Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Types and Treatment

by | Dec 29, 2022

PTSD Therapy in Chicago Illinois

Post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying past event — either experiencing it or witnessing the event. According to the National Center for PTSD, six percent of the population suffer from a form of PTSD – and these are only the cases that have been diagnosed. Many people with PTSD fail to get help, and some speculate this cohort reflects 20%+ of the population.

There are several types of PTSD, and there are also several ways people seek treatment for their trauma. If you live in Illinois or the Chicagoland area and are looking for the best trauma therapy, then it will be helpful to gain a firm understanding of the many types of PTSD, treatment solutions and where to seek the best therapy/counseling.

When Should I Seek a Trauma Therapy Center for PTSD?

Ace Counseling Group located in Illinois / Chicagoland area, offers virtual PTSD therapy with its expert therapists and the specific types of post-traumatic stress disorder treatable. Five common forms of PTSD therapies include:

  1. Addiction therapy
  2. EMDR counseling
  3. Somatic experiencing
  4. Brainspotting
  5. Havening therapy

Let’s explore these five types of trauma therapies and how they are used to treat various forms of PTSD in greater detail.

Do I Need Addiction Therapy?

Addiction therapy treats people suffering from anxiety surrounding addiction. Addiction leaves a person’s body brimming with pain and anxiety. A therapist generally will recommend the right type of addiction therapy for a specific client. Treatment plans are reviewed by the therapist and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs as the process evolves and the client heals.

Do I Need EMDR Counseling?

EMDR (“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”) is a form of psychotherapy with the goal of relieving patients who suffer from traumatic memories. EMDR counseling is a very structured type of therapy that encourages the inflicted person to – momentarily – (i) focus on his/her trauma-rich memory and (ii) experience bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements. The bilateral stimulation is associated with minimization in both the intensity and emotional sustenance associated with the traumatic event and the memories it created.

Do I Need Somatic Experiencing Therapy?

Somatic experiencing therapy is grounded on the foundation that trauma gets strapped in one’s body and for that reason, symptoms of PTSD begin to surface. Trained practitioners use this method to release tension and anxiety from the client’s body. Somatic experiencing therapy is effective in treating a wide range of PTSD types, though most clients who benefit from this therapy have been through physical trauma such as domestic violence or sexual assault. Trauma therapists who excel at conducting somatic experiencing help their clients gain an increased sense of awareness of his/her internal experience/sensations.

Do I Need Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting is a therapeutic technique that accesses trauma trapped in the part of the brain responsible for emotions, learning, consciousness and motion. This technique detects spots in the client’s vision while practitioners work to help him/her process memories and the feelings associated with them to cast the trapped trauma from the mind.

Do I Need Havening Therapy?

Havening therapy relies on amygdala depotentiation that helps clients with anxiety due to PTSD, phobias and stress. Havening therapy uses a wide range of touches on the upper body that incorporates visualization and eye movement. This approach helps a client cope with trauma, physical pain, anxiety and stress.

Book Virtual Trauma Therapy with Ace Counseling Group

Book your trauma therapy session today with Ace Counseling Group.  Trauma counseling can help you discover skills and improve coping strategies to better respond to reminders and emotions associated with the traumatic event.