PTSD Specialist

A Place To Turn, Inc

Mental Health Practice located in Westlake Village, CA

An estimated 15 million Americans struggle with the flashbacks and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To help you better manage your PTSD symptoms, Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, and the team at A Place to Turn, Inc. offer comprehensive treatment options, including cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). You don’t have to live with the trauma of the past. Call the office in Westlake Village, California, to schedule a consultation today, or book an appointment online.


What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after you experience or witness a traumatic event. Fear sends your body into fight-or-flight mode, and for some people, these effects can linger in the long term.

Some examples of events that can trigger PTSD include:

  • Violence
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Military service
  • Auto accident
  • House fire

The death of a loved one can also lead to symptoms of PTSD.

When should I seek treatment for PTSD?

You should schedule a PTSD evaluation with Dr. Cheri and the team at A Place to Turn, Inc. if you have symptoms that last longer than a month and include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Being easily startled
  • Repetitive or intrusive thoughts
  • Recurring bad dreams
  • Flashbacks of the event

You should also schedule an evaluation if your PTSD symptoms cause you to isolate yourself from others or if you’re avoiding certain places because of your fear or anxiety.

Dr. Cheri and the team offer in-office evaluation services to determine if your symptoms relate to PTSD or other mental health disorders. They customize a treatment plan to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms, so you can live a happier, higher quality of life.

How is PTSD treated?

To help you understand how past traumas are impacting your life, Dr. Cheri and the team offer a variety of therapy services, including:

  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Marriage and family counseling

Dr. Cheri also specializes in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), a modality that helps you overcome trauma. EMDR uses rapid eye movements and guided therapy techniques to change the neural pathways in your brain. This treatment can reduce your body’s response to certain stimuli and memories of traumatic events.

You may also be a candidate for treatment with ultra red light therapy with the Apex laser. This laser system helps your body heal at a cellular level and address the negative effects trauma can have on your brain. Treatment works to effectively reduce your PTSD symptoms and improve your mood and quality of sleep.

A Place to Turn, Inc. also offers energy work to help you achieve a deep sense of relaxation and improved well-being. Further, you may benefit from life coaching services to help you set goals that help you move forward in life.

If you need help managing flashbacks and other PTSD symptoms, call A Place to Turn, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.