When you can’t seem to move beyond a traumatic event in your past, there is no shame in reaching out to an experienced counselor for help. It is possible that the traumatic event you experienced has triggered a response known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This condition can affect anyone — men and women, young and old alike are susceptible to this anxiety disorder if they have seen, heard, or lived through a particularly troubling or dangerous event. In many cases, PTSD treatment has helped individuals develop the skills needed to move beyond the trauma.

Terra Counseling Center is here to help you overcome the traumatic event(s) of your past so that you can find joy in your present circumstances. Find answers to frequently asked questions below and then book your appointment for trauma therapy today.


What Is PTSD?

PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that is triggered by experiencing a troublesome or dangerous event, such as a car accident or unexpected death of a loved one. It is important to note that you do not have to experience the event directly — PTSD can be triggered by seeing or hearing the event, or being told about the event later. The condition affects the body’s natural “fight or flight” response, causing individuals to feel the stress and fear associated with the event long after it is over.

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms vary from person to person and come in many forms.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Irritability and agitation
  • Hypervigilance
  • Heightened reactions
  • Hostility
  • Isolation from others
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Insomnia or nightmares

Psychological Symptoms

  • Emotional detachment from others
  • Experiencing flashbacks or unwanted thoughts
  • Feeling fearful with no known cause
  • Feeling severe anxiety or depression
  • Trouble trusting others

Mood Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Loneliness
  • Unexplained feelings of guilt

How Is PTSD Diagnosed?

PTSD is diagnosed by a properly trained medical professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, after speaking with an individual with PTSD symptoms. To receive a PTSD diagnosis, the individual must have been exposed to an actual or perceived traumatic event and exhibit a certain combination of symptoms.

What Is the Best Type of PTSD Treatment

There are several types of PTSD therapy available. However, as per the world-renowned trauma experts (Levine 2010, Bessel van der Kolk 2014, Ogden 2015, Porges 2018, Mate 2010 ) trauma is not a problem of cognition and this been the reason cognitive therapies or talk therapy has its limitation and can be retraumatizing when addressing trauma. The psychotherapy we offer is specifically trauma-focused. This means that the traumatic event(s) are at the center of treatment as you work with a psychotherapist in addressing the trauma in a manner in which you will not become overwhelmed or retraumatized. The team here at Terra Counseling Center has the experience and training necessary to provide various types of cutting-edge therapies to help you work through your PTSD. Please read more in our trauma section to learn more.

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Levine,P.A (2010). Walking the Tiger Healing Trauma. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

Levine,P.A (2010). In Unspoken Voice, How The Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

Ogden ,P.A (2015). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment,NY: Norton & Company

Porges,S.W (2017 Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. Berkeley, NY: Norton & Company

PTSD Treatments in Miami

You don’t have to live alone with PTSD — help is just a phone call away. Contact Terra Counseling Center to learn more about the PTSD therapy options available to you.