PTSD & Trauma

You’re always on edge. You haven’t slept well in a long time. Certain things like loud noises drive you crazy. And it feels like everyone pisses you off.

You’ve tried to push this all away and soldier on. You think no one wants to hear your whining about some event that, after all, you survived, right?

But the more you try to bury it down and get away from these feelings, the more it catches up to you.

You wish you could just settle down; that you weren’t on edge all the time; that you could just relax and enjoy life like “normal” people. You wish you didn’t wake up in cold sweats with nightmares that make you relive the events you’ve been trying so hard not to think about.

If this sounds all too familiar, you may be dealing with PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

When most people think of PTSD, they (rightly) think of veterans returning from war with a blank stare in their eyes and wounds on their body. However, many different traumatic events can cause PTSD. For example, it is common among some auto accident victims. Additionally, PTSD is extremely common after experiencing a sexual assault; about half of sexual assault victims develop PTSD.

PTSD is a tough, life-changing challenge that robs you of your normal life. But there is good news.

I can help.

Therapy has been proven to be an effective way to manage PTSD. In fact, studies have shown that therapy (aka counseling, psychotherapy), is the MOST effective way to manage PTSD. I can also say I anecdotally know this to be true from my own first hand experience. I’ve been working for more than twenty years to help people manage their PTSD. If you’re struggling with PTSD, I’d like to work with you too.

I’m Dr. Belinda Barnett. I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to helping people going through the same challenges you are. I worked with the Veterans Administration for over eighteen years on some of the most difficult cases there are. I understand how hard feeling like this can be… 

And I can help. 

I am a down-to-earth person who will treat you as an equal. I do not see the therapeutic relationship as doctor-patient, but rather two people working together. I have book knowledge and clinical training, but you have the knowledge of yourself. My aim is for us to work together to help solve your problems.

The first step in that process is to contact me. Easy, right?