Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Elk River MN

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.

Cynthia Cassidy
(763) 274-0510
Creative Therapy Center
Elk River, MN
Services
Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Play Therapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 2008-05-28

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Bridging Hope Counseling LLC
(763) 291-5505
21000 Rogers Dr Suite 100
Rogers, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Country Lane Homes
(763) 295-2906
1308 W River St
Monticello, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Deborah Miller
(763) 785-8111
14120 Terrace Rd. NE
Ham Lake, MN
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of St. Thomas
Credentialed Since: 2006-03-31

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Bradley K Lambson Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
(763) 755-7033
1635 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Minneapolis, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Serenity Circle Counseling, LLC
(612) 701-9689
657 MAIN ST NW SUITE 214 C
Elk River, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Central Mn Mental Health Center
(763) 295-4001
407 Washington St
Monticello, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Maple Grove Counseling Center
(763) 494-8699
13700 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Bernard Coelho
(612) 382-7467
4050 Coon Rapids Blvd Nw
Coon Rapids, MN
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Daniel Charles Rebek
(763) 862-7602
13230 Jay St NW
Coon Rapids, MN
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Notre Dame
Credentialed Since: 2001-12-11

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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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