PTSD Therapy for Veterans – How Many Counseling Sessions?

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PTSD Therapy for Veterans - Counseling

PTSD Therapy for Veterans – Counseling

PTSD therapy for veterans often takes the form of counseling or therapy. Although psychotherapy is not the only way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), talk therapy is often recommended. By working with a trained therapist, veterans can discuss combat experiences and learn coping skills.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term PTSD treatment in four parts: cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, relaxation techniques, and PTSD education. Typically, CBT for PTSD requires 8 to 20 sessions. That’s just an average, however, and some post-military patients may also require medical treatment.

CBT therapists may differ in their approach to PTSD therapy. For example, some counselors may emphasize cognitive therapy over exposure therapy. Others may stress PTSD education over relaxation techniques. All VA therapists are trained providers, however, typically with experience in behavioral clinics.

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Christopher "Patches" Norton is a Retired 20 year United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Chris also served 5.5 years as the Lead Loadmaster on the Super Guppy Transport at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chris was Disability Retired from NASA in 2012 following an injury on a Super Guppy mission. As a Veteran, Chris turned to the Veterans Administration medical system for assistance and this is where this story really begins. What Chris seen at the Houston, TX VA Hospital left him with an urgent feeling and need to give back. But just as the Bible says, it's better to teach a man to fish than give him one. Chris searched and found the Empower Network and saw how he could bring help to 100's, 1000's and even tens of 1,000's in a powerful way. Although all of us have different challenges, Chris saw believes the Empower Network WILL work for anyone... and CLICKING RIGHT HERE is how it starts!!!