Mental Health & Counseling located in Ohio City , Cleveland, OH


Seven out of 10 adults (and nearly as many teens) develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a traumatic event. PTSD causes overwhelming anxiety and flashbacks, but you can overcome your symptoms with help from the experienced therapists at PMA Assessment and Counseling in Cleveland, Ohio. They provide integrative care, drawing from numerous therapies to create personalized treatments targeting your mental health needs. Don’t wait to call the office or use online booking to request an in-person or telemedicine appointment.


What causes PTSD?

PTSD occurs after you experience or witness a frightening or life-threatening event. Your intense emotions overwhelm your brain. Instead of dealing with the emotional fallout, your brain hides the details in your subconscious and then stays on high alert, which causes PTSD.

The traumas that most often cause PTSD include:

  • Combat duty
  • Gun violence
  • Physical assault or abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Robberies or home invasions
  • Accidents (car, plane, boat, etc.)
  • Death of a loved one
  • Natural disasters (hurricanes, tornados, etc.)

You can have PTSD after one significant event, or you could develop the condition after numerous experiences like living through months or years of emotional abuse.

What symptoms does PTSD cause?

Feeling anxious or frightened after a traumatic event is expected. However, these symptoms improve in a few weeks for many people. You have PTSD if your symptoms last a month or longer.

The top symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (negative thoughts, hopelessness, sadness)
  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Irritability and anger
  • Easily startled or frightened
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory loss
  • Guilt or shame
  • Avoidance

Avoidance means you purposefully stay away from the places, people, and events that may trigger memories of your trauma.

Why do PTSD symptoms suddenly flare up?

Your brain stores details from the trauma (sounds, smells, and sights) in your subconscious memory. You’re usually unaware of them until one day, you randomly encounter a person, place, or activity with similar details that trigger your memory.

You’re suddenly flooded with intense emotions, ranging from anxiety and fear to anger and aggression. You may behave in ways that are not typical for you.

How is PTSD treated?

The PMA Assessment and Counseling therapists are experts in several therapies recommended for treating PTSD, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

You may only need psychotherapy, but the team also offers therapies that promote your mental and overall well-being, such as:

  • Breathwork
  • Mindfulness
  • Art therapy
  • Health coaching
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Sleep therapy
  • Yoga

PMA Assessment and Counseling also uniquely offers outdoor sessions — walk-and-talk therapy — an approach that supports talk therapy while providing the immense benefits of nature and exercise.

The caring team at PMA Assessment and Counseling offers personalized care for overcoming PTSD. You can get help in-person or through telehealth by calling the office or booking online.