How to Choose a PTSD Therapist
Jun 11, 2020
Anyone that suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms understands the struggle of finding a therapist that will understand your needs. While you can bounce around from person to person, there are a few things you can look for to help narrow down your options. Therapy services are not one-size-fits-all. You need a psychotherapist that will listen to you and help you through this time.
Symptoms of PTSD
If you suspect you are suffering from PTSD, but you aren't sure, there are a few symptoms to look for.
- Irritation or easy agitation
- Self-destructive behavior
Post-traumatic stress disorder is often the result of a traumatic event. Whatever it may be, you don't have to deal with your symptoms alone. There are several options for you, such as psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Whichever you decide on, you will need the help of a licensed therapist to work through your emotions. How do you decide on one when there are so many out there?
What to Look for in a Therapist
When you are searching for an office to begin therapy, take a look at their credentials. Don't be afraid to call ahead and ask questions like:
- Where were you educated? Are you licensed?
- How long have you been working?
- Do you take insurance?
- Do you prescribe medications?
- What are your fees?
These kinds of questions show that you are serious about your treatment. However, when you are looking for a PTSD therapist, there is one question you need to ask ahead of time.
What Kind of PTSD Treatments Do You Use?
Find out what kind of
treatments and methods they use to accommodate PTSD patients. Are these
methods proven effective when dealing with your kind of problems or
issues? Like with any therapy need, your PTSD treatment
will not be the same for someone else. A positive therapy experience
will help you deal with the symptoms listed above. It will also help you
find closure for the things that have happened to you or that have
caused you harm. The goal of any therapy session
is to leave with a feeling of understanding and peace.
For more information about PTSD therapy and if we may be right for you, contact us. We would love to be a resource to help you through this tough time.