How to Choose a Good PTSD Therapist

Choosing the right PTSD therapist is an important process; one that will inevitably have a profound impact on the overall quality of your long-term recovery. There are numerous things to take into consideration when choosing the right therapist for you. Firstly, you will want to carefully reflect on a host of practical issues. Where is the therapist located? How many therapy sessions will you be allotted on a weekly basis? What is the cost of therapy; are you able to afford regular sessions if they are not covered by your insurance? Next, you will want to evaluate the therapist him or herself. Look into his or her personal background, training, and professional experience. In most instances, a potential PTSD therapist will want to get to know you before committing to continuous sessions. It is important that you and your therapist are a god fit; that you trust him or her, and that you see eye-to-eye on the proposed program of treatment.

What PTSD Treatment Style Is Right for You?

Depending on the severity of your trauma, you may want to opt for an Intensive Trauma Therapy Program, as opposed to traditional, weekly talk therapy sessions. While traditional therapy sessions last roughly an hour, the Intensive Trauma Therapy Program created by Rachael Starr, LSCW, provides clients with a full week of intensive relational therapy and EMDR. Those clients who do not live locally will be housed in a nearby hotel, and will attend daily, 8-hour sessions of one-on-one trauma therapy. If you struggle with the disruptive and emotionally distressing symptoms of moderate to severe trauma, a time-limited program of recovery will undoubtedly prove the most effective. Rather than years of stop-start-stop, the client will experience a significant and lasting amount of improvement in a mere matter of days. The presence of troublesome symptoms will subside, and the client will return to a state of normal and healthy functioning.

Finding the Right PTSD Therapist

Individuals who have suffered significant trauma experience greater success when working with a PTSD therapist who views him or herself as on the same playing field as his or her clients.  Historically, mental health treatment has followed the same basic guidelines as other medical models – the client is sick, the therapist is well, and it is up to the therapist (who is in a position of authority), to make the client well again. When choosing the right PTSD therapist for you, it is important that you find someone who comes from a place of compassion, personal experience, and professional integrity. Rachael Starr relates to each of her clients on a deep, personal level, and only works with individuals that she sincerely believes will benefit from her specific style of trauma treatment.

One-on-one, psychodynamic therapy allows for the safe and authentic disclosure of painful, deep-seated memories and feelings. Most individuals who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related disorders will find it exceptionally difficult to become emotionally vulnerable – especially with someone they hardly know. Because of this, it is imperative that you find a PTSD therapist that you trust – one that you feel comfortable opening up to. Not only does Rachael Starr rest her practice on her professionalism, but also on her sense of perception, insight, intuition, and the relevance of her personal experiences. She truly cares about each one of her clients, and utilizes numerous proven methods of trauma therapy – including EMDR – to provide her clients with the highest quality of care available.

Rachael Starr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in PTSD and trauma therapy. If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD and would like more information on Rachael’s program, please call her at (772) 475-3334.