Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes long-term symptoms and reactions to reminders of your trauma, but it can improve with the right care. Based in Katy, Texas, Cari Lister LPC provides virtual counseling appointments with a trauma-focused approach. To schedule an appointment for PTSD, call Cari’s office or book a consultation online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects your mental health in response to some terrifying or horrific event or circumstance. You may have lived through such an event, witnessed the aftermath, or heard about it in detail. In any case, the long-lasting effects of trauma can last for many years or even the rest of your life.
Countless events and circumstances can lead to PTSD, including:
Whether the event directly or indirectly affected you, you can experience severe effects on your mental health. PTSD often develops alongside other mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.
PTSD symptoms belong to four different categories. Cari evaluates your symptoms and the impact they have on your well-being. The specific groups of PTSD symptoms are:
Flashbacks, recurring memories, and nightmares are examples of the intrusive thoughts that come with PTSD for many people who have it. Some are so intense you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic event.
With PTSD, you may go to great lengths to avoid discussing or thinking about your trauma. You might stay away from anything that reminds you of it, including people, places, pictures, or objects.
Multiple negative moods can stem from trauma as part of PTSD. You might experience guilt, shame, fear, hopelessness, detachment, or numbness.
Arousal symptoms include emotional or physical reactions you didn’t have before you developed PTSD, such as angry outbursts and self-destructive behaviors.
Cari Lister LPC specializes in providing trauma-focused care for PTSD, regardless of your age or the cause of your trauma. With regular virtual appointments, you meet with Cari to discuss your feelings and the effects of your trauma that stand out every day.
Cari chooses a counseling approach she feels will be the most beneficial to you in the long term and will help you develop the necessary coping skills to recover. She also addresses any additional mental health conditions that develop alongside PTSD.
Popular counseling techniques for trauma include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps you recognize and change your patterns in thinking, and exposure therapy. Exposure therapy trains you to encounter triggers so you can overcome your fear of the traumatic event.
If you’re interested in counseling for PTSD and trauma, schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.