Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
“My philosophy for treating trauma is to first help the individual begin to better manage their symptoms, identify triggers for traumatic response and better manage them with improved coping mechanisms. Addressing the origins of past trauma is more effective once the patient feels more secure in the present.”
~ Peter C. Turco
Peter has been certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). This specialized credential is a clinical certification based upon knowledge of the following principles at a professional level:
- History of Trauma
- Active Ingredients in Healing Traumatic Stress
- Assessment Interviewing
- Safety and Stabilization
- Remembrance and Mourning
- Developing effective coping mechanisms for flashbacks and recurrent patterns
- Restore functioning levels and remove the adverse effects of trauma.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is real, impactful, and does not simply go away with time—in fact, with time it can potentially worsen. Fears, flashbacks, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, and stressful, unusual reactions to the most casual circumstances can persist and cause significant impairment.
PTSD might first appear as physical pain. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, “For people with chronic pain, the pain may actually serve as a reminder of the traumatic event, which will tend to make the PTSD even worse.
Survivors of physical, psychological, or sexual abuse tend to be more at risk for developing certain types of chronic pain later in their lives.”
PTSD will likely be accompanied by depression, anxiety, and even paranoia about engaging in situations that might seem to replicate the original anguish.
Other distinct characteristics of progressive PTSD would be avoidance or withdrawal, disengagement from social interaction or routine engagement, a tendency to isolate we’re losing interest in activities that were previously pleasurable to them.
PTSD symptoms may include repression, numbness or hyper-arousal, meaning a disproportionately strong reaction to an otherwise non-threatening event.
The treatment of PTSD should be twofold: the patient should be assisted in returning to a higher level of functioning prior to the trauma or separate themselves from the original trauma through verbalizing and openly addressing the distinct event. Separating oneself from the trauma is a major step toward recovery from PTSD.