Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anyone who has gone through or witnessed a life-threatening or traumatic event can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  After a trauma, some people will become agitated, depressed or have a difficult time functioning regularly for a few weeks.  If these feeling continue for more than a month or get worse, the person may be experienceing PTSD and could benefit from treatment.

Post-Traumatic Sress Disorder usually manifests in 3 sets of symptoms:

  • Reexperiencing of the traumatic event: e.g., flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts.
  • Avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma: e.g., avoidance of places or people that trigger associations about the trauma, or a sense of detachment from others.
  • Increased psychological or physiological arousal: e.g., hypervigilance, heightened startle response, insomnia or outbursts of anger.

I have advanced training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including EMDR techniques (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming).  I have extensive experience in the treatment of sexual assault victims, both of recent victims and of adult survivors of child abuse.


Dr. Kathleen Durning
Licensed Psychologist
No. PSY 5842
Dr. Kathleen Durning - 2231 Camino del Rio S. #308 - San Diego CA 92108 (619) 281-5521