Like many things in life, change often begins through self-awareness and education. Understanding the facts and the reality of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can serve as a first step in not just treating this disorder but also help to prevent and destigmatize it. As Colorado Springs’ top counseling center, this is one of our main goals at LifeStance Health Psychotherapy Services.

Many people are unaware that nearly 70% of adults in the United States report experiencing at least one traumatic event in the span of their lives and perhaps even more startling, 20% of these individuals will go on to develop PTSD making this disorder a shared struggle with millions of Americans.

What Exactly Is PTSD?

It is a psychiatric disorder that can impact children, teens, and adults who have experienced what they perceive to have been a traumatic event. The key word is ‘perceive’ because despite the commonly shared symptoms, interestingly, two people can experience the same exact event resulting in one individual experiencing symptoms of PTSD and the other with nothing more than having noted an unpleasant experience. 

Symptoms of this disorder can include intrusive thoughts experienced as flashbacks and/or distressing dreams; negative and disturbing thoughts and feelings such as fear & shame; hyperarousal and reactive behaviors such as feeling on edge or paranoid; and of course, various efforts of avoidance regarding the event and memories surrounding the event. 

An important factor with many psychiatric disorders is understanding that getting treatment early on is the best course of action and often one that can help resolve much of the prolonged distress associated with PTSD. 

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic event, it can be beneficial to seek help from a professional even before symptoms of PTSD occur. Doing so can help expedite recovery and minimize unwanted symptoms that may later present themselves.  

PTSD Treatment At LifeStance Health

Our clinical team at LifeStance Health is able to provide the latest methods of PTSD treatment through evidence-based modalities to help evaluate, screen, diagnose, and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as many other psychiatric conditions. 

For more information, feel free to call us at 719-649-1902, email us at, or browse our full range of psychotherapy services for more information. Live the life you want and the life you deserve. A life you can love! 

James Garofalo, MA, CAC II

Founder/Owner – ViewPoints Psychotherapy Services, LLC 

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)