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“It's very important to unlock what caused the PTSD.”

Sarah Humphries

US Army

Talk Therapy

Trauma-focused psychotherapy is the most effective type of talk therapy for PTSD. There are different kinds of trauma-focused psychotherapy, but the three treatments listed below have the most research support.

In each of these therapies, you'll meet with a therapist once a week for 60 to 90 minutes. Your therapist will teach you specific skills to help you manage your PTSD symptoms.

These therapies usually lasts for 3 to 4 months. Then, if you still have symptoms, you and your therapist can talk about ways to manage them.

Trying to figure out which PTSD treatment is best for you?

Learn about effective treatment options with PTSD Treatment Decision Aid. You can read about different treatments, hear advice from people who have been through these treatments, and watch videos of providers explaining how the treatments work. You can also build a chart to compare the treatments you like the most and print a personalized summary that lists your symptoms, treatment preferences, and questions to share with your provider.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health