Jonathan Levy LCSW on PTSD
Updated: May 22, 2019
Some people who experience a traumatic event, such as abuse, a natural disaster, assault, or war, may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD can feel acute fear, shock, and stress even when not in any danger. Although most people who have experienced a traumatic situation will feel scared or shocked, but people who suffer from PTSD experience the following for at least one month:
Flashbacks, bad dreams, and scary thoughts;
Avoidance of people, places, and thoughts that may trigger memories of the traumatic event;
Being easily rattled, ongoing tension, fear, irritability, anger, and sleep disturbances;
Memory issues around the event, negative thoughts about oneself, unresolvable guilt, or loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
The good news is that therapy can be very effective when it comes to treating PTSD. An experienced therapist with a specialization in trauma can help you process your difficult memories, manage the fear that you may associate with them, and eventually find a way of understanding the trauma in a way that helps you effectively move forward in life. Jonathan Levy LCSW an experienced Chicago therapist, counselor, and life coach has extensive experience with trauma.
One effective treatment of PTSD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), can help you process your trauma and overcome the immediate symptoms of distress. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a procedure that rapidly helps individuals resolve painful or disturbing memories. It is a relatively new development in psychology, originally designed to help survivors of trauma. It is effective for PTSD as well as less traumatic memories that may be difficult to emotionally process. There are a number of phases in an EMDR treatment, but the focus is on the client thinking about a particular memory while moving his/her eyes in a side-to-side motion. This motion, called bilateral stimulation, appears to help facilitate communication between both hemispheres of the brain.
Establish a new narrative.
Trauma is a life changing event – Jonathan Levy LCSW aims to help you make sense of your past life experiences and overcome your hardships. From childhood physical and sexual abuse, to emotional neglect, to rape, violence, war and disasters – you can regain your strength to meet the challenges ahead. Over time, trauma and abuse therapy can help you:
Regain your sense of self
Feel better – relieving signs of depression and anxiety
Resolve painful or disturbing memories
Create a new story for your future, and feel happy again