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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Treatment for Women

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness affecting millions of people each year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “An estimated 3.6% of U.S. adults had PTSD in the past year.”

Avery Lane uses psychotherapy, peer support, alternative holistic therapies, and other modalities to treat PTSD and co-occurring disorders. The clinical team uses a trauma-informed approach to care and offers trauma-specific treatments to help women process and manage underlying trauma.

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What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    People who experience or witness a trauma or severely distressing event may develop PTSD. The disorder is characterized by maladaptive behavioral and psychological responses to stress. Anyone can develop PTSD at any point in their lives. However, childhood physical abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse are some of the most common risk factors for PTSD.

    No two people respond to stress in the same way. What one person finds highly traumatic may not cause any distress for someone else. Trauma is a highly personal experience. The treatment for PTSD must be individualized to ensure the best outcome. Avery Lane offers personalized trauma treatment for women diagnosed with primary or co-occurring PTSD.

    PTSD is a very common co-occurring disorder and often accompanies the following:

    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Specific phobias
    • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
    • Major depression
    • Panic disorder
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    Substance use disorder (SUD) is a common co-occurring disorder. According to Clinical Psychology, “Individuals with PTSD were 2 to 4 times more likely than individuals without PTSD to meet criteria for an SUD.” Treatment for co-occurring PTSD and active SUD often begins with medically assisted detox to ensure physical stability before transitioning into residential or outpatient treatment for dual diagnosis. Avery Lane offers a full continuum of care, including primary or secondary substance abuse treatment. Women with co-occurring PTSD and SUD benefit from attending gender-specific, trauma-informed programs where experts in trauma treatment address their symptoms and any underlying issues.

    How Does PTSD & Trauma Affect the Brain?

    Trauma has a profound effect on the brain and other body systems. Childhood trauma can cause lifelong physical changes to the brain’s structure, affecting memory, focus, and stress tolerance. According to Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, “Core neurochemical features of PTSD include abnormal regulation of catecholamine, serotonin, amino acid, peptide, and opioid neurotransmitters, each of which is found in brain circuits that regulate/integrate stress and fear responses.”

    Some regions of the brain most commonly affected by PTSD include:

    • Prefrontal lobe
    • Occipital lobe
    • Parietal lobule

    Changes in the brain caused by trauma may trigger a “flight-or-fight” response in individuals experiencing acute or chronic stress. Treatment helps women reprocess their trauma and reduce the side effects of PTSD.

    Common Signs of PTSD

    The symptoms of PTSD exist along a spectrum, making it difficult for some people to recognize when they have the disorder. However, most people experience multiple automatic trauma responses when exposed to stress.

    Some common signs of PTSD include:

    • Difficulty focusing
    • Constantly feeling on high alert or on the lookout for danger
    • Flashbacks of traumatic events
    • Other dissociative events
    • Physical reactions, including tremors, muscle aches, headaches, nausea, or vomiting
    • Intense feelings of fear, dread, or hopelessness
    • Depressive episodes
    • Anxiety /li>
    • Changes to appetite
    • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia, night terrors, and difficulty staying asleep

    Individuals with PTSD have specific triggers related to their trauma that temporarily worsen symptoms. Triggers differ for everyone and may include everyday thoughts, beliefs, locations, people, or objects. Professional mental health treatment is the best way to identify and manage trauma triggers related to PTSD. Avery Lane addresses PTSD, underlying traumas, and any co-occurring disorders simultaneously using comprehensive trauma treatment and integrative care. Clinicians collaborate to ensure each department provides consistent and effective treatments for clients with complex trauma, PTSD, and other conditions.

    Overcome PTSD & Transform Trauma into Triumph

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common co-occurring disorders, and the symptoms often impact all areas of a person’s life. Early intervention and treatment is the best way to reduce the risk of long-term side effects and severe symptoms. To learn more about the care programs and trauma treatment we offer at Avery Lane, call our office today at (800) 270-2406.

    Treatment Options at Avery Lane

    Avery Lane is the only treatment center in Northern California offering gender-specific trauma recovery, primary mental health, and secondary substance misuse programs. Many forms of trauma can cause PTSD. The care team collaborates with clients to determine which treatment modality best fits their unique circumstances, preferences, and needs.

    Women with PTSD have a wide range of therapies and services to choose from, including:

    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
    • Seeking Safety
    • Intensive group and individual psychotherapy
    • Psychoeducation
    • Brain Spotting
    • Beyond Trauma
    • Alternative holistic therapies

    Treatment programs provide women in recovery with a safe space to heal and become part of a larger community of women helping women. Every level of care encourages women to uplift and support one another through recovery.

    Thriving in Long-Term Recovery

    PTSD often requires long-term treatment to manage. Trauma accumulated over a lifetime may take years to treat. Programs at Avery Lane help stabilize women and guide them through managing their PTSD. Women with more complex trauma may benefit from continuing individual therapy and other forms of treatment after completing their program at Avery Lane. Case managers provide details about local treatment options and referrals to ensure women in recovery continue to heal and thrive. Every client is given the resources and tools to succeed at recovering from PTSD and any co-occurring conditions.

    Transform Your Life with Mental Health Care

    Avery Lane provides expertly designed treatment programs for various mental health conditions, including:


    Therapy, anti-anxiety medications, and mindfulness.

    Bipolar Disorder

    A multi-faceted approach to bipolar disorder.

    Borderline Personality Disorder

    Addressed with DBT, CBT, and medication.


    Overcome codependency with healthy boundaries.


    Combining multiple therapeutic methods.

    Grief and Loss

    Nurturing resilience indifficult times.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    Actively confront and overcome PTSD.

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    We were all so fortunate to find Avery Lane when our daughter was at a low point. An initial diagnosis was confirmed by staff and the time spent there in recovery was very beneficial to both our daughter and ourselves. Our daughter was able to find out why she was behaving the way she was and was given many tools to help her recovery.

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    I can only say that seeking help is the first big step. I am so grateful to have found the team at Avery Lane…this past year has been far from easy or simple. I’ve had my moments of doubt, crisis, despair, loneliness…. but in each of those instances I had an incredible group of women to help me through my journey…reminding me of the many tools at my disposal, the strength of my soul and the freedom that comes when you face your worst fears.

    D.R. - Avery Lane Alumni

    My daughter chose to go to Avery Lane because it was founded by a woman, run by women and only treated women. It gave her a safe sanctuary to heal as well as peace of mind for us, her parents, who did not want her in a co-ed treatment program."

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