Re: “Having issues discovering a therapist in the Seattle space? Below are some tips” [Dec. 14, Local News]:

In my 40 yrs of follow as a medical social employee, 3-quarters of the people today who’ve occur to me for therapy have suffered from submit-traumatic anxiety disorder (PTSD). A lot of of people persons have dissociation, when their anxious units shut down the fear and/or discomfort that arrives down from trauma. The trauma typically will come from histories of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, within or exterior the relatives. PTSD can occur from any trauma: staying robbed, shot at, having a awful boss, staying bullied, losing a work or a spot to reside. The lengthier and extra excessive the trauma, the more critical the PTSD and dissociation. Persons with these histories are the most probably to arrive to treatment, from the abuse, or when triggered by the isolation and losses that appear from this pandemic.

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), ego-state therapies and somatic psychotherapies are nicely researched therapies for trauma and dissociation. CBT (cognitive behavioral treatment) and DBT (dialectical behavioral remedy), which focus on cognitive therapy, never contact the bodily problems that undergird all trauma diagnoses. I hope readers who experience from PTSD and dissociation know to look for remedy that can proficiently treat their mental wellbeing troubles.

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, Seattle