Do you know if you have PTSD?

Most people do not know they have PTSD or Complex PTSD (CPTSD). The statistics are that 60%, maybe more, will suffer from PTSD sometime during their lifetime. I treat people who have all sorts of amazingly uncomfortable symptoms that are part of complex PTSD but may not fit under the DSM-V description. As a result, they have trouble describing their symptoms and feelings to health practitioners and fail to get help - despite every effort.

Every part of my practice was designed around my clients' experiences, down to the timing of the sessions, the session tools, and all the techniques used. This website was designed around what my clients have said they experienced, so you can decide if this describes something you might be experiencing or something someone close to you is experiencing and get help.

During the COVID-19 epidemic, people are particularly susceptible to the development of Acute Trauma Response and PTSD, and other anxiety-related disorders (when you are stressed as a result of lack of control, you may find you need some extra help. Please feel free to reach out by emailing, calling, or texting. 

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  • Chance you will experience a Trauma
  • Chance you will suffer from PTSD
  • Chance you will experience a Panic Attack
  • Chance you will suffer from an Anxiety Disorder
  • Chance you will suffer from Depression

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is the group of symptoms that result from an individual experiencing at least 1 trauma. The trauma can be a single occurrence or an ongoing trauma over a period of time, and the person may not be aware of the trauma as in the case of Complex PTSD. You can suffer PTSD from hearing about someone else's trauma.

% experience trauma

Most people aren't even aware that they have PTSD and chalk it up to some anxiety and a little bit of depression or anger. They are unaware that their symptoms are not part of healthy psychological human functioning.

Many think PTSD is only suffered by first responders and military personnel. Anyone can have PTSD, and 60% of people worldwide are estimated to develop it sometime in their lifetime.

More troubling is that the people who should be diagnosing PTSD are missing many sufferers due to the inadequacy of the diagnostic tool (the DSM-V), which does not provide an adequate description with which to match a sufferer's description of issues.

This site was designed to teach you about PTSD so you can identify if you might be

% get PTSD

suffering from PTSD... because no one, no one should suffer, especially if you don't have to.

A person could be at risk for having PTSD and not realize it, which makes it very important to understand the conditions and symptoms of trauma.

For example, a person could have a trauma before the age of 12 and develop PTSD and not realize it.

Childhood trauma could result from the child’s own experience of trauma or witnessing the traumatic experience of a caregiver, or trauma could have taken place in utero. Because the original traumatic experience could happen before the first 2 years of life, they could have little or no narrative and only a feeling or tactile component of the trauma.

% experience anxiety

Significant childhood trauma that occurs before the age 3 in just about everyone could prime many of us to have PTSD. Most of the time, these traumatic experiences are forgotten consciously but still affect our lives tremendously.

Adults continually freezing, submitting, or being "people-pleasers" in both stressful and their regular way of being may signal that there has been a significant childhood trauma.

These adults will not defend themselves by leaving the situation (flight) or being assertive and defending themselves (fight). Many times, they are labeled as doormats, taken advantage of, or seem to attract trouble to themselves. They also will not ask for help and do not understand how others accomplish tasks.

% experience family violence

A submission response can be seen as allowing others to go first, asking what everyone else thinks before acting and then acting according to another's beliefs (even when that person is not an authority), giving up opposition or deferring to someone else’s opinion rather than their own conscious belief.

A childhood trauma before the age of 3 years doesn’t have to be experienced or witnessed physical, sexual, or verbal abuse. It can be as simple as being adopted, a mother having stress while pregnant, the mother having postpartum depression or stress after the birth, birth trauma, having too much or too little stimulation, being breastfed by someone other than a parent, or being left to "cry it out."

Because our brains continue developing until we are about 26 years old, it is easy for us to have childhood trauma which stops a crucial part of our brain's development.

