Online PTSD Therapy In Orange County, CA
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can happen to anyone who has experienced a shocking event or trauma. PTSD symptoms include severe anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, repeated overwhelming thoughts about the traumatic event, and other physical and mental complications. Dr. Joseph Lancaster performs EMDR Therapy to treat PTSD. EMDR is a phased, focused approach followed to treat trauma and other symptoms helping the traumatized person reconnect safely and measure emotion, self-thoughts, images, and body sensations. This treatment therapy allows the natural healing powers of the brain to move towards adaptive resolution.
There could be several reasons for developing PTSD. These include:
- Being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease
- Domestic or intimate partner violence
- Physical assault
- Random acts of violence
- Rape or sexual abuse
- Sudden loss of a loved one
- Unexpected events like car accidents, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or industrial accidents
Apart from these, people with military experience or those who have served as police officers, EMS workers, firefighters, and search and rescue teams are at higher risk of developing PTSD
How Does EMDR Help With PTSD?
EMDR focuses on brain memory centers, specific events or triggers, and any neurological associations. EMDR works by using Dual Attention Stimuli (DAS), which help desensitize traumatic memory. This may reduce the impact of PTSD symptoms like triggers of smell or sound, hypervigilance, and flashbacks. EMDR for PTSD enables the healing of the existing mechanisms of the nervous system by:
- Desensitizing past disturbing memories avoids triggering a flight, fight, freeze, or fawn emergency response in the body.
- Instructing the brain to position more precisely according to time and place lets the mind recognize that the traumatic event is over.
- Engrossing with the upper cortex of the brain that holds rational reasoning and thought allows the brain to think more precisely about the events and unlink the mind to cognitive distortions.
- Minimizing vividness and power of visual or other provocations related to specific traumatic memory.
- Activating the parasympathetic nervous system helps the body return to a homeostatic state that encourages a neutral to a positive outlook, a greater sense of ease, and smooth digestion and physical healing.
Online PTSD Therapy By An Experienced Psychologist
Dr. Joseph Lancaster is a renowned psychologist and offers PTSD Therapy in Orange County, Ca. He acts as a first respondent in PTSD treatment and decides the treatment based on the patient’s symptoms and conditions to help them recover from trauma. Dr. Lancaster prefers hypnotherapy or EMDR therapy, the two most effective therapies for PTSD. He tries to help the patients understand and change their thoughts about their trauma and its aftermath. His treatment helps his patients to cope with all negative feelings.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Indiviual therapy
- Group therapy
- Closed or open eyes
- Hypnosis: being guided directly or not to have the patient’s unconscious powers influence their ego’s consciousness in a positive way, e.g., to be less anxious or depressed, to be motivated more than before, to have better relationships, etc.
- EMDR: desensitizing oneself away from old painful memories of trauma
- EMDR: due to the trauma, reprocessing one’s negative belief into a positive belief about oneself
- PTSD can last for many years, if left untreated
- Internal or external cues can continue to stimulate PTSD symptoms of anxiety
- Spontaneously, anxiety symptoms can automatically come forth in bad dreams, one’s world-view, body reactions, psychological and emotional reactions.