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A Final Note on Treatment Options

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, edited by C. E. Zupanick, Psy.D.

Many types of trauma involve a complete lack of choice and/or being controlled others. Thus, if a provider tells you that you have to do things a certain way in order to heal, it may activate your trauma script. In that case, you might passively comply with the provider because this was how you survived; i.e., to do what you were told to do without question. After reading this section, we hope you now know there is no singular, clear-cut, "best option" for treating PTSD, abuse, or other trauma-related concerns. We also applaud you for reading this article so that you are better informed about your options. Please continue your exploration and don't be afraid to ask questions of any provider that you might seek out. Remember, there are many self-guided programs and services available online (some of which we pointed to in this article). The biggest caution is that if you are feeling too overwhelmed or worse after trying any self-help approach, please seek professional guidance.

One more note about the "evidence based" distinction. Because the SAMHSA registry is very reputable in most clinical circles, we've focused largely on these treatments. However, these are not necessarily the only ones that insurances will pay for, especially if you are working with a provider who knows how to justify the use of a wide variety of services. Please discuss any billing and insurance questions with each provider you consult.