PTSD Counseling & Therapy in Colorado

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition characterized by an onset of anxiety-related symptoms in response to a traumatic event. PTSD can develop in response to an event in which a patient is exposed to a dangerous or life-threatening event, whether real or perceived and persists to the point of disruption in the patient's life.

While PTSD is popularly associated with military veterans and other personnel exposed to violence, PTSD can develop in any situation where the patient feels a threat to their safety. Common situations which may induce PTSD include:

  • Serious accidents
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Abuse, including childhood or domestic abuse
  • Loss of a family member or loved one
  • Health crises, such as a serious illness or admittance to an intensive care unit

PTSD can even occur with secondhand exposure to dangerous or traumatic events. 911 operators and first responders, in particular, are at an increased risk of developing PTSD due to the stressful nature of their jobs and the terrifying situations which they are regularly exposed to.

Trauma & PTSD Therapists in Colorado

Randal Thomas, SWC

Randal Thomas, SWC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Cassondra Chagnon, LPCC

Cassondra Chagnon, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 481-3518
Laura Brinkman, MA, LPCC

Laura Brinkman, MA, LPCC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Derek Bonds, LPC

Derek Bonds, LPC

Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Sarah Lawler, LPC

Sarah Lawler, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 203-7021
Katie (Kate) Castillo, MS, LPCC

Katie (Kate) Castillo, MS, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Mallory Heise, LPC, LAC

Mallory Heise, LPC, LAC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Heather Comensky, LPC

Heather Comensky, LPC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Sherry Rice, LPCC, ADDC

Sherry Rice, LPCC, ADDC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Carrie Nelson, MS, LPCC

Carrie Nelson, MS, LPCC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424

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Symptoms of PTSD 

PTSD is closely related to other mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and as a result, often shares many symptoms with these conditions. People who struggle with PTSD often face a variety of frightening symptoms, such as:

  • Flashbacks to the traumatic event
  • Dissociation from one's body, or a feeling of being "unreal"
  • Depression and a lack of interest in life
  • Panic attacks and other symptoms of anxiety
  • Recurring, unwanted and distressing thoughts of the event
  • Avoidance of places or people that remind you of the event
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Anger and irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as substance abuse
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Suicidal thoughts

Symptoms of PTSD can differ from patient to patient, and likewise can vary in intensity over time. While patients may go through periods where their symptoms seem to abate, PTSD itself often doesn't get better without treatment. 

The stigma associated with the condition often prevents patients from seeking treatment, which in turn creates needless suffering in individuals who have been exposed to trauma.

Not everyone who is exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD, but experiencing traumatic events of any kind will always increase your risk of developing PTSD. 

Although PTSD is a situational condition determined by exposure to a dangerous or traumatic event, genetics can increase one's susceptibility to PTSD. Often, PTSD is comorbid with other mental health conditions, such as depression.

 

Getting Help for PTSD at Overcomers Colorado Springs

If you've been exposed to a traumatic event of any kind and believe you may have PTSD, there is help. PTSD, while a distressing and serious condition, is highly treatable with the proper care. The complex nature of PTSD often makes treatment more complex than that of other mental health conditions, but most patients who seek the proper treatment for their condition are able to effectively recover and find relief from their symptoms.

Talk therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is the primary form of treatment for PTSD, although many patients find that psychiatric patients such as antidepressants can greatly help with their symptoms in the short term. 

Anti-anxiety medications may additionally be of help, although the addictive nature of these medications makes them unsuited for long-term use. 

Additionally, many people who struggle with PTSD often abuse drugs such as alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. "Treatments" such as these only make the problem worse in the long-term, and further the suffering of those afflicted, as well as complicating the treatment course. This is why it is crucial to seek help from a qualified professional if you believe you are suffering from PTSD.

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Why it is Important for Colorado Citizens to Get PTSD Treatment

In Colorado, citizens dealing with PTSD symptoms like avoidance behaviors, intrusive memories, and emotional numbness need to seek treatment. PTSD treatment is critical because it helps individuals address their past trauma, manage PTSD symptoms, and regain control of their lives.

A comprehensive treatment plan typically involves various types of therapy sessions including trauma therapy, group therapy, family therapy sessions, and art therapy. Trauma therapy is particularly useful in treating PTSD as it allows the individual to confront and process traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

Group therapy and family therapy sessions provide a platform for sharing experiences and learning coping skills from others who are dealing with similar issues. Art therapy offers a unique and creative outlet for expressing underlying traumas and negative beliefs that may be hard to verbalize.

Several PTSD treatment programs also include medication management as part of the overall treatment plan. Medication can help manage co-occurring disorders such as anxiety disorder and other mental illnesses that often accompany PTSD, a condition known as dual diagnosis.

More intensive options like residential treatment and outpatient programs are available for those with severe PTSD symptoms or self-destructive behaviors. These programs offer a more immersive healing process with access to therapies like prolonged exposure therapy, which gradually exposes the individual to thoughts, feelings, and situations related to the trauma.

Importantly, it's essential to accurately diagnose PTSD and any co-occurring disorders to receive comprehensive treatment. This ensures that all aspects of an individual's mental health are addressed, including any underlying issues that could hinder recovery.

Receiving PTSD treatment in Colorado is vital for:

  • Managing PTSD symptoms and co-occurring disorders
  • Processing past trauma in a safe and supportive environment
  • Learning coping skills through various therapy options
  • Treating PTSD through comprehensive treatment programs
  • Addressing mental health issues related to trauma, such as anxiety disorder and dual diagnosis
  • Preventing self-destructive behaviors and promoting a healthier lifestyle.


By seeking treatment, Colorado citizens dealing with PTSD can start their journey towards recovery and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. 

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Remember, the trauma you've been exposed to is NOT your fault. These terrifying symptoms are the brain's way of coping with very real danger. The stigma associated with conditions such as PTSD can be additionally traumatizing, and it is with this in mind that we at Overcomers Counseling of Colorado Springs approach our empathetic, individual-based treatment modalities.

We understand what an enormous struggle recovery from trauma can be. If you're ready to reach out and take the first step on your journey to recovery, we at Overcomers Counseling are here with a safe, empathetic community dedicated to helping you get better. Call 719-345-2424.

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May 25th, 2024

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