Anthony offers professional, sensitive psychotherapy tailored to meet your unique needs. He provides both short and long term psychotherapy utilizing a variety of treament methods. Treatment may be short-term (six months or less) or long-term depending upon the complexity of your recovery needs and ability to invest in your treatment.
Anthony has 12 years of experience helping clients with realationship difficulties, anxiety disorders, anger managment problems, depression,low self-esteem, trauma, and many other issues. He assists each person in developing a life worth living and in coping more effectively with the psychological distress that can impede one's ability to live a satisfying life.
Trauma is an event that threatens our physical, emotional, or psychological survival and safety. A traumatic event may cause fear or shock; endanger one's sense of long-term well-being; causes one to fear for his or her life, safety, or sanity; and may cause deep emotional pain, confusion, or fear. Trauma has or will affect most of us at some point in our lives. It can occur through a car accident; the sudden loss of a loved-one through death; through the experience of a criminal act such as armed robbery or sexual assault; subjection to serious emotional or physical abuse; exposure to war or terrorism; or any momentary, repeated, or prolonged exposure to intense fear. Some psychologists even consider birth to be a traumatizing experience. Many people recover from trauma through the support of family and friends and bounce back with great resiliency: for others, the recovery process is a longer journey. And, for some, the support, guidance, and assistance of professionals is fundamental to their healing.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Trauma
Of the various types of psychotherapy, the one most widely accepted as useful for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a relatively structured, long or short term psychotherapy that involves teaching individuals specific skills and techniques to address psychological distress and problematic behavior. Individuals are given “homework exercises” to reinforce acquired skills and desired behaviors between sessions. CBT is a collaborative psychotherapy in which the therapist and patient agree on the goals of the therapy.
Specific techniques utilized in CBT for PTSD include exposure, cognitive restructuring, relaxation, self-talk and assertiveness training. Of these techni ques, exposure therapy is the most intensive as it involves gradually facing the thoughts and memories of the traumatic event, situation, or place that makes one anxious. This is often done through the use of imagery or by returning to the place where one experienced the accident or trauma. Exposure techniques should be implemented gradually and done with the aid of an experienced clinician. The other techniques - cognitive restructuring, relaxation, self-talk and assertiveness training - may be used individually or in combination to maximize therapeutic benefit.
Signs and symptoms of unresolved emotional trauma include the following:
- Obsessive thoughts
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Anger or resentment
- Poor impulse control
- Chronic fatigue or apathy
- Emotional numbness
- Low self-esteem
- Fear of abandonment or loss
- Isolation and withdrawal