At West Hollywood Psychology, therapy for PTSD is a collaborative effort. Dr. Jennifer Oeding, PhD is a licensed and knowledgable Los Angeles PTSD Psychologist that implements her therapy in a safe and supportive environment. HerÂ Los Angeles PTSD therapy offers you the opportunity to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. Together, we will work to identify and change the mental, emotional, and/or behavioral patterns that are preventing you from feeling your best.
Since many traumatic events are kept private, it’s often difficult for people with PTSD to admit they need help. We here at West HollywoodÂ Psychology understand and acknowledge the arduousness of discussing these painful memories. For this reason, we make sure our clients know they’re among professionals, and everything discussed with your Los Angeles PTSD Psychologist will be confidential and non-judgmental. You have our promise.
According to The Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs, “An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year.”
You remember a time when you used to sleep soundly and your bed was a happy, welcoming place where you dreamed every night? Well if you suffer from post traumatic stress disorder normal sleep patterns, daily interactions and intimate relationships can become stressful and unmanageable. Please know you are not alone and seeking a trained and licensed Los Angeles PTSD therapist is your first step in regaining control of you life. At Weho Psychology we offer compassionate and professional Los Angeles PTSD Therapy to those that suffer from such afflictions.
Things you used to enjoy doing now trigger flashbacks. You feel on-guard at all times, building up walls around you that unintentionally keep out the people who love you the most. Like most people, you had goals, aspirations, and places you wanted to visit. All of thatÂ seems impossible now, as the memories of your tragic event debilitate you from focusing on anything else. You have Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and you’re ready to seek help.
The scenario above generalizes some of the typical symptoms of PTSD, a common psychological disorder that affects millions of Americans each year. While most people are familiar with PTSD in the context of our brave men and women in the armed forces returning home from war,Â anyone who has experienced a traumatic event canÂ suffer from the disorder as well. Luckily, more and more people with PTSD are finding relief in the form of prolonged exposure psychotherapy.
The Mayo Clinic defines post-traumatic stress disorder as:
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event â€” either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD â€” with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD.
Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.”
Symptoms of PTSD include:
PTSD therapy involves a series of conversations between the client and a highly trained Los Angeles PTSD Psychologist. They create a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where you can feel comfortable discussing the feelings you’ve been keeping bottled up for so long.
Dr. Oeding usesÂ Prolonged Exposure Therapy to help patients face the thoughts, places, people, and feelings they’ve been avoiding due to PTSD. By addressing these issues over and over, we can get to the heart of what makes them stressful. As a result, these issues begin to lose their distressing powers, allowing clients to take back control of their lives.