Exposure Therapy is Harming Our Vets

0vetThis post is intentionally controversial. Rather, this post asserts my position firmly and you’re welcome to disagree with me.

A 2013 episode of 60 Minutes discussed treatments being used to treat trauma (PTSD) in veterans. I am disgusted at re-traumatization as a “cure.” If you were raped, would you want to relive rape until you were desensitized or would you rather an alternative that worked faster and involved none of that painful reliving?

Here’s what I know:

  1. There is no need to relive trauma or guilt in order to clear it.
  2. Trauma does not need to be remembered in order to be cleared.
  3. There are painless ways to get rid of the trauma and its effects.
  4. Effective Therapy works quickly, often in just a few sessions.
  5. There are many qualified therapists around the US and in the UK. Click here for a referral to a Rapid Resolution Therapist.
  6. Substance abuse is correlated with trauma at the rate of 70%.
  7. There is a cure for trauma, despite what the VA is telling our vets.

Save a life, refer a veteran for GOOD help. I want better for veterans, for society, for all of us. Veterans account for 22 suicides a day. Is it any wonder when this is the treatment they’re offered? It’s unconscionable.

These are my informed opinions; form your own opinion. Here is a link to the article at Psychology Today. And here is a video clip from the 60 Minutes show. These techniques are still being used – and now with Virtual Reality!

Autumn Hahn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Clear Mind Group in Weston, Florida. Call 954-612-9553 for a consultation. Follow Autumn on TwitterFacebook, and Google+. Sign up for the e-newsletter HERE.