Compassionate Counseling and PTSD Therapy Services in Silicon Valley
Have you experienced a traumatic event? Are you suffering from lingering fear and anxiety? Do you feel like you no longer have any control over how you think, feel, and behave? These may be signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. PTSD is a mental health challenge that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, ongoing neglect, sexual aggression, rape, bullying, verbal abuse, or any other violent personal assault. The trauma-informed therapists at Mindful Child & Family Therapy provide support for individuals with PTSD using evidence-based treatment options and a compassionate approach to facilitate healing.
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
People with PTSD often experience intense thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with PTSD also relive the event through flashbacks and nightmares. People with PTSD often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, and detachment from friends, family, and community members. They usually avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents, such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd, may elicit a strong and uncontrollable reaction.
How Common Is PTSD?
It is believed that PTSD affects nearly 4% of the U.S. adult population. PTSD occurs in all people regardless of age, race, nationality, or culture. In fact, women are twice as likely to experience PTSD than men.
How Can PTSD Therapy Help?
There are a variety of treatments that can be used to treat PTSD. However, three specific techniques are consistently gaining research-based evidence of their effectiveness in successfully treating PTSD. We use trauma-informed models, including the following:
- Internal Family Systems – This modality from the IFS Institute invites a person on a healing journey within. A therapist helps their client work with different parts of themselves that might be trying hard to "protect" the client from experiencing the traumatic event again. The therapist can help the client tap into the healing potential within themselves so the protective system can ultimately relax and trust the whole system more deeply.
- EMDR Therapy – EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. This technique uses bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements, to stimulate the brain to process difficult thoughts, memories, and emotions.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. The goal of a CBT therapist is to help a client with PTSD return to a place of hope with a greater sense of control over their thoughts and behaviors.
Our Approach to PTSD Therapy
The therapists at Mindful Child & Family Therapy are trauma-informed—not all therapists have had specific training in working with trauma. We get to the root of where the trauma originated, approaching each unique situation with sensitivity and respect. Our approach addresses the heart of the issue to facilitate healing and growth at a pace each client is comfortable with.
If you or a loved one struggles with PTSD and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to us. We have seen amazing transformations, believe in your resilience, and want to offer you the most effective treatments so you can enjoy your life again.
Reach Out to Mindful Child & Family Therapy
Mindful Child & Family Therapy provides empathetic PTSD therapy services in Silicon Valley and surrounding locations. Our compassionate clinicians can help you on your journey to healing with a variety of evidence-based therapies for PTSD. We also offer virtual therapy services. Contact us today and schedule your free 20-minute consultation!