Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that usually starts within the three months of a traumatic incident. It has been reported that in rare cases, PTSD symptoms may only occur after a number of years.

Three groups of symptoms are present in people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Increased anxiety / emotional arousal includes anger or irritability, overwhelming shame or guilt, sleeplessness and self-destructive behaviour. The second group of symptoms, known as intrusive memories, causes flashbacks to the traumatic event and upsetting dreams. The third group of symptoms that a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patient may experience, includes emotional numbing or avoidance. This group of symptoms includes memory problems, poor concentration, feeling emotionally numb, a sense of hopelessness, and an avoidance of activities that the person used to find enjoyable.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms may be present for a while, disappear and then return again. General stress may increase the symptoms, as can reminders of the traumatic incident.

Therapists who address  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder generally use one, or a combination of trauma therapies to treat it. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is commonly used and can help a person to change their reactions to traumatic memories.

Exposure therapy can help a person reduce the amount of fear related to the feelings and thoughts associated with past traumatic events. Cognitive therapy helps a person to change the way he or she thinks about the event and the aftermath of a traumatic incident. It will help a person to identify thoughts that cause fear and anger, and learn ways to replace those thoughts with less stressful and more empowering thoughts.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that deals with the way in which clients think about themselves, other people and the world. The outside world affects how we think and feel about ourselves and as a result, our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help a person to change the way they think about thoughts and feelings, but it is not like other types of talk therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on current issues and challenges that affect the client right now. It doesn't consider the past issues that caused distress, but rather looks for solutions that can improve the client's state of mind in the moment. Much of CBT involves looking at thought distortions that can affect mood and are affected by mood, and helps client examine and challenge distorted thinking patters.

CBT can help a range of problems, from OCD, PTSD, bulimia, stress, phobias and other issues that might seem overwhelming to the client, by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Sophie McEntee

MFT, RCC
I have a combined fifteen years of training and clinical experience working with individuals and couples. Clients come to me usually when they are feeling stuck, overwhelmed or at a crossroad. My clients are often... Read more

Cristina Ciccone

M.A., RCC
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Cristina Ciccone and I have been providing individual, group and relationship counselling services in Vancouver since the mid 1980's.  In addition to... Read more

Ferma Ravn-Greenway

M.S.W., RSW
Parenting is the hardest job. All of us reach a stage in our children’s lives where we need guidance, reassurance, and support. For example, an unexpected transition can lead a child to become anxious and... Read more

Klaus Klein

M.A., RCC
Klaus is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC. He provides counselling and therapy to parents who are feeling overwhelmed or helpless trying to raise their teen. Parenting teens can be exhausting. Klaus... Read more

Brenda Casey

B.A. Hons, RCC
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Safety...self care...solutions....You’re looking for a therapist who “fits” with your personality and needs?  Read on…. In selecting to work with Brenda, a Registered Clinical... Read more

Marilyn Kwong

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello and welcome! I am a Registered Psychologist (#2043) located in Kitsilano, with specialized training in helping people with their emotions and relationships in a deep and experiential way. Relationships have... Read more

Andrew Stone

M.A., RCC
My name is Andrew Stone and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (member #11227). As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have been able to demonstrate a... Read more

Keisei Anzai

M.A., RCAT
No matter who we are, life has its up and downturns.Happiness is said to be a rich sense of well-being that comes only from knowing our internal self. A large part of what generates happiness is our cognition. Through... Read more

Janice Stuart

Ph.D., R.Psych
Have you been struggling with a problem for what seems like eons – and there’s no end in sight? Why is it so hard to get to the root of something? Maybe you’ve tried many things and still find... Read more

Steven Keeler

M.Sc., RCC
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Areas of Expertise: Relationship Healing Couples Treatment Parent and Child/Teen Relationships Men’s Issues Military and Veterans Transitions Anger Resolution PTSD and Trauma Family Issues... Read more

Jessica Cooper

M.A., RCC
Are you looking to feel less stressed, anxious or depressed? Would you like to feel happier, more empowered and motivated, and more in control of your life?  Jessica can help you. Jessica Cooper, MA, RCC... Read more

Judith Barnard

M.S.W., RSW
Are you a woman who suffers from the debilitating and distressing effects of anxiety, panic, and depression? The most common reasons for experiencing anxiety and depression are: Grief Family Dysfunction... Read more

Paulo Matos

Ph.D., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a combined 25 years of education and experience in the helping professions. I completed a doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Ph.D. from the University of Calgary) and two... Read more

Diana Romer

M.Ed., RCC
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I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has over 20 years experience working with adults and adolescents as an educator, and counsellor. My... Read more

Max Innes

Ph.D., RMFT
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Max Innes, Ph.D., a family therapist with a general practice, has provided services for individuals, couples and families, including children and youth, throughout the Lower Mainland during the last fifteen years.In... Read more

Sue Diamond

M.A., RCC
Sue Diamond, M.A. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#178) and the Director/Founder of The Good Life Therapy Centre. She has over 25 years experience in the counselling field in a multitude of settings... Read more

Whitney Regan

M.A., RCC
My passion for counselling comes out of a deep desire to walk alongside people as they courageously seek to better understand themselves, the relationships in their lives, and the challenges they face. As a therapist,... Read more

Geoff Thompson

Ph.D., CCC
Geoff has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with clients while working with the Sunshine Coast Health Centre. An extensive background in both residential and outpatient addiction treatment has helped Geoff... Read more

Christy Waisman

M.A., RCC
Christy Waisman is a seasoned therapist with extensive experience working with complex issues and diverse populations.  Christy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School... Read more

Allison Bates

M.A., RCC
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Allison understands how difficult it can be to address issues that may have been lingering for some time. It is truly an honor to walk with you through these struggles and find real solutions. Counselling can... Read more

Alex Abdel-Malek

M.S.W., RCC
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Hello! My practice is dedicated to helping you make transformational change in your life. The style I use is gentle, thought-provoking, and focused. I'm interested in more than helping you get through whatever... Read more

Brett Stroh

M.C., RCC
We all have times in our lives when we feel a bit overwhelmed, and uncertain of the best course of action. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to get the perspective and advice of someone who is not a friend or family... Read more

Sarah Jarvis

M.A., RCC
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed? Do you long to relate to yourself, your relationships, and your life with greater ease and freedom? As a trained psychotherapist with years of experience, I can... Read more
I believe that we are all born with an innate drive to be the best we can be in life. There are, however, obstacles along the way and some of us run into more than do others. Our parents, siblings and extended families... Read more

Jamila Hilborn

M.C., RCC
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with transgenerational trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce and separation, addiction... Read more

Nicole McLeod

M.A., RCC
Life can feel overwhelming.  It can get complicated.  It’s easy to feel stuck, powerless and empty and sometimes it feels impossible to see past that.   My name is Nicole McLeod, I’m a... Read more

Kerry Chutter

M.A., RCC
My professional practice emphasizes individual counselling within a range of concerns; including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, illness, substance misuse, disordered eating, grief, and loss. The symptoms... Read more

Sandy Brooks

M.S.W., RSW
Sandy Brooks is a Registered Social Worker (#03369) approved for private practice.  She has over 30 years experience of helping individuals and families. Sandy draws from her many years of diverse... Read more

Dr Marie-Helene Pelletier

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Thank you for reaching out and welcome. Please see a bit more information about my background below and contact me if you would like to discuss the possibility of working together. About Marie-Helene Pelletier, MBA,... Read more

Dale Trimble

M.A., RCC
Dale works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or anger as well as those recovering from trauma.  Dale is a senior faculty member with the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute (... Read more