For some individuals who survive a trauma, they develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The development of PTSD can sometimes take a little bit to emerge following the trauma. Some symptoms might include hypervigilance, difficulty concentrating, low mood, avoiding certain places or situations, feel distant from others, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, frequent intrusive memories of the trauma and more. There are many different types of trauma humans survive.
I am trained in the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5), which is considered the gold standard in PTSD assessment. I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. I have formal training in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD. I also have experience using Present Centered Therapy (PCT) for PTSD. I completed a 2-year clinical practicum at the Greater Los Angeles VA medical system, my doctoral internship at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, and my postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA. I also worked at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center as a psychologist. I have worked with many types of traumas including but not limited to combat-related, interpersonal (sexual assault), and moral injury.
If you are interested in assessment and possibly treatment for your PTSD, I can help. We will start with a PTSD diagnostic evaluation if you are uncertain. Then, proceed with an evidence-based treatment.