Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur to anyone at any age who has experienced or witnessed a trauma – a shocking and dangerous event where their life or others’ lives are in danger.

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD can be caused by any number of traumatic events such as war, physical/sexual assault or abuse, a terrorist attack, a tragic accident or a natural disaster. For example, the recent exposure to the severe tornadic weather, storms and flooding here in Northeast Oklahoma could present the psychological symptoms of PTSD amongst the families living in the affected communities.

There are many treatment options for PTSD including different talk therapies and medications. Trauma-focused psychotherapies are the most highly recommended treatment for PTSD. “Trauma-focused” means that the treatment focuses on the memory of the traumatic event or its meaning.

Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma (CRSOK) is the only Oklahoma community mental and behavioral health center certified in providing the internationally recognized Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care. Sanctuary recognizes that everyone experiences adversity, traumatic events and stress in their lives. These experiences shape their behavior.  As a Sanctuary Community, CRSOK uses the seven Sanctuary Commitments to create a safe environment where clients and staff learn to manage and change behavior and heal from these experiences.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options, please contact Crystal Brill, 918-236-4154 or LaQuieta Drew 918-236-4121.

Founded in 1982, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma is a non-profit community mental health center that provides quality emotional, behavioral and substance abuse services for all ages from birth to older adults regardless of their ability to pay. Counseling and recovery are only a call away, 918.492.2554.

To learn more visit crsok.org or contact Associate Director of Public Relations Samantha Knowlton at 918.236.4127 or sknowlton@crsok.org.