Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychodynamic Therapy

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.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy can help clients to become aware of feelings of vulnerability that have been repressed from their conscious awareness. This approach is based on the theory that every person has an unconscious which stores vulnerable and painful emotions that are too deep to handle on a conscious level.

Psychodynamic Therapy addresses the defense mechanisms that  have been developed. Defense mechanisms can sometimes do more harm than good. By resolving vulnerabilities such as repression and denial, painful emotions and memories can be processed in order for the defense mechanisms to be resolved, or reduced.

Therapists use a range of core principles in Psychodynamic Therapy, based on the client's needs. It will help the client to gain perspective while recognizing behaviours, actions, responses and character traits that can be transformed.

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

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Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you disappointed in your relationships?  Do you feel lonely and misunderstood?  Are you feeling depressed or anxious?  Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something... Read more

Carole Gaato

Ph.D., R.Psych
With more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, I sometimes lose touch with just how daunting the task of finding your "right" therapist can be. Just so you know, as registered psychologists and... Read more

Karen Ergas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karen Ergas is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have eating disorders. She worked at St. Paul's Hospital Eating Disorders Program from 1994-2011.... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Susan Baum

Ph.D., R.Psych
"When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl To have my clients take up the challenge to change—this is the power I try to help them... Read more

Terry Estrin

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist in private practice with offices in Richmond and Vancouver. My areas of practice include psychotherapy and counselling for individuals (age 17 and up), relationship therapy for couples and... Read more

Celine Brouillette

Ed.D., R.Psych
Thank you for visiting my website. As a registered psychologist, I’ve been practicing in Vancouver and North Vancouver for over 20 years, providing psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessments. I work with... Read more

Eva DeHaas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Eva DeHaas, Registered Psychologist (#2074) Eva brings warmth, compassion and self-awareness to the therapy room. She draws from a broad skill set ranging from shorter term, skill based interventions to more in-... Read more

Mickey Stein

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered clinical psychologist in Vancouver B.C. My mission is to provide professional psychotherapy and psychological assessments to assist and treat adolescents and adults of all ages, and their families.... Read more

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... Read more

Joanne Duma

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Duma is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of clinical issues including:... Read more

Anne Dietrich

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Dietrich has extensive experience and training in the area of psychological trauma, such as childhood abuse, interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, physical assault), motor vehicle... Read more

Sabine Fritz

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist, practising psychology with a holistic perspective on healing which means that I place importance on working with the whole person rather than on one or more symptoms. My goal is to... Read more

Jeff Morley

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am an experienced Registered Psychologist (#1577), as well as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress.  In my practice I help people working through different challenges in their life from relationship and... Read more

Daryl Ternowski

Ph.D., R.Psych
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  I typically consult with adults and older adolescents who are successful in many ways, but feel unsatisfied with some aspect of their life. They choose to participate in therapy because they want to feel... Read more