If you have difficulty recovering from a past traumatic event, see the specialists at Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling, a virtual telehealth practice based in Flushing, Queens, New York City. Licensed mental health counselor Michelle Ilyayev, LMHC, and her team diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to improve your quality of life. Call The office to schedule a telehealth appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is a mental health condition characterized by flashbacks and nightmares after experiencing a traumatic life event. PTSD can cause distressing memories and inhibit your ability to live life to the fullest. Visit with a mental health provider at Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling at the first sign of crippling PTSD symptoms.

What are the hallmark symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms of PTSD often include:

  • Distressing thoughts and memories
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Always being on guard
  • Getting startled easily
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Substance misuse
  • Difficulty concentrating

PTSD might cause you to struggle in interpersonal relationships, lose interest in your favorite activities, and perform poorly at work or in school.

What can cause PTSD?

Traumatic life situations might lead to PTSD and its debilitating symptoms. Examples include participating in military combat; being a first responder; being in a car accident or natural disaster; suffering from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; or being the victim of (or witnessing) other crimes.

How does my specialist diagnose PTSD?

To determine if you have PTSD and develop an effective treatment, the Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling team discusses your medical history, medications, lifestyle habits, thoughts, mood, emotions, and behavior patterns. They visit with you virtually via telehealth for added convenience and personalize each treatment based on your needs.

How is PTSD treated?

The standard PTSD treatments include counseling, medications, lifestyle habit changes, and combinations of treatments to help you overcome past trauma.

The Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling specialists offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and other forms of psychotherapy that reduce bothersome PTSD symptoms and help you live your best life after trauma.

You meet with a provider weekly via telehealth or as needed to ensure success. The team provides individual therapy, couples and family counseling, child psychology, group therapy, and more based on your needs and treatment preferences. They follow up with you regularly during your treatment.

To overcome crippling PTSD symptoms with the help of Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling, call the office or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.