Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is it?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event which results in psychological trauma.

Often this is the result of a severe event that may involve the threat of death to oneself or a loved one, or any sort of harm to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity.

Such a trauma can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope.

What are some of the symptoms of PTSD?

According to the DSM-IV (the standard used in the US by doctors to diagnose any conditions of the mind), a person with PTSD has undergone an event that involved intense fear, horror, or helplessness. Patients experience one or more of the following: flashback memories, recurring distressing dreams, subjective re-experiencing of the traumatic event(s), or intense negative psychological or physiological response to any reminder of the traumatic event(s).

Patients often experience avoidance of certain issues and emotional numbing:

  • avoidance of certain thoughts or feelings associated with the trauma, or talking about the event(s)
  • avoiding behaviours, places, or people that might lead to distressing memories
  • inability to recall major parts of the trauma(s)
  • decreased involvement in significant life activities;
  • diminished ability, up to complete inability, to feel certain feelings
  • Expecting that one’s future will be somehow abnormally limited.

Patients also frequently complain of difficulty sleeping, or problems with anger, concentration, or being high-strung.

What can CBT offer for PTSD?

Cognitive-Behaviourial Therapy seeks to change the way a trauma victim feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking, behaviour, or both, that are responsible for the negative emotions. In CBT, individuals learn to identify thoughts that make them feel afraid or upset and replace them with less distressing thoughts. The goal is to understand how certain thoughts about events cause PTSD-related stress. There are many specific subtypes that our staff is trained in, such as Exposure therapy and Cognitive Processing therapy, depending on the specific person.

Time and again, CBT has proven to be the most effective means of treatment, and is the “Gold Standard” of treatment for PTSD by the US Department of Defense in the treatment of war veterans.

Why remote CBT?

There are many reasons why Remote CBT is better than a traditional in-person appointment:

  • You set the appointment most convenient for you, rather than have to fit in someone else’s schedule.
  • Availability of highly-trained and nationally-accredited therapists no matter where your geographic location.
  • Save time and money by skipping travel.
  • Comfort of the environment you set, such as your own home.
  • The availability of followup and instant access to a counsellor, whenever you need.

What are your staff’s accreditations?

Our staff are board-certified doctors and therapists, accredited by the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, National Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists, and local state medical boards. We adhere to national guidelines and accreditations, and our staff have a combined decades of experience.