Joe’s therapeutic orientation is integrative, primarily using interventions from CBT, Systems Theory, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
**Team specialists available at both our Sycamore IL and Pingree Grove/Hampshire IL locations.
LivingRite’s PTSD and Trauma Recovery Team provides individuals the opportunity to obtain specialized, individualized treatment in the areas of trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We provide evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Our Team Specialists have extensive training, supervision, and experience in providing trauma-focused interventions to address your specific needs.
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The PTSD and Trauma Recovery Specialty Team Lead is Stephanie Hawotte, MA, LCPC.
Why Seek Treatment?
Many people experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Some people naturally recover from these events and are able to move on with their lives with little difficulty. For some people, however, the natural recovery process does not occur, and they develop symptoms that interfere with functioning in social, academic, and/or occupational areas, and result in a diagnosis of a trauma-related disorder. Symptoms can lead to severe impairment that can result in individuals being unable to function in their roles as parents/caregivers, co-workers, students, etc. For these individuals, specialized treatment aimed at reducing trauma-related symptoms can be an effective way to understand better their experiences and symptoms, gain control, and ultimately get back into their lives!
Specialized Treatment Options
The following empirically-validated, evidence-based treatments for Trauma and PTSD are offered at the PTSD and Trauma Recovery Team.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that includes: Psycho-education, real world practice, and talking through the trauma. The last two parts of PE incorporate exposure-based interventions that are designed to reduce avoidance of trauma reminders and improve feelings of competency and control.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that focuses on the following: knowledge of PTSD symptoms, awareness of thoughts and feelings, learning skills, and modifying maladaptive beliefs about the self, others, and the trauma. CPT therapists work with their clients in an effort to develop a new way of dealing with traumatic experiences.
Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that focuses on allowing inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations to be properly processed and stored in the brain. Problematic information resulting from unresolved earlier experiences is discarded and replaced by emotions that will direct individuals toward healthier living.
What can I expect?
Treatment begins with an assessment of your symptoms and getting a better understanding of how your traumatic experiences have impacted your life. You and your therapist will then develop a treatment plan to fit your needs and discuss how treatment can be helpful in reducing your symptoms over the long-run. Your therapist will then provide educational information in order to help you better understand your anxiety and other emotions. When you are ready, you will work on processing and dealing with the traumatic experience. All therapeutic approaches involve approaching things that you might normally avoid. Through various exercises that you do in session and at home on your own, your symptoms can resolve quickly. These treatment approaches are typically effective within 12-16 sessions of active treatment!
How do I get started?
If you are interested in meeting with one of our therapists, please review the profiles of our Trauma Specialists below. If you wish to schedule an appointment, please click here to set up an appointment.