PTSD and Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur after an individual goes through a traumatic event like assault, child abuse, war, or disaster. After experiencing trauma, most everyone experiences some level of PTSD, such as nightmares or recurring thoughts of the event. These symptoms usually fade over a short period of time. For some, however, traumatic events can be devastating with long-lasting psychological effects and can interfere with their ability to function. People suffering from PTSD may have difficulty managing everyday activities and may avoid family and friends. They may experience frequent nightmares, flashbacks, or intense feelings of anxiety, depression, or guilt. PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time and stronger PTSD symptoms may be triggered when an individual is stressed or encounters reminders of the traumatic events.

Complex trauma or C-PTSD refers to trauma that is prolonged, occurs multiples times, involves harm in an important relationship such as a caretaker, and has the potential to impact your emotional development. C-PTSD frequently results from years of hurtful childhood experiences with caretakers, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. This repeated and ongoing exposure to trauma can have long-lasting psychological effects.

PTSD Symptoms:

If you are struggling with any of the following effects of a traumatic event, Dr. Mazzei is here to help you.

  • Recurrent and intrusive distressing thoughts about the traumatic event
  • Recurrent nightmares
  • Feeling as if the event were recurring
  • Having intense physical reactions to reminders of the event, such as racing heart, rapid breathing, and muscle tension
  • Being easily startled
  • Avoiding thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling irritable or angry for no apparent reason
  • Substance abuse

PTSD Treatment and Trauma Therapy

Dr. Mazzei, a trauma psychologist, fosters a safe space in which your healing from tragedy can occur. The brain and body have an amazing capacity to heal. Trauma therapy allows us to break free from deep emotional pain and to thrive. Dr. Mazzei will provide you with emotional support as you process painful experiences. With therapy, you will develop skills to cope with distressing feelings and make positive life changes. The goal of psychotherapy is to lessen the psychological and physical effects of trauma, improve your mood, increase your self-worth, and give you hope for the future.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), relaxation training, mindfulness, and lifestyle guidance are trauma-informed techniques Dr. Mazzei uses in therapy. Additionally, she provides biofeedback and neurofeedback (i.e. alpha-theta training), which can be helpful adjuncts to the treatment of trauma-related symptoms. Working together, Dr. Mazzei and you will develop personalized strategies for coping with your emotional challenges and uncover the solutions you need for a better life.

What is online PTSD treatment like?

Many people prefer online counseling for convenience, comfort, privacy, and safety. PTSD therapies can be easily modified for online therapy, including EMDR and CBT. Dr. Mazzei’s approach will help to foster a trusting and safe space in which you can you work on overcoming the impact of trauma. Any communication and handouts can be easily transmitted virtually. A HIPAA compliant video-conferencing software is used so that your sessions remain private and secure.

How do I get started?

If you are struggling with overwhelming emotions, please reach out. You can see Dr. Mazzei for trauma therapy at her counseling practice in Chandler and for online PTSD treatment. Our staff can discuss treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment. If you have any questions or would like an initial consultation, please call or contact us today.

Connect with us

Evolutions Behavioral Health Services is conveniently located at 3120 N. Arizona Avenue, Suite 103, Chandler, AZ, 85225. Additionally, Dr. Mazzei offers teletherapy for online PTSD treatment.  You can reach us at (480) 448-6755.