Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist West Chicago IL

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.

Wellspring Coaching
(630) 562-1877
30W470 Mulberry Dr
West Chicago, IL
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Mental Health Professional

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Laura Sleger Moore
630-462-0409x28
27W291 Geneva Road
Winfield, IL
Services
Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 2009-09-14

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Mary Howard Schramer
(630) 790-9943
0S224 Park St.
Winfield, IL
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - St. Louis
Credentialed Since: 2005-03-30

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James A. Natter
(630) 752-9750
Central DuPage Pastoral Couns Ctr
Carol Stream, IL
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adler School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1995-08-03

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James G. Gioia
(630) 690-5065
1751 South Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL
Services
Child Custody Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Languages Spoken
Italian
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Chicago
Credentialed Since: 1987-04-16

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Behavioral Health Services
(630) 933-4000
27W350 High Lake Rd
Winfield, IL
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Margaret Rohde Bongiorno
(630) 744-3450
P.O. Box 453
Winfield, IL
Services
Family Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Child Custody Evaluation, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Loyola University of Chicago
Credentialed Since: 1982-05-14

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Patricia A. Pimental
(708) 643-4059
Neurobehavioral Medicine Cons., Ltd.
Carol Stream, IL
Services
Stress Management or Pain Management, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Psychological Assessment, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Sign Language
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1991-11-18

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John C. Hocking
(630) 653-6441
Genesis Clinical Services
Wheaton, IL
Languages Spoken
Portuguese
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Colorado State University
Credentialed Since: 1977-10-07

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Paul R. Sather
(630) 653-1717
Meier Clinic of Wheaton
Wheaton, IL
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Biola University
Credentialed Since: 1995-04-24

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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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