Types of Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nancy Bohl-Penrod, PhD, provides mental health and counseling services in and near San Bernardino, California. While Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod has worked with many different types of individuals, she specializes in working with those who provide emergency services, such as firefighters, paramedics, and police officers.

It is not uncommon for emergency personnel to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after a particularly frightening or traumatic event. A number of different treatment methods exist for PTSD. One of the more common methods, cognitive behavioral therapy, is widely considered to be one of the most effective. This type of therapy involves making connections between thinking patterns and stressful emotions.

Other treatment approaches to PTSD include exposure therapy and group therapy. In exposure therapy, the individual talks about the event or perhaps, over time, visits the location of the event in order to fear it less. In group therapy, the individual shares his thoughts with others who have experienced something similar. Talking with a therapist about treatment options can help a person with PTSD begin the type of therapy that is right for her and get her life back.

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