Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Monterey CA

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.

Romeo Blas Mariano
(831) 375-6655
262 El Dorado St
Monterey, CA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Carol Lark
(831) 372-9119
99 Via Robles
Monterey, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Colorado - Boulder
Credentialed Since: 1976-05-07

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Donna West Manning
(831) 648-8569
335 El Dorado St Ste 5
Monterey, CA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Jacob Allen Miller
(831) 624-5311
23625 Holman Hwy
Monterey, CA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Mental Health Services-County of Monterey
(831) 647-7652
1200 Aguajito Rd
Monterey, CA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Norma H. Davies
(831) 641-9100
1340 Munras Avenue
Monterey, CA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Couples Psychotherapy, 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: Stanford University
Credentialed Since: 1977-04-11

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula - Outpatient Mental Health Center
(831) 625-4600
576 Hartnell St
Monterey, CA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist

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Children's Services-Mental Health-Monterey County
(831) 657-1360
2460 Garden Rd
Monterey, CA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Mary L. Lounsbury
(408) 625-4600
Outpt. Behavioral Hlth Ser
Monterey, CA
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Indiana University - Bloomington
Credentialed Since: 1981-07-06

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Joseph B Greene
(831) 372-6088
415 Figueroa St
Monterey, CA
Specialty
Child 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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