Treatment includes different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy, as well as medications to control symptoms. The following information on recommended interventions is intended to provide doctors with a basic understanding of the specific treatment approach. Physicians are encouraged to familiarize themselves with each of the different interventions to determine which of them might be consistent with their practice, to develop an additional training and professional development plan, and to learn about the variety of evidence-based treatment options to help patients make decisions and refer them to other patients. The information contained in this document is not sufficient to enable one to become competent in the administration of these treatments.
Physicians are encouraged to seek training opportunities and, to be fully competent in new interventions, to receive consultations or supervision while performing the intervention for the first time. It is typically provided over a period of approximately three months with weekly individual sessions. Usually, sessions of 60 to 120 minutes are needed for the person to be able to sufficiently expose and process the experience. Thoughts and trauma: theory and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder from a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective.