PTSD Awareness Day: Supporting Those Affected

June 27th marks PTSD Awareness Day, a significant occasion dedicated to raising awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that affects millions worldwide. At Innerspace Counseling, we believe in the importance of understanding PTSD, recognizing its symptoms, and supporting those who suffer from this condition. This day serves as a reminder of the impact PTSD can have on individuals' lives and the crucial role that effective treatment and support play in their recovery.

Understanding PTSD

PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Such events can include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist acts, war/combat, different types of violent personal assaults, illness and more. PTSD is characterized by a range of symptoms that can disrupt daily life and affect overall well-being.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Symptoms of PTSD can vary significantly among individuals, but they generally fall into four categories:

  1. Intrusive Memories: These include recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of traumatic events, flashbacks, and severe emotional or physical reactions to reminders of the trauma.

  2. Avoidance: This involves trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event, and avoiding places, activities, or people that remind one of the trauma(s).

  3. Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Symptoms may include negative thoughts about oneself or the world, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, difficulty maintaining close relationships, and feelings of detachment from family and friends.

  4. Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions: These can manifest as being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard for danger, self-destructive behavior, trouble sleeping, and irritability or aggressive behavior.

The Importance of Early Intervention and Treatment

Early intervention is key to managing PTSD effectively. At Innerspace Counseling, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provide structured and supportive environments where individuals can work through their trauma with professional help.

Treatment Options for PTSD

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is particularly effective for individuals with PTSD, especially those who also struggle with suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviors. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices to help individuals regulate their emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a widely-used treatment for PTSD that helps individuals challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. Exposure therapy, a type of CBT, is particularly beneficial for PTSD patients, as it helps them confront and process their traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment.

  3. Medication: In some cases, psychiatrists may prescribe medication to help manage PTSD symptoms. Antidepressants, for example, can be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are often associated with PTSD.

  4. Supportive Therapies: Group therapy and family therapy can provide additional support, allowing individuals to share their experiences and learn from others facing similar challenges. These therapies also help friends and family members understand what their loved one is going through and how they can best support them.

The Role of Innerspace Counseling in PTSD Treatment

Innerspace Counseling is committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to those suffering from PTSD. Our IOP and PHP programs offer intensive, structured treatment that addresses the unique needs of each individual. We understand that recovery from PTSD is a journey, and we are dedicated to walking that path with our clients every step of the way.

Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists work collaboratively to develop personalized treatment plans that incorporate various therapeutic approaches, including DBT and CBT. By offering a supportive environment and evidence-based treatments, we aim to help our clients regain control of their thoughts and feelings, improve their coping skills, and enhance their overall quality of life.

Supporting Loved Ones with PTSD

Support from friends and family is crucial for individuals with PTSD. Understanding and compassion can make a significant difference in their recovery process. Here are some ways to support a loved one with PTSD:

  1. Educate Yourself: Learn about PTSD and its symptoms. Understanding what your loved one is experiencing can help you provide better support.

  2. Be Patient: Recovery from PTSD takes time. Be patient and offer consistent support, even when progress seems slow.

  3. Encourage Treatment: Encourage your loved one to seek professional help. Offer to help them find resources, such as Innerspace Counseling, and accompany them to appointments if they feel comfortable.

  4. Listen and Validate: Allow your loved one to talk about their feelings and experiences without judgment. Validate their emotions and let them know that their feelings are real and understandable.

  5. Take Care of Yourself: Supporting someone with PTSD can be challenging. Make sure to take care of your own mental health and seek support if needed.

Raising Awareness and Reducing Stigma

PTSD Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about PTSD and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders. By educating ourselves and others, we can create a more supportive and understanding environment for those affected by PTSD.

At Innerspace Counseling, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care for individuals with PTSD and other mental health issues. Our treatment programs, including the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), are designed to help individuals overcome their challenges and lead fulfilling lives.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Contact Innerspace Counseling today to learn more about our treatment options and how we can support you on your journey to recovery.


On this PTSD Awareness Day, let's commit to understanding, recognizing, and supporting those affected by PTSD. With the right treatment and support, recovery is possible. Innerspace Counseling is here to provide the care and resources needed to navigate this journey. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those living with PTSD.

By raising awareness and promoting understanding, we can help ensure that those affected by PTSD receive the support and treatment they need. Remember, PTSD is a serious but treatable condition, and with the right help, individuals can lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Let's use this PTSD Awareness Day to spread the word and make a positive impact.