Talk Therapy - PTSD: National Center for PTSD
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“It's very important to unlock what caused the PTSD.”

Sarah Humphries

U.S. Army, 1994-2012

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Talk Therapy

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The treatments that work best for PTSD are trauma-focused talk therapies. "Trauma-focused" means that the therapy focuses on your memory of the traumatic event or what it means to you. There are other talk therapies that do not focus on your trauma. Learn about the research for different talk therapies and what you can expect in treatment.

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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.

Most of these therapies below 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
Email: ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health