Even events that happened decades ago can still have an impact, and no battlefield is required. PTSD isn’t just for soldiers. Trauma can come from many life events. Sexual or physical abuse, growing up around domestic violence, a life threatening illness or accident. And these things don’t have to happen to you. Simply witnessing one of these events happen to someone can leave you feeling traumatized.
Far too often I see people who have been diagnosed and treated for anxiety disorders, depression, ADD/ADHD, and/or bipolar disorder when what they’re really dealing with is PTSD. That’s a big problem because, while PTSD can include many of the same symptoms, treating these symptoms as if they were the diagnosis rarely leads to successful treatment. The problem is that trauma impacts and disorganizes the brain. True recovery from PTSD requires an approach that helps the brain reorganize and calms the brains oversensitive emotional alarm system.
The good news is that is completely possible. I’m Richland Mental Health Counselor, Joe Streetman, PhD LMHC and I’m an expert in the treatment of PTSD, utilizing two of the most powerful tools available to help clients overcome the depression, anxiety, and constant state of fear that trauma creates. With the combination of EMDR and Neurotherapy, PTSD doesn’t stand a chance. I learned neurofeedback from Sebern Fisher, MA who literally wrote the book on neurofeedback as a trauma treatment, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. I’ve also attended lectures and workshops from Bessel van der Kolk, MD, and Bruce Perry,MD, two of the countries leading trauma experts. I’ve helped dozens of clients recover from a lifetime of trauma, often in just a few sessions, and I can help you too.
A note about developmental trauma.
Developmental trauma refers to trauma that occurs early in the developmental process. Trauma that occurs during critical periods of brain development, often before language development, can be even more disruptive and disorganizing to the brain. It can come from many of the sources mentioned above but can also include things like the illness of a parent, separation from birth parents, or serious medical conditions in the developing child. Developmental trauma shows up in a different way, often lacking many of the classic symptoms of PTSD like nightmares and flashbacks. But, it is even more critical to treat developmental trauma with brain based approaches like neurotherapy. Don’t trust your care or the care of your child to someone who doesn’t understand developmental trauma.
If you’re serving or have served in US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, Dr Streetman offers free treatment for PTSD. Regardless of whether your trauma is related to active combat duty or other military experience. This is a no strings attached offer as space is available. Dr Streetman is a member of the Homecoming For Veterans network and volunteers his time and service to support the brave men and women who have bravely served our country. CALL (509) 946-6444 or TEXT (509) 946-6444 to schedule an appointment or to learn more. Let’s talk about how things can get better.