Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Team at Long Island Counseling Services
A traumatic event can continue to challenge you long after it has occurred. Long Island Counseling Services supports patients who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with evidence based treatments that will help you to relieve trauma response symptoms, process past experiences, and complete the final steps in your recovery after an uncomfortable event.
LCIS works with patients of all ages from our offices in Bellmore, NY and Melville, NY, as well as offering remote therapy for patients located anywhere in the state of New York. We are a team of therapists with different members on our team who specialize in PTSD and supporting different ages and populations, making it possible to find for us to match you with the therapist who will provide the help that you need. Start the therapy process with a call to (631) 380-3299 or send a message through the form.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and How Does Our Team Help
When you live through or witness a harrowing event, such as one that causes you to fear for your life or causes you to feel stressed for a long period of time, your body and mind have a strong response. This is a survival instinct that gets you through a challenging situation, but it can take a toll on your mental health.
Some of the most common experiences that cause PTSD include:
- Car Accidents
- Childhood Abuse
- Abusive Relationships
- Sexual Assault
- Military Combat
- Break In or Mugging
- Near Drowning Experiences
When you are living through one of these experiences, your body and mind have an intense stress response. For some people, this can be extreme enough that they will continue to experience the effects of the trauma in the form of post traumatic stress disorder.
There is no clear way to determine who will experience PTSD and what events will cause it. At Long Island Counseling Services, we take the time to understand how PTSD is affecting you and the experiences that have led to PTSD. We can use this information to develop a treatment plan.
How We Treat PTSD on Long Island
There are multiple psychotherapy approaches that are effective against PTSD, including both the immediate symptoms that are leading you to struggle and the underlying causes of PTSD that may be encouraging your condition to persist. Our therapists for PTSD draw on different methods such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Psychodynamic Theory, and More
In our treatment, we also take a comprehensive approach. The struggles of living with PTSD can often prompt other mental health conditions as well. We will make sure that we are providing treatment that addresses all of the different issues you may be experiencing as a result of post traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms can appear in the months following a traumatic experience or they may not occur for several years. They can start to fade on their own after time, but other times it will feel like you are stuck and continuously experiencing these issues:
- Increased Mood Swings – PTSD can cause a range of emotional responses, often making people with PTSD tend to more often feel tend to feel angry, irritable, sad, and on edge more often than they did before a traumatic experience.
- Invasive Memories – PTSD can cause you to often relive moments of the experience, sometimes vividly enough that it feels like you are back there. Other times, they occur as nightmares or intrusive thoughts while you are awake.
- Panic Attacks – Panic attacks are a common symptom of PTSD. These are intense emotional and physical responses where you have an intense feeling of fear, elevated heart rate, sweating, dizziness, and other strong symptoms for a period of a few minutes.
- Behavioral Changes – PTSD can lead to behavioral changes such as reckless behavior, a greater tendency towards substance abuse, and other changes to previous behavior.
- Avoiding Places or Situations – Because of the strong emotional response of PTSD, the disorder can often prompt people to avoid situations that bring back memories or are likely to have triggers that could cause panic attacks.
In addition to the symptoms of PTSD, those experiencing this condition often have a high risk of experiencing an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety, and depression as a result of the emotional turmoil that trauma caused or in response to the different struggles that living with PTSD entails.
All of these different symptoms can make getting from day to day a challenge, or simply cause interruptions in different areas of your life. Therapy for PTSD on Long Island helps you regain control of your mental health. We teach coping skills to provide immediate relief from symptoms and use different techniques to process memories and change the beliefs that you hold about them. Through this work with your therapist, PTSD you will have less of a hold over you.
Start Reclaiming Your Mental Health with Long Island Counseling Service
Long Island Counseling Services provides PTSD treatment for adults, teens, and children. When you contact our office, we will first learn a little bit more about you and what your goals are for therapy so that we can pair you with one of the professional psychotherapists on our team and being the process of empowering you to improve your mental health after trauma.
Our in person therapy in Bellmore and Melville is easy to reach from many areas in Long Island, including Plainview, Oceanside, and Huntington. Our remote therapy for PTSD can also offer a viable alternative if you cannot make it to our offices.
Give us a call or send us a message through the form online to get started.