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Self-help books we recommend for trauma or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Choosing a self-help book from the vast number of choices can be really difficult. Here are some books that we frequently recommend to clients who are in therapy with us for trauma or PTSD. We hope you find them helpful: … Continue reading

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How long does treatment take?

Most people find that with 10 sessions that they generally have a sense of whether treatment is working for them. Most people can make significant progress within 20 sessions of therapy, but some need more. We take care to customize … 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 … Continue reading

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Do you recover repressed trauma memories?

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

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Links/Resources Related to Trauma

Trauma/PTSD related sites for the public: National Center for PTSD Gift from Within Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network MaleSurvivor: National Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization NIMH: Coping with Traumatic Events David Baldwin’s Trauma Pages   1 in 6 – Support … Continue reading

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