Counseling for PTSD

Online Counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL and PSYPACT States

“Bad things happen to everyone, right? My experience wasn’t so bad. I lived through it, didn’t I? I’m sure other people have it much worse than me. I just need to move on.”

A photo depicts PTSD symptoms. This reflects concepts discussed in online PTSD treatment in Chicago, IL with Equipoise Teletherapy.

These sentiments probably reflect things you’ve told yourself over and over again. Something traumatic happened to you at some point in your life.

This thing could have been at any time. It might have been from your childhood. Or it might have been a more recent incident. Regardless, it almost feels as if the memory walks with you – haunting you. You feel like it’s changed your life.

You’ve grown more distant, irritable, or mistrustful of others. Often, you feel scared and afraid for your safety in situations where you didn’t before. Most of the time, it doesn’t feel like you’re in control of your emotions. Before you know it, you find yourself blowing up over the smallest things. What’s more, your sleep is regularly disrupted by intense nightmares. 

This is exhausting, draining, and life-altering. If this sounds familiar, you may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (also known as PTSD).

Luckily, online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL may be your light at the end of the tunnel.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a diagnosis that can result from experiencing trauma, or multiple traumas. Typically, a traumatic event is an event that leaves us feeling genuinely fearful for our lives. To be blunt, these are the situations that we don’t know if we’re going to live through. We feel intense fear, often to an unimaginably high level.

However, these feelings don’t always stay with the situation. Instead, individuals that have PTSD can feel fearful long after the event(s) have happened. What’s more, this leads to a change in our behaviors, daily routines, and choices.

Often, individuals with PTSD go to great lengths to avoid triggering situations. And if they find themselves in the situation, it requires a great deal of effort and anguish to get through it. In addition, there’s typically a noticeable change in their emotional regulation and affect. Some people often notice an increase in their ‘jumpiness’ or startle response.

While living with PTSD is difficult to say the least, it is treatable.

Next, we’ll go over what the symptoms of PTSD look like.

Common Symptoms of PTSD

People living with PTSD find themselves in constant survivor mode, waiting for the next traumatic event to unfold in their lives. This constant state of survival can be exhausting, debilitating, and can wreak havoc on the way you live your daily life. Constantly being on guard, experiencing feelings of irritability, anger, and anxiety, and dealing with nightmares and flashbacks of your traumatic experiences can all be ways PTSD disrupts your daily life.

PTSD can arise from many different situations. Often, this means that we all have different reactions. Our trauma therapists have been offering online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL for quite some time. So, they have seen a variety of people navigating PTSD.

A photo shows a woman on her bike. She is feeling much better since starting online PTSD treatment in Chicago, IL with Equipoise Teletherapy.

Some common PTSD symptoms include strong feelings of guilt or shame, feeling distant and cut off from others, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty falling or staying asleep. Other symptoms may include:

  • Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks about the traumatic event
  • Intense nightmares
  • Feeling physically very anxious and emotionally reactive when something reminds you of the event
  • Not enjoying activities you used to love
  • Difficulty experiencing positive feelings
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Often feeling on-guard or alert for danger
  • Having strong negative beliefs about yourself, other people, or the world

Online Counseling for PTSD can help to navigate the aftermath of your experiences

Living with PTSD is draining. It can feel like no one understands or knows how to help you.

Our trauma therapists understand, and they can help.

Through years of providing online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL, our trauma therapists know that the symptoms of PTSD can stay with you long after the event(s) end. And, that the impact doesn’t always lessen with time. However, they can get better. 

Our trauma therapists are trained in a variety of methods that can help you to manage your experiences. In online counseling for PTSD, our trauma therapists provide the highest-quality treatments that are designed to help. Starting online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL can help you to rediscover joy.

Why Equipoise?

A man is on his computer. He is feeling better since starting online PTSD treatment in Chicago, IL  with Equipoise Teletherapy.

Trauma therapists at Equipoise Teletherapy are trained in many different methods that have been created to help people with PTSD. Our trauma therapists only use methods to combat PTSD that have been shown to be effective and beneficial for those seeking our services.

In online counseling for PTSD, our trauma therapists often start with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (or “CBT” for short). CBT can help you to notice and evaluate your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This way, we can look at what’s contributing to your situation. Often, this serves as a great place for us to start in online counseling for PTSD. CBT can also be used for anxiety or depression.

Equipoise refers to a counterbalance of opposing forces; to oppose or balance one side with an equal weight or force on the other.

Our approach to the treatment of mental health disorders is based on the model of Equipoise.

Our teletherapy sessions feel very much like in-person therapy – only you have the flexibility to attend when and where you need a session most. Our team is composed of individuals with the capabilities and credentials to treat a multitude of mental illnesses, not just throughout the country – but around the world.

The Equipoise Approach to Combating PTSD

In addition to CBT, our trauma therapists incorporate other methods to combat PTSD, too. We use a special modification of CBT, called Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT works by targeting the thoughts you have about yourself and your previous situations. Often, we find that these thoughts aren’t helpful or positive. So, our intention in online counseling for PTSD is to change and challenge these thoughts.

By changing these thoughts, we often find that the way we feel changes, too. After going through CPT in online counseling for PTSD, individuals often feel better than they did in the beginning. Sure, we cant the change the experience or the cause of why they started online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL. But, we can help to change how they feel afterward.

Many of our clients in online counseling for PTSD can see significant symptom relief within 12 sessions.

Begin Online Counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL and PSYPACT states  

Navigating the aftermath of trauma is not something you have to do on your own. No longer do you have to live with the weight of the past on your shoulders. Online counseling for PTSD in Chicago, IL can help you improve your mood and feel free again. Our Chicago based online therapy practice has experienced trauma therapists who can help.

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Other Counseling Services at Equipoise Teletherapy

Online counseling for PTSD isn’t the only service we offer in our Chicago-based online counseling practice.  Other mental health services include counseling for eating disorders, emotional eating, counseling for anxiety, counseling for unwanted behaviors, and nutrition counseling.  If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please contact us!

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