Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)?
If you are mentally distressed for a prolonged time after being exposed to traumatic events such as sexual violence, bullying, natural disasters, or accidents, or if you are suffering from anxiety, anger, fear, or lethargy due to recurring traumatic thoughts, you might be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).
If PTSD symptoms do not go away after a few months, but rather are sustained or worsened, it is highly recommended to get professional treatment.
–Recurrence: Pervasive, distressing memories of the traumatic event recur and might experience extreme emotional pain, nightmares, or flashbacks.
–Avoidance: To avoid unwanted recurring memories or emotions, one might avoid specific places, activities, or people, which negatively affects daily lives.
–Hyperarousal: Always anxious and tense, sleeping problems, and have trouble concentrating. They are cautious of their surroundings and are easily startled by small sounds or movements.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy(PE)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy(PE) is a psychological treatment developed by Dr. Edna B. Foa at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a scientifically proven treatment method that is highly effective in treating PTSD caused by sexual violence, disasters, accidents, crimes, or torture in a short amount of time.
PE strategically helps the clients to face their traumatic memories and to process their emotions. It provides them with highly effective skills to stop avoiding anxiety-inducing situations, but rather, actively resolve them and eventually eliminate PTSD symptoms all together.
Dr. Edna B. Foa
Dr. Edna Foa, an American psychologist, is a professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa received her Ph.D degree in Clinical Psychology and Personality at the University of Missouri in 1970. Furthermore, she has been devoted in researching psychopathological treatment for anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, and social phobia. She is currently one of the leading experts in these fields. Dr. Foa was also the chair of OCD and PTSD work group for DSM-IV. She worked as a chair of Treatment Guideline Committee at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and has written more than 250 articles and numerous books. She received a number of awards and honors for her achievements.
“Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) Certified PE as a PTSD Treatment Method”
PE was acknowledged by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) as an effective treatment method for PTSD. Countless PTSD patients have overcome PTSD through PE therapy.
With the help of Dr. Edna Foa, the Tree Group has been helping clients in Korea to cope with PTSD through PE and educating professionals since 2005.
Specialized PTSD Treatment Program at the Tree Group
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
Clinicians at the Tree Group have been helping trauma survivors suffering from a wide range of distressing memories. Numerous clients have been relying on alcohol or other substances to cope with their trauma of natural disasters, accidents, crimes, bullying, sexual violence, and domestic violence, and even interpersonal relationships, as they had not received proper treatment for a few months or even for a few decades. The clients, with the full support of the clinicians at the Tree Group, have achieved “12 Weeks of Leap” through this program.
Anyone can suffer from PTSD after experiencing traumatic events, and with Prolonged Exposure Therapy, a specialized psychotherapy for PTSD, one can get better.