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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Types of Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Counseling for Veterans

Counseling for Veterans

Veterans who receive counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) meet with a therapist, typically a psychologist. Types of psychotherapy for former military personnel include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Studies indicate that CBT is the most effective treatment for PTSD. Veterans who receive CBT may undergo either cognitive processing therapy (CPT) or prolonged exposure therapy (PE). Both are effective in civilian populations.

EMDR is a form of CBT that’s different from so-called talk therapy. With EMDR, veterans focus on sounds or hand movements while talking about the trauma. Some studies show that EMDR helps PTSD sufferers to heal more quickly and overcome severe emotional pain or trauma. EMDR critics disagree.

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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!!!

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