SPECIALIZED TREATMENT FOR PTSD
IN ORDER TO CONQUER FEAR, YOU CANNOT GO AROUND. YOU MUST GO THROUGH.
Pediatric and Adult individuals whose primary presenting problem is Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Acute Stress Disorder symptomatology is similar to PTSD, but occurs within an immediate, brief timeframe after the traumatic event and may not develop into PTSD. Trauma in this context includes witnessing or experiencing threatened or actual death or injury (extreme circumstances), or hearing of a loved one being exposed. By definition, the resulting repetitive intrusions only relate to the trauma content and can manifest as reliving the experience via memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional/physical responses to reminders. One of the primary symptoms is often extraordinary and persistent efforts to avoid reminders and triggering stimuli of the trauma. There can also be hypervigilance, difficulty experiencing positive emotions, and overly negative beliefs about the world. The individual's neurological, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms are present throughout the day, every day, and are impairing psychological, occupational, and/or social functioning.
Examples of trauma could include physical or sexual assault/violence, abuse, shooting, transportation accident, natural disaster, robbery, first-responder situations, war casualties, etc.
(Note: Many individuals have had an experience or situation they consider traumatic at some point in their lives; however, you might imagine traumatic experiences on a continuum where most life events are not quite to the catastrophic and dangerous end of the spectrum (serious injury or life-threatening). The less threatening or dangerous traumatic situations (e.g. divorce, stressful job, difficult relationship) often have effects that manifest in non-PTSD ways (e.g. depression, interpersonal struggles). Another distinction is that it can be stressful or painful for anyone to voluntarily think back or even to have a sudden memory of a traumatic event, but with PTSD when the individual is trying desperately to live in the present moment (sometimes due to avoidance), they become flooded with repeated, involuntary, trauma memories and flashbacks, throughout the day, every day without much reprieve.
Non-PTSD effects can cause problems with attachment, interpersonal effectiveness, trust, emotion regulation, Depressive and Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc. In the case that these issues are present in addition to PTSD, PTSD is usually the primary issue. Dr. Curiel only treats the symptoms of PTSD, but can provide a referral for other symptoms and conditions when appropriate. Dr. Curiel can also help you clarify between the above presenting problems and PTSD and help you find evidence-based treatment to fit your needs.)
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This is preferable for those individuals not within driving distance of the Kansas City area, but still in Missouri or Kansas and in need of specialized care. Or for those with busy schedules, this can be a convenient option.
Evidenced-based treatments (where research demonstrates effectiveness) are often considered short-term compared to conventional talk/process or insight-oriented therapies that can last for years. EBTs allow for quicker amelioration of symptoms and less time and costs required in the long-term. Of course, the severity of impairment or complexity in presentation can sometimes require a longer treatment episode; however, many of Dr. Curiel's adult patients discharge within 4 months of weekly sessions.
Dr. Curiel is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral and Exposure Therapies. Approaches utilized by Dr. Curiel for ASD and PTSD are Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. She has received extensive training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, implementing these approaches in various levels of care. She also teaches graduate courses on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.
1201 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Suite 200 2nd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64116
*Clock tower building. Enter from elevator onto 2nd floor. You'll see a receptionist.
204A NE Douglas St. Lee's Summit, MO 64063
*Neighborhood is primarily residential. Tan, converted building. Last entrance.
Hours vary and are by appointment.