What are the symptoms of PTSD? How do I know if I have it?

Our previous blog post outlined what exactly trauma entails when it comes to the diagnosis of PTSD.  This next blog speaks to the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so that you can better understand whether you might fit the criteria. Once someone experiences a traumatic event it is quite common for them to experience...

What constitutes trauma when it comes to diagnosing PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. In order to be diagnosed with PTSD one has to have endured a traumatic event which includes witnessing or experiencing a threatened death to self or others, actual or threatened serious injury or sexual violence. The definition of trauma has also expanded to learning of a close friend or...

What is the difference between military counseling and civilian counseling?

The health of our military is critical for maintaining it as the best in the world.  When we refer to the well-being of our military personnel, mental health professionals play a very important role in this.  There are special military counselors, trained to provide a wide range of mental health services for all our branches...

Couple Counseling Exercises

Continuing our couple counseling blog series, let’s take a look at some exercises for couples that your therapist might ask you to do.  Types of exercises vary, but most of them have something or another to do with communication.  Communicating is the most common area that couples usually have problems with. Gratitude List A gratitude...

How can couples counseling help you

Having a disagreement with your significant other is common, but if you are always walking on glass around the other person – it could be time to think about couples counseling.  There isn’t any shame in wanting to seek out counseling to improve your relationship, in fact you should feel proud because you care enough...

Skype Therapy Online

Meeting with a mental health professional online 20 years ago was unthinkable, but thanks to modern technology we can now reach out and help those who prefer to do online sessions or be in the comfort of their home with the help of Skype.  The idea is currently more widely available than ever before with...

Reasons why therapy takes time!

Going back to my previous blog post, “What to expect in therapy?” it talks about what you can expect before and during your initial session. Now, I want to further address a common question folks have, which is, “Why can’t my issue be resolved in one session?!”  It would be great if we all had...

What to expect in therapy?

If you have never been in therapy or counseling before you may have a certain image or idea of what it might look like. “Are they going to ask me to lay down on a couch and spill my life story?” “Will he/she tell me I’m crazy and can’t be helped?” What will people think...