Clients with relief

Childhood trauma alone leads to connection and belonging issues with all people in every area of life and causes relationship breakdown, anxiety, and depression. As a result of this trauma, certain areas of the brain may lag in development resulting in learning difficulties and an inability to focus on learning tasks. It also puts people at risk for developing PTSD if they are exposed to subsequent trauma after the initial childhood trauma (like, for instance, bullying) and can cause depression and anxiety their entire life through.

PTSD Symptoms

  • I have unexplained panic attacks
  • no one knows what this is
  • I'm constantly submitting to others
  • I have bad dreams
  • I have anxiety all the time
  • I can't stop crying
  • I don't fit in
  • my body feels heavy
  • I keep having flashbacks
  • I feel down
  • I'm always under a black cloud
  • I never argue for my point of view
  • I feel lost
  • I feel disconnected
  • I feel overwhelmed
  • Stuff just doesn't make sense
  • Something is just not right
  • I don't know how I got here
  • I've been struggling for years
  • I feel like I'm not living up to my potential
  • I've tried everything
  • I can't get these thoughts out of my head

therapists and clinic

  • Tracy Joy

    I started out as a business consultant that worked for corporations to make people happy at work.

    In starting my practice as a clinical counsellor (previously, I was only a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner) several years ago, I found that the people attracted to this work seemed to have indescribable experiences. They had roller coaster-like symptoms which oscillated from severe overload to severe lack of stimulation that included aspects of anxiety, anger, and depression. They suffered from rape, and sexual, mental, physical, and/or verbal abuse. Some had been involved in the military or as first responders. While others were ordinary people living ordinary lives, just suffering from severe and debilitating stress responses. It made them act brazen when they needed to be cautious. It would make them have nightmares, flashbacks, phantom tactile experiences, or auditory hallucinations.

    About 4 years after starting to work with these individuals, I was confident that they were mostly experiencing something now called Complex PTSD. And what most people don't know is that these techniques are what enabled me to adjust my practice to them and also to heal my own Complex PTSD.

    I was urged by several of my clients to specialize in PTSD, and the PTSD Clinic was born. It has been my pleasure to serve my clients for the past 12+ years, and it has been an immensely healing process to work with them to find out what works for them.

  • Tuna Joy

    Tuna's story starts with being left in a park in Burlington, Washington. Tuna spent a considerable amount of time in the Skagit Valley Humane Society. When we adopted him, he spent most of his time being held over my shoulder like a baby. Since then, we discovered he identifies more as a cat than a dog. Our dog washes his face like a cat, climbs, purrs, meows, grooms himself, scratches and marks carpet with his face, and learns very quickly. Tuna's job is to distract clients from intense emotions and to provide comfort as the session progresses. When he warms up to a client, he will be found on the client's lap, demanding they pet him. Just the act of a client doing something contrary - like stimulating opiate release in their brain by petting an animal while experiencing and discussing the pain - will change how their brain will experience their pain in the future.

therapists

My educational background includes Bachelors degrees in Biology and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in business (MBA) in executive management specializing in Leadership. I have a Master Practitioner certificate in NLP from NLP Marin, Marin County, California, a Registered Profesional Counselling (RPC) designation, and a Master Professional Clinical Counsellor (MPCC) designation from the Canadian Association of Professional Counselling; I am a registered member of the Canadian College of the Clinical Psychotherapists and Counsellors (CCPCP-R). I have completed the equivalent education of a Master's degree in Counselling and am currently a Psychological Graduate Student (Obtaining a Doctorate in Psychology) at California Southern University.

about the PTSD Clinic

The PTSD Clinic is a boutique psychotherapy clinic owned and operated by me, Tracy Joy, RPC, MPCC, CCPCP-R. I work mainly with people at risk for PTSD and who suffer from PTSD, any form of anxiety, and/or depressive emotional crisis. Designed around client needs, unconventional sessions of 203 hours and 8-16 hours in length, both online and face-to-face, are offered to provide immediate, drug-free, and lasting results. My main goal is to have my clients enjoy and thrive in their lives. The main promise made to my clients is: I will be there for you to support you through any of the hard stuff. My clients tend to experience relief from their symptoms within a week to 10 days of the initial session. Feel free to contact me (Tracy) for more information.

