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Online Therapy for PTSD and CPTSD

Online Therapy for Trauma, PTSD and cPTSD

Getting Back to You: Help from an English-speaking, Certified Psychotherapist

Online Therapy for Trauma, PTSD and cPTSD

Trauma, PTSD and cPTSD: intense diagnoses but actually easier than most to deal with. Trauma work, whether is stems from a single incident like a rape or an attack on the street, or is comes from years of childhood neglect and abuse as is the case with cPTSD, must be handled slowly and gingerly. When I work with trauma, I go slow—very, very slow. You can’t rush trauma therapy. You can’t just “get over” these events with some quick sessions. We explore, we process, we take our time together. With trauma, I am very aware of the intensity of these experiences and so I proceed with caution; however, I do not hold back and try to run from them either—this would be leaving you, my client, in the same position that you are probably in already. Trauma work is gentle work. Let us tread lightly while keeping our eye on our goal: to finally end the re-traumatization, the flashbacks, the stress, the nervous responses, the hyper-vigilance, the strange emotional states. It’s possible and it’s worth it.

Sessions: Online Therapy for Trauma, PTSD and cPTSD

Sessions are 50 minutes, once a week. 6-12 sessions is a reasonable amount of time to expect to work in the beginning and to expect results.

Next steps

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How I work with Trauma, PTSD and cPTSD

I use a combination of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) to treat trauma, PTSD and cPTSD. All three are scientifically-validated methods for treating these conditions.

Online Therapy for PTSD/Trauma via Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is an empirically validated intervention, based on an integration of cognitive behavioral principles and Eastern mindfulness practices. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, who modified Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for psychiatric treatment. MBCT was developed to treat recurrent depression and reduce vulnerability of future depressive relapses. Adaptations for trauma survivors have shown support for significantly reducing trauma-related symptoms.

The empirical literature evaluating mindfulness training through MBCT demonstrates strong support for the reduction of depressive relapse; and findings suggest that this treatment also reduces anxiety symptoms and residual depression symptoms (Chiesa & Serretti, 2011; Fjorback, Arendt, Ørnbøl, Fink, & Walach, 2011; Galante, Iribarren, & Pearce, 2012; Piet & Hougaard, 2011). There is empirical support for interventions that incorporate mindfulness into treatment for trauma and PTSD (Follette, Palm, & Pearson, 2006; Follette & Vijay, 2009; Lee, Zaharlick, & Akers, 2009; Walser & Westrup, 2007). A variety of groups have studied MBCT as treatment for PTSD and shown support (King et al., 2013;King & Favorite, 2016; Sears, 2015; Sears & Chard, 2016).

Online Therapy for PTSD/Trauma via Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

It is argued that PTSD can be conceptualized as a disorder that is developed and maintained in traumatized individuals as a result of excessive, ineffective attempts to control unwanted thoughts, feelings, and memories, especially those related to the traumatic event(s). As ACT is a therapeutic method designed specifically to reduce experiential avoidance, it may be a treatment that is particularly suited for individuals with PTSD.

Online Therapy for PSTD/Trauma via Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)

The Internal Family Systems model understands that the body/mind is subdivided into various “parts.” This model describes way the psyche compartmentalizes into parts of the system. One large group of these parts are managers, or protectors of the system. They allow us to go on with our lives doing what we need to do, want to do. These parts are arranged so that the “exiles” of the system can be protected. If and when some thing gets to close to the exile and threatens to overwhelm the person another group of parts arises to make sure the exiles stay safe. These parts are called “firefighters.” Their job is to put the fire of pain out.

The underlying glue in which this system is held is in the “Self.” This energy of the self is has many qualities but can be described by a bunch of “c” words (they just happen to be all c’s!) care, compassion, curiosity, clarity, calmness, confidence, creativity, courage, and connectedness. For many people who have studied or used the IFS model this idea of the Self is compelling. For those of us with a meditation or spiritual practice it feels quite resonate. Many people find this model helpful in that it reinforces that there is more to you than just your PTSD symptoms. Knowing that there is a Self inside guiding them back home to themselves can be reassuring and calming.

I am very happy with our work together. Tidal helped me get through a rather unfortunate event in my life. He was very professional, concerned and knew how to work with my trauma. Therapy was a turning point that helped me move forward and get on with my life. It’s like a weight came off me and I can move on. I feel much better.
Tidal really let me open up about my stuff—even though I didn’t want to really! It’s scary to come in but it was totally worth it. Who wants to tell anyone about stuff like that? But it helped. So much. Thanks Tidal!

What sets me apart with my online therapy for PTSD work?

For the obvious, I work online. This is important for clients with PTSD and trauma. A stigma is still attached to PTSD and trauma. Many clients worry that others will discover that they see a therapist. Therefore, they prefer not to be seen entering an office. Second, from hyper-vigilance, many worry about going outside. So, visits to a therapist are out of the question.

The second thing that sets me apart is that I work with PTSD in a rigourous way. I follow a set of procedures to ensure my client's best outcome. Many therapists are oblivious to these procedures and talk without any clear direction. Yet, PTSD and trauma therapy works better when it is directive and clear.

I want to become a client. What should I do next?

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