UCF RESTORES houses a treatment clinic that provides clinical services to veterans, active duty military, first responders, survivors of trauma, and community members experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety-related concerns. Our team of psychologists have developed a multi-disciplinary treatment approach that utilizes technology and exposure techniques to reduce the distressing symptoms that often accompany the direct or indirect experience of a traumatic event.
Treatment at UCF RESTORES is offered on an outpatient and intensive outpatient basis. Our 3-week intensive outpatient program (IOP) is structured to provide trauma-specific treatment for veterans, active duty military, and first responders. During treatment, cohort members will participate in individual and group sessions that target symptoms of avoidance, guilt, anger, poor sleep and social isolation.
At this time, all treatment is free for Florida residents that are active duty military, veterans, first responders, or victims of other trauma. This also includes treatment for military sexual trauma and survivors and families of mass shooting events such as Pulse and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many services are provided at no cost.
A comprehensive treatment program for first responders, veterans, active duty personnel and trauma survivors experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety-related concerns.
An empirically supported treatment program for anxiety, stress and trauma-related disorders
Offered on an outpatient and intensive outpatient (daily) basis
Uses virtual reality technology and environmental cues (e.g. sights sounds, and smells) to enhance treatment effectiveness
Does not require pharmaceutical interventions
Exposure Therapy is a treatment that reduces anxiety by exposing an individual to a feared situation for a prolonged period of time.
Although the individual initially may experience an increase in anxiety and distress, these symptoms are followed by decreases in arousal and fear.
With repeated contact with a fearful situation, there is a reduction in anxiety and the fear loses its ability to elicit an anxious response.
Group therapy addresses behavioral and emotional symptoms that often accompany PTSD, such as sleep disturbances, depression, anger, guilt, and social isolation.
Group sessions are structured to provide the education, skills, and practical application that are required to make and maintain changes to these challenging thoughts and behaviors that often limit the ability for patients to think about their lives and the possibilities that exist for them.
The goal of relaxation training is to decrease general physical or cognitive arousal that often is part of anxiety disorders.
There are many forms of relaxation training.
Progressive muscle relaxation training involves teaching a person to tense and then relax various muscle groups such as the arms, legs, shoulders, neck and face.
Programmed practice usually consists of homework assignments that the individual carries out in the “real world”.
Homework assignments are carefully planned so that individuals are challenged, but to a level where they will have a high probability of success.
PTSD Family Series
UCF RESTORES understands the impact of PTSD extends farther than just one person. Indeed, entire families and communities often experience the indirect effects of trauma. To provide support for those with loved ones suffering in the aftermath of a traumatic event, UCF RESTORES offers treatment to family members and a PTSD Family Series to provide family members with education about PTSD and other stress reactions. The goal of the series is to offer greater insight into the collective impact of PTSD on the individual and family dynamic.
Series topics include:
• Symptoms of PTSD and influence on thoughts and behavior
• Available treatment for PTSD and the myths/truths of exposure therapy
• Healthy communication strategies and knowing when to seek professional help
• Self-care and coping strategies for those caring for someone with PTSD
Anyone who has a loved one suffering from PTSD is welcome to attend. If you or any you know would benefit from this series, please contact Monica Friedman at 407-823-1196 to discuss enrollment details.