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What Is PTSD and How Can Mental Health Therapy Help?

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. These events can include natural disasters, accidents, physical or sexual assault, combat, and emotional abuse. Bonmente offers technology-forward psychiatric care that focuses on treating patients with PTSD and improving their quality of life. Here are some of the ways mental health therapy can help those who are struggling with PTSD:

Identifying Triggers

People who struggle with PTSD may experience triggers or events that remind them of the traumatic event they experienced. These triggers may cause intense emotional distress, leading to flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD. A therapist uses evidence-based methods to identify and develop coping strategies for these triggers. Bonmente’s practitioners use psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help patients identify and manage their triggers. 

Learning Coping Mechanisms

A therapist teaches you coping skills to manage stress and anxiety associated with PTSD. These skills might include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and emotional regulation strategies. Addressing PTSD requires professional intervention, and therapists develop a toolkit to equip individuals with the skills to overcome symptoms. Based on your unique experiences and symptoms, Bonmente therapists will tailor techniques to find a method that will work best for you.

Restoring Self-esteem

Mental health therapy helps individuals reclaim their sense of self-worth and self-esteem that the traumatic event may have damaged. Therapists also work towards helping individuals recognize their strengths and achievements. Acceptance and compassion are components of rebuilding a positive self-image.  At Bonmente, we prioritize helping clients rebuild their self-esteem and empowering them to see their worth beyond their trauma.

Processing Traumatic Events

Therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to process their traumatic experiences. With the help of therapists, patients explore their thoughts and feelings surrounding the event and work towards understanding how it has impacted their lives. It focuses on self-reflection and helps individuals gain a new perspective on their trauma. This can lead to healing and growth, allowing individuals to move forward in a healthy way. A psychiatrist works with individuals to process their trauma in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner.

Building a Support Network

A mental health clinic connects individuals with a strong support network. Building relationships with others who have experienced similar trauma is helpful in the recovery process. These connections allow individuals to feel understood and supported, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Accepting support from loved ones and trained professionals can help individuals feel less alone in their journey toward healing. At Bonmente, we encourage our clients to build a strong support network to aid in their recovery process. 

Embrace Mental Health Therapy

Mental health therapy can be a powerful tool for healing and addressing post-traumatic stress disorder. The benefits of seeking therapy include improved coping skills, increased self-awareness and insight, and stronger control over thoughts and emotions. Meeting with a trained mental health professional can also provide individuals with techniques and strategies to manage symptoms and improve well-being. At Bonmente, we are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized therapy sessions tailored to their specific needs and goals. Reach out to our team today to get started.

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