We have five senses that allow us to experience the world around us. When that experience is extremely painful or overwhelming, your ability to process the experience effectively gets distorted. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arises in response to situations you encounter that overwhelm your mind-body's abilities to convert experience into effective memories: to learn from experience and move ahead in life. In its place, a person with PTSD can re-experience the past in the form of flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, emotional numbing, depression, anxiety, or periods of disconnection to time, all of which represent your mind-body's attempts to successfully "metabolize" the traumatic experience and move forward with your life. Untreated PTSD can lead to persistent difficulties in day-to-day functioning, dramatically stealing energy necessary for healthy and fulfilling relationships, work experiences, and ultimately your relationship to your Self.
At PIH, we approach the treatment of PTSD with attention to your unique nature and experience and utilize a variety of treatment approaches designed to enable you to fully resolve the traumatizing events and help you move forward in your life. Since PTSD is a condition affecting the mind-body--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually--the approaches we utilize reflect a holistic perspective that allows you to feel whole again, because where there is wholeness there is health!
- Psychologically based trauma therapies (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT), (Harriet Kohen, MSW, LICSW), (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT).
- Hypnosis and guided imagery training (David Alter, PhD, LP), (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT), (Harriet Kohen, MSW, LICSW), (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT)
- EMDR (Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT), (Lois Fischer, MA, LMFT).
- Chinese medicine incorporating acupuncture and herbal therapies (Diane Tanning, RN, MS, LAc)
At PIH, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation to identify your particular needs and then work with you to design an individualized program of care that will support you in reestablishing health and increase your sense of vitality and well-being. We look forward to working with you on your way to balanced health.