Traumatic events can occur directly or can be experienced vicariously through seeing loved ones or others abused or harmed. An example of vicarious experiences that cause PTSD may be seeing one's parent physically abused by a partner, a person's close or repeated exposure to events such as a serious car accident, or workplace environments for law enforcement or military personnel. In addition to the symptoms above, many clients with PTSD have the negative experience of feeling shameful or guilty about the cause of their PTSD diagnosis, persistent negative beliefs about self, a sense of detachment from others, and lowered interest in activities or people that used to bring them joy and comfort. These clients are thus not only subjected to the event that caused their trauma but are then additionally attacking themselves emotionally and cognitively in a way that promotes continued struggles and hardship.
PTSD is not just the 'typical' response to a frightening or negative event but is a serious mental health disorder that impacts a person for over a month and has a profound effect on their ability to enjoy everyday life. At BlueSky Behavioral Health, LLC, we have trained professionals to support clients with PTSD and help them move forward with treatment related to their trauma. Through the use of several modalities, BlueSky effectively addresses the damaging effects of trauma and provides caring treatment.
Treatment can include:
- Medication management;
- Group therapy;
- Trauma groups with the presence of a therapy dog;
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) https://blueskyrecovery.com/dialectical-behavior-therapy-treatment/ to increase coping skills;
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR);
- Individual therapy with a focus on resilience; and,
- Referrals to local community support when needed (e.g. Women's Center).
BlueSky clinicians understand the overwhelming impact trauma can have on clients and provide the support and treatment necessary.
PTSD does not need to exert control over your life. BlueSky can help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and provide the necessary skills and support to deal with the effects of trauma effectively.