• How to Find a PTSD Therapist

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    If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with PTSD, it’s important to find a good therapist who understands trauma. Finding a therapist who treats PTSD can be stressful. It’s hard to know where to start and what to look for. There are a number of traditional and alternative treatments for PTSD. Wanda Sanchez and I found fast and effective treatment at Intensive Trauma Therapy in Morgantown, West Virginia. Here are a few tips.

    Use the power of the Internet.

    Several sites provide search engines for medical health providers, including About.com. Check out the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, as well as the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Those who are looking for faith-based counselors may want to consult the American Association for Christian Counselors. Just be sure to look for a therapist who specializes in treating PTSD.

    Ask for recommendations.

    People who’ve struggled with PTSD know the unique challenges of this battle. They also know how difficult it can be to find effective treatment. Ask friends if they know people who would recommend their therapist or clinic for the treatment of PTSD. This is how Wanda and I found a lesser-known but highly effective treatment that worked for her after other approaches had failed. You may also want to ask your physician if they can recommend therapists or treatments known to be effective in your community.

    Talk to local mental health support groups.

    Local support groups can be a great resource for people struggle with mental health issues. The National Alliance for Mental Illness has multiple offices in every state. Check and see where the nearest support group is available to you and how they can help direct you to resources. They may also be able to provide PTSD treatment referrals.

    Call a state university that conducts mental health research.

    Ask for referrals to mental health professionals who are doing work with PTSD in your area. And always ask the person you’re talking to if they can recommend anyone else as an additional resource for information.

    When you contact a therapist you’re considering as your provider, be sure to be proactive. You’re ultimately in charge or your treatment, so  ask questions:

    • Are you licensed?
    • What is your training background?
    • How many clients with PTSD have you treated and are your currently treating?
    • What is your particular approach to the treatment of PTSD?
    • What do you charge?
    • How do you stay current on research in PTSD?
    • What kind of success do you see with your clients? In what typical time frame?
    • What do you envision as a plan for my treatment?

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