PTSD Therapy


Do you have PTSD or think you might? 

Are you a medical or mental health provider experiencing secondary trauma symptoms?

Have you tried to get PTSD therapy before only to waste your time, energy, and money?

I understand your frustration & am here to help.

What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?

PTSD is what happens to your body and mind when you are overwhelmed by a negative event. PTSD therapy gives you the extra help you need to complete the natural healing process. Normally, when something bad happens to you, your brain is able to process it. You have feelings about what happened then start to feel better. You learn something positive or helpful about yourself or the world. This allows you to move on.

What happens normally?

So, for example, say you are in a car accident. At the moment of impact, you think to yourself, "I'm going to die!" Your heart races, you hear the screech of tires and the crunch of metal, and you feel the impact in your body. If this experience doesn't overwhelm your system, you might feel disoriented for a bit. You might feel numb for a while.

But eventually, you will start to put two and two together that you did actually live, assess yourself for injury, and go about the process of recovering physically & emotionally. You'll figure out the practical issues. The next several times getting into the car might feel scary and you'll have that racing heartbeat and might even see flashes of the accident, but eventually this starts to slow and you realize you are okay. You made it through and maybe you need to pay closer attention or something to that effect.

What happens when you have PTSD?

If you have PTSD, though, you might go through the motions of putting the pieces back together, but emotionally...physically, you either keep reliving the experience (racing heart, nightmares, flashbacks, etc...) and/or feeling numb and disconnected. Your body keeps feeling like you are going to die even when you are sitting still in the car.

If you live with PTSD long enough, you might feel like a Jack in the Box never knowing when the anxiety is going to hit. Sometimes it will be obvious why you feel anxious. But other times, it might feel completely out of the blue. You might struggle in relationships because you're always "over-reacting". You might start to feel different than other people. Eventually, all this piles up and depression can sink in. 

Sometimes PTSD starts right after the bad thing happens. Sometimes it stays hidden until a new situation triggers this emotional roller coaster. As if this wasn't enough, you do not even have to experience the trauma first-hand. People who work as first-responders, medical providers, and other therapists can start to have the same symptoms as their patients.

How do you know if you need PTSD Therapy?

Most people do not think what happened to them was bad enough to cause PTSD. After all, someone always has it worse. Many people have tried therapy before and gotten multiple diagnoses that sort of fit. They start off all hopeful and really do begin to feel better, but then something shifts and they feel right back where they started. Sometimes this even happens with an accurate PTSD diagnosis. You are getting PTSD therapy, but the therapist might not have the advanced training to really help. 

PTSD does not have to be a life sentence. Once you understand how your PTSD works & you learn how to manage the symptoms, you can heal with the right tools. 

Where in Austin can you find the best PTSD therapy?

Traci W. Pirri, LCSW-S

I am here to help

Very early in my career, I found a passion for helping people overcome PTSD and the other effects of trauma. I help people find their core self to overcome all manner of traumas. To that end, I have leaned towards ongoing training and consultation that focuses on how to harness the resiliency of human beings.

While other therapists will also say they "do trauma", I have found that many people go to therapy for years, but never feel they have truly put their trauma behind them. This is because just talking about your trauma rarely helps. In fact, sometimes it makes things worse. You need specialized PTSD therapy. You need to understand how PTSD makes you tic. Additionally, helping professionals (emergency room staff, medical providers, other therapists, etc...) need more options, more skill, and more specific understanding of what will actually help. This is especially important if you want to actually function in your life while working through PTSD therapy. 

What sets me apart?

I am constantly learning to increase my understanding of trauma, its effects on the brain, and how to overcome PTSD. To then end, I have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Dissociation, and Attachment. Because I treat trauma so frequently, these skills never get rusty. And I've heard it all before. Your story will not shock or awe me because your story is just the starting place. Trauma therapy is about finding (or sometimes building) the bridge to get you to the other side. The goal is to get you started with the rest of your life.

PTSD is NOT something you have to live with. 

It can be overcome.

Are you ready to get started?

Schedule a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation