How does Union Square Practice treat PTSD?

The psychologists at Union Square Practice who have expertise in the assessment and treatment of PTSD (Kate Thacher, Psy.D. and Julia Vigna Bosson, Ph.D.) are trained and skilled in using a number of effective treatments that can be used to target symptoms of PTSD. We want to do what works and will move you toward a place of recovery in the most effective manner possible.

In order to do so, in the first session, the psychologist will work to understand not only the traumatic event(s) experienced, but also who you are as a person. You are not your trauma; you are not your symptoms. You are also a human being, and that is equally important. The assessment allows the therapist to then tailor your treatment plan to be specific to you, carefully developing an approach that will be most appropriate for you given your symptoms and the nature of your trauma.

There are a number of treatment approaches for the treatment of PTSD that are evidence-based treatments, which essentially means that research studies have shown them to be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD. We are committed to the use of such evidence-based approaches, not only because research informs us that they work, but also because we have seen them work ourselves with countless patients. We want to use what works in order to help people with PTSD break free from their cages and begin living their lives again.

Some of the treatment approaches used at Union Square Practice for the treatment of PTSD include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Relationships/Narrative Story Telling (STAIR/NST) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  For those not quite ready to engage in a treatment approach that involves an exposure to the traumatic event(s), which the individual has likely avoided, we work with them using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This approach builds a person’s ability to better cope with distress. Sometimes treatment will then involve one of the evidence-based approaches with an exposure component, but this is not always necessary.

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