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fee schedule and insurance
  • There is two way to work with me:
  • I offer individual sessions for PTSD, anxiety and/or depression 8-16 hours.............$1,620.00 per session ($135/hr x 12 hours).
  • I offer individual short sessions for PTSD, anxiety and/or depression 2-3 hours..............$630.00 per session.

If you have extended medical insurance coverage, please check that your insurance provider covers "clinical counselling." If you need a pre-approval form for your insurance company, please contact me directly with your full legal name.

If you’re not sure this is for you or can make it through such long session lengths, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I offer free, 20-minute consultations so that you can talk with me and see how I can be of help.

If you have extended medical insurance coverage in Canada, please check that your insurance provider covers "clinical counselling." I am not permitted to have a conversation with your insurance carrier for you due to privacy concerns. If you need a pre-approval form for your insurance company, please contact me directly with your full legal name.

In the United States of America, psychotherapy can be paid for through your HSA (Health Savings Account). If you have a plan that will reimburse for an out-of-network provider, your plan will most likely cover my service, but you may need pre-approval. If you need a pre-approval form for your insurance company, please contact me directly with your full legal name.

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the process

Over the years, my processes have changed significantly. I started with 2-3 hour sessions and found that I was just skimming the surface of what I could do for my clients and that if I extended the session, I was able to accomplish more. I am pleased to offer these short sessions still. For long sessions, I ask my clients to bring everything that distresses them to the session. It's incredible how many people don't think they can talk so extensively about themselves, and then they can't believe how quickly time has flown after the fact. The advantage of participating in a long session is that it is a continuous, ongoing, uninterrupted process providing a more dramatic, more in-depth change to go as deep as required to explore the relevant issues pertaining to CPTSD and PTSD.

My concept of change, in business or personally, has always been that people will change when they are ready.

Until a person feels safe enough about who they are and in their skin and the space they occupy, they will not and cannot change due to their brain's

perception of continual threat (even though this is mainly imagined). If a safe enough environment can be created internally and externally, the individual's brain can stabilize the desired change.

This is what I do in a session - I make both the physical and mental spaces people experience safe. As a result, a dramatically wide variety of change is available in any session.

My process is simple - you write down a list of everything which does not work as well as you would like it to in every area of your life.

You bring this list to the session, and I will listen to all aspects of your explanation, looking for physiological markers which demonstrate pain in your body in comparison to the words which

you are speaking. Using those psychological markers, I will track them to your pain and provide imaginal information, exercises, and stimulation, to create permanent neurological and brain function changes in your system. I am using your mind's natural way of learning to relearn how not to provide pain. In contrast, my process takes place once and is verified in the session, so you don't need to remember how to become the best version of yourself. We deal with your actual pain, and you will feel relief in the session, increasing over time as your neurological system updates itself - over about 3-4 weeks.

  • "That which you learn to survive is what your survival is dependent upon."

  • "In a family of thieves the one that doesn't steal feels guilty."

  • "Our system will continue to do the same thing over and over again until we can offer our system something better."

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You’ve found the right place, if:

You have unexplained patterns that affect your ability to work, relate to others, and live.

Your suffering may include physical issues like body pain not from injury or repetitive strain, balance issues, anger or extreme emotional reactions that others don't react similarly. Check the lists on this website for more.

You may not have a memory for your unexplained reactions.

I believe that our memories from our past affect how we experience today - but we do not have to suffer.

Appointments are made either online or personally. Free 20-minute consultations over the phone are made through email or phone only. If you are ready to make a 2-3 hour or an 8-16 hour appointment, please press one of the buttons below or call or e-mail me at (604) 442-8657 in CANADA, (415) 404-6636 in the USA, or

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