“I never realized that I had PTSD until I searched for help.  Dr. Hacker was a godsend. I no longer feel shame or fear, and all of my relationships have improved tremendously as well!” 

What is ptsd?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, an unexpected death, an accident, war and combat, or a natural disaster. Families of victims, emergency personnel, rescue workers or law enforcement can also develop PTSD.

sYMPTOMS OF ptsd

Symptoms of PTSD often are grouped into four main categories, including:

  • Reliving: People with PTSD repeatedly relive the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares.

  • Avoidance: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma.

  • Increased arousal: Excessive emotions; relationship problems including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being "jumpy" or easily startled.

  • Negative Cognition’s and Mood: This refers to thoughts and feelings related to blame, estrangement, and memories of the traumatic event.

  • Symptoms of PTSD often are grouped into four main categories, including:

    • Reliving: People with PTSD repeatedly relive the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares. They also may feel great distress when certain things remind them of the trauma, such as the anniversary date of the event.

    • Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed.

    • Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being "jumpy" or easily startled. The person may also suffer physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, nausea, and diarrhea.

    • Negative Cognitions and Mood: This refers to thoughts and feelings related to blame, estrangement, and memories of the traumatic event.

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ptsd recovery

What I can do to help you heal from PTSD is to use my skills and experience to work with your nervous system and your brain to help rewire linkages that are causing you emotional pain and giving you trouble in your relationships.  Working together, we can address symptoms in your mind, body, and spirit that can free you from the long term unwanted effects of trauma.

 Treatment Options for PTSD:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - helps with emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT skills can help you regulate and articulate in a healthy way.

  • EMDR - helps with reprogramming the brain.

  • Mindfulness Meditation - a tool you can learn to use daily to help calm your nervous system and help you think more clearly.

  • Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping therapy - simple skills that can be used anytime anywhere to reduce anxiety, negative feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.

  • Energy work such as Reiki or Healing Touch Therapy.

  • Medication - helps about 20% in symptom reduction, but are sometimes needed.

Depression and anxiety often accompany ptsd.  

***It is very important you find the right therapist for you, and that you find one who actually does have the training and experience to help you heal.  There are so many people who call themselves trauma therapists.  Trauma informed care, Complex PTSD, and Integrative therapy are all current buzz words/phrases in the mental health field.  Look into the training and experience of anyone you choose to help you with symptoms of trauma, dissociation, depression, and anxiety.