts to avoid trauma-related cues and disturbing thoughts. This condition can also easily contribute to developing other mental health conditions, such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
However, its symptoms are often recognizable, varying in intensity and intensity, and fall into four main categories:
- Intrusive Thoughts: Defined byRecurrent and distressing memories, flashbacks, or nightmares related to the traumatic event.
- Avoidance: Avoiding activities, places, or people associated with the trauma, along with a diminished interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Hyperarousal: Feeling constantly on edge, experiencing heightened startle responses, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty concentrating.
- Negative Mood and Cognition: Persistent negative thoughts, feelings of guilt or shame, loss of interest, and a sense of detachment from others.
At Monarchs Therapy, we offer evidence-based treatments to help individuals recover from PTSD by creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment is essential for individuals with PTSD. We help clients establish a sense of safety, build resilience, and develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage triggers and promote emotional stability:
- Individual Therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe and confidential space for individuals to work through trauma-related issues. Our therapist, trained in trauma-focused approaches, helps clients process their traumatic experiences, develop healthy coping strategies, and reduce PTSD symptoms.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with PTSD. It helps individuals develop coping skills, reframe negative beliefs, and gradually face avoided situations or triggers.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: EMDR therapy is particularly effective for individuals with PTSD. It incorporates bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, to facilitate the processing and reintegration of traumatic memories, reducing distress and promoting healing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, know that healing is possible. Contact Monarchs Therapy at (818) 741-1221 to schedule an appointment with our experienced therapist. Our compassionate approach, utilizing individual therapy, CBT, and EMDR therapy, aims to help individuals navigate recovery and regain control over their lives.