How to find a complex PTSD therapist near me

Despite 12.5 million people suffering from C-PTSD across the US, finding a suitable complex PTSD therapist in your local area can be incredibly difficult. The symptoms of complex PTSD can significantly impact the quality of your life, affecting not only your physical and emotional well-being but extending to your relationships with those around you and the way you perform at work or school. Someone’s death is an example of an event that can cause trauma as described in this article by Heart In Diamond. 

If you have taken online trauma therapy and symptoms, do not ignore your symptoms. You need to return to the traumatic events of your life in your brain that affected you so gravely and resolve them so you can move forward into a healthier, happier stage of your life. Recovering from PTSD is rarely something that you can do alone. Instead, you need the help of a trained and empathetic therapist who can support you as you acknowledge your trauma and the symptoms you’re experiencing. The vast majority don’t even know they have PTSD.

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Finding a local complex PTSD therapist

While finding a local PTSD or C-PTSD therapist is difficult, it’s not impossible. Here are the steps we recommend you take to find a suitable complex PTSD therapist in your area to begin your treatment:

Talk to your family doctor or primary care provider

One of the easiest ways to find highly-regarded therapists in your local area is to ask your doctor for a recommendation. As your doctor is likely already familiar with you and your condition, they should be able to suggest someone suitable for you.

Ask your therapist

If you’re currently attending therapy for a different problem, ask your therapist for a referral to a CPTSD therapist. There’s a good chance they’ll know of all the local complex PTSD counselors and will be able to make a good recommendation based on how you’ve interacted in your past sessions.

Do a Google search

If neither of the above options works, you can always try searching for local CPTSD therapists online. Try typing “complex PTSD therapist near me” or include your city or state in your search, for example: “complex PTSD therapist Ohio.” You might have to wade through many adverts and unsuitable results, but it could give you options you never previously considered.

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Online therapy

An alternative to finding a complex PTSD therapist close to you is to try online trauma therapy. With online therapy, you can talk to a trained and qualified therapist who is licensed to treat in your state without having to go to their office physically. Teletherapy means you can speak to someone whose office is located hundreds of miles away from you without the hassle of having to go there.

Online therapy takes several different forms. At Cyti Psychological, we use online video chatting software, so as well as speaking to your therapist, you can also see them. We connect so much better with others when we can see them, and feeling a genuine connection with your therapist is essential for healing.

Many studies have revealed that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. In some cases, people who experienced both types of treatment found the counseling received through a smart device to be even more helpful and healing than counseling in a therapist’s office.

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Complex PTSD treatment

There are several different ways to treat C-PTSD, but they all have in common their concentration on the traumatic events experienced by the client. Here are some of the most common techniques used to treat PTSD and C-PTSD successfully:

  • Trauma-focused CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
  • Exposure therapy

Complex PTSD treatment works by helping you regain a sense of who you are. Experiencing emotional trauma over and over can have an incredibly damaging effect on your self-identity and your self-esteem. It can also harm your life goals and personal values. Through the above methods, your CPTSD therapist will help you:

  • Reconnect with your old self
  • Overcome incorrect beliefs and feelings of guilt
  • Explore techniques to break out of self-isolation
  • Manage thoughts of revenge
  • Work through any unhealthy relationship notions which develop following the abuse

Therapists sometimes prescribe medication to help ease CPTSD symptoms. However, you must understand that psychotropic medications do not cure the condition alone. They improve symptoms such as anxiety and depression when they’re so severe that they make therapy unnecessarily tricky so that you can use the tools the therapist is offering.  

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CPTSD Therapist – Get help today

If you’re suffering from complex PTSD symptoms, it’s essential you seek help. No matter how much you’d like them to, the symptoms you’re experiencing won’t go away on their own. While there are several different ways to treat CPTSD, the best way is to talk to a mental health professional who understands your condition and has helped many others just like you take back control of their lives.

With the incredible resources, we have available today, you’re not limited to the CPTSD therapists in your local area, nor do you have to travel miles to see your chosen therapist. Online therapy provides you with a new, better option to see your preferred therapist from the comfort of your own home, whenever it suits you. 

 Take the first step to a better life today and schedule your initial appointment with one of our qualified therapists.  

The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional. If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger,  these resources can provide you with immediate help:
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 988
24 Hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Text Line Text TALK to 741741