Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Germantown MD

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.

Sugarloaf Counseling & Psych
(301) 428-0807
18 Executive Park CT
Germantown, MD
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Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Guide Program Inc
(301) 972-0307
12900 Middlebrook Rd
Germantown, MD
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Mental Health Professional

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Patrick J Graveline
(402) 613-5950
19517 Gunners Branch Road, Unit E
Germantown, MD
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Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Disorder, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Individual Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Institute for the Psychological Sciences
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Rita M. Selman
(301) 801-7126
9801 Whetstone Drive
Montgomery Village, MD
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Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Credentialed Since: 1993-07-16

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Thomas I. Holman
(301) 990-0792
19642 Club House Rd, Ste 610
Montgomery Village, MD
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Play Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Family Psychotherapy
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 1982-03-01

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Louise M. Albagli
(301) 515-2383
6 Marble Hill Ct
Germantown, MD
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Doctoral Program: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Credentialed Since: 1991-02-19

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Sabine Himmelfarb
(301) 972-4088
20528 Boland Farm Rd, #207
Germantown, MD
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Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
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Hebrew
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Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1992-01-06

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O'Neal Walker
(301) 801-6728
19215 Wheatfield Drive
Germantown, MD
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Psychological Assessment, School-based Consultation, Stress Management or Pain Management, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Family Psychotherapy
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Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - Los Angeles
Credentialed Since: 2003-03-28

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Driscoll Susan
(301) 977-4536
19510 Club House Rd
Montgomery Village, MD
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Mental Health Professional

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Ralph E. Bally
(301) 926-6197
9512 Briar Glenn Way
Montgomery Village, MD
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Doctoral Program: Catholic University of America
Credentialed Since: 1986-05-12

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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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