Author Archives: Brian Thompson

How long does treatment take?

I see most people with PTSD for 10-20 sessions. Within 10 sessions, clients generally have a sense of whether treatment is working for them. Many people have experienced multiple traumas–sometimes so many that they blur together. In these instances, treatment … Continue reading

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What causes PTSD?

A common question in the field is why some people develop PTSD after being traumatized and why some do not. There’s no shortage few theories that attempt to explain this. Some of these theories sound very sophisticated: they may make … Continue reading

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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

ACT (pronounced as one word, act) is a treatment in the cognitive behavioral tradition that focuses on learning to more effectively manage our distress and to move towards living a more meaningful life. In ACT, we begin at looking at … Continue reading

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What is Prolonged Exposure Therapy?

Prolonged Exposure or PE is a gold-standard treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder and has an exceptional research base. It provides a way for trauma survivors to both address painful thoughts and memories associated with trauma, as well as to re-engage … Continue reading

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Do you conduct assessments for PTSD?

We do not conduct formal assessments for PTSD in the sense of writing a report. Any assessment of PTSD is for treatment-purposes only. Consequently, for disability claims and legal cases, you may want to look for someone who specializes in … Continue reading

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Do you recover repressed trauma memories?

No. We do not deliberately try to recover repressed memories. In fact, Iwe would seriously question the competence and ethics of anyone who claims to do this—especially for those who claim to use hypnosis to recover memories. Although there are … Continue reading

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Resources

Trauma/PTSD related sites: National Center for PTSD Gift from Within Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network MaleSurvivor: National Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization NIMH: Coping with Traumatic Events Betrayal Trauma and Shame related sites: Blog Post on Trauma and Shame … Continue reading

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