Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
PTSD a mental health condition that's triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event in which bodily harm or sexual violence was threatened or perpetrated. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Psychotherapists at our counseling center are trained to address PTSD and complex trauma using a variety of evidenced-based treatments depending on what is appropriate. Among the treatments used are EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Traumatic Incident Reduction, Trauma-focused CBT and DBT-PE for clients who are active in our DBT counseling program.
DBT-PE (Prolonged Exposure) is a treatment created by expert researcher Dr. Melanie Harned who trained under Dr. Marsha Linehan and found that addressing PTSD symptoms earlier in treatment provided the best outcomes while also addressing other emotional and behavioral issues that result from chronic emotional dysregulation when in a DBT program. Before the advent of DBT-PE, clients were asked to wait until their suicidality, substance abuse and self-harm disappeared before beginning PTSD treatment which seemed to prolong client suffering. Treatment tends to last between 10-15 sessions 60-90 minute sessions and these sessions are scheduled in addition to the standard DBT protocol of 90-minute skills group and 50-minute individual DBT therapy sessions.
See www.dbtpe.org for more information.
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