Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Boerne TX

PTSD (post'traumatic stress disorder) has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Hill Country Mission For Health
(830) 249-0130
122 Commerce Ave
Boerne, TX
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Richard B. Garver
(210) 615-0555
24123 Boerne Stage Rd, Ste. 430
San Antonio, TX
Services
Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Northern Colorado
Credentialed Since: 1977-12-05

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Jim L.H. Cox
(210) 695-9906
14466 Marin Hollow
Helotes, TX
Services
Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Issues, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Texas - Austin
Credentialed Since: 1999-05-03

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Katherine E. Goethe
(210) 408-0200
1314 East Sonterra Blvd.
San Antonio, TX
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Commonwealth University
Credentialed Since: 1985-05-10

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John G Tierney
(210) 615-8458
1202 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Nancy Allen Logan
(210) 615-0555
Leon Springs Office and Business Park
San Antonio, TX
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Texas - Austin
Credentialed Since: 1991-04-01

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Beth Carol Boone
(210) 883-6863
9235 Lookout Mesa
san antonio, TX
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Psychoeducational Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas A&M University
Credentialed Since: 2008-11-10

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Sudha Kumar
(210) 615-8927
1202 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Janyna Marie Mercado
(210) 860-9755
19430 Camino Ridge
San Antonio, TX
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychological Intervention, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Texas Woman's U
Credentialed Since: 2006-01-26

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Christopher B Ticknor
(210) 692-7775
1202 E Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio, TX
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Spotlight on Post-Traumatic Stress

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By Julia Van Tine

In her freshman year in college, Laura Curry was raped at a party. Dazed, she wandered the neighborhood until her friends found her. She told no one, and the rapist was never charged.

A few months later the flashbacks began, once while she was kissing a man on a bed. “When he rolled into a position similar to the rapist’s, I freaked,” says Laura, today 39 and a fitness trainer in Minneapolis. “That’s when I knew I needed help.”

Laura consulted a therapist, but talking about the problem didn’t help, she says, and she soon terminated their sessions. The flashbacks continued, and in her sophomore year, another therapist diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric ailment that can occur after experiencing—or even witnessing—a life-threatening event. In the next six years she graduated, landed a job and climbed the corporate ladder, married, and divorced. She also went through seven therapists.

PTSD has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms can include flashbacks, jumpiness, insomnia, nightmares, guilt, and emotional numbness. Women are affected twice as often as men, perhaps because they’re more likely to experience the kinds of trauma, like rape and abuse, that can cause PTSD.

It’s not clear why some people develop the disorder and others don’t, but researchers say the brains of sufferers tend to have higher-than-normal levels of stress hormones. The job of one of these, norepinephrine, is to activate the hippocampus, the part of the brain that governs long-term memory. When the hippocampus gets flooded with too much of this chemical, the result may be searing memories experienced as flashbacks or intrusive thoughts.

There’s no standard treatment for PTSD. Some patients benefit from antidepressants, others from different forms of therapy, such as the cognitive-behavioral approach, which aims to change how we feel and behave by changing how we think.

And recently therapists have begun combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with New Age relaxation techniques—with striking results. One theory is that these treatments work by bypassing the more evolved parts of the brain, which govern thought and speech, and engaging its primitive areas, where images, physical sensations, and feelings are experienced.

“It’s in the sensory and emotional channels of the primitive brain where most of the trauma is processed,” says psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek, a pioneer in the use of guided imagery who wrote Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, and created programs used to help victims of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombings, and the Columbine tragedy. ...

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