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Taking the First Step: Psychotherapy for PTSD | South Central MIRECC

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About Taking the First Step: Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Veterans may have questions when discussing PTSD treatment options with their clinicians. This educational brochure for Veterans provides information about PTSD-focused psychotherapy at VA to address common questions. Content includes:

  • Definition of PTSD
  • Reasons to consider PTSD psychotherapy
  • What to expect when starting treatment
  • Addressing common barriers to starting PTSD psychotherapy
  • Online resources
  • Published 2023



Steve G. Caloudas, PhD, Leslie S. Taylor, PhD, Jennifer L. Bryan, PhD, Karin E. West, PhD, and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD.

Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Location Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: April 10, 2023