Complex PTSD

Clinical Psychology located in Bluffton, SC and TriBeCa, New York, NY

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes frightening reactions to triggers that remind you of past trauma. At Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, experienced clinical and sports psychologist Heather Goldberg, PsyD, provides specialized support for PTSD and complex PTSD through telehealth in her Bluffton, South Carolina and TriBeCa, New York, New York offices. Call the office today or click on the appointment request feature for help.

How are PTSD and complex PTSD different?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental disorder that develops after a traumatic or life-changing event. Some common examples include military combat, physical assault, natural disasters, and significant accidents. People with PTSD are frequently troubled by painful and disruptive reminders of the event.


Complex PTSD is unique because it occurs after repeated exposures to trauma, often over a few to several years. Long-term sexual abuse and domestic violence are two examples of situations that can lead to complex PTSD. Because it’s a more complicated illness, complex PTSD can cause more severe symptoms than PTSD.

What are the signs of complex PTSD?

PTSD symptoms include:


  • Being startled easily
  • Being excessively watchful of your surroundings
  • Avoiding anything that triggers symptoms
  • Flashbacks to the traumatic event
  • Nightmares involving the traumatic event
  • Unwelcome memories of the traumatic event
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Frequent anxiety
  • Feelings of numbness


Complex PTSD can cause all these and lead to difficulty expressing emotions, poor self-esteem, and problems maintaining healthy relationships.

How is complex PTSD treated?

At Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Goldberg offers customized treatment plans for every patient. She has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). This evidence-based treatment has shown excellent results for many mental disorders, including PTSD and complex PTSD.

CBT and CPT can help patients with PTSD and complex PTSD identify bad thought patterns and help them develop new thoughts and improved responses to stressors.

Dr. Goldberg can also help you examine your past experiences and determine how they affect your behaviors now. This valuable insight can help you construct a strong foundation and facilitate genuine healing.

Dr. Goldberg might recommend other therapies that help you respond better to triggers. She understands the strain and struggles that patients with PTSD and complex PTSD experience daily, and she’s here to support your recovery using proven methods.

Therapy can help you triumph over the past and learn to create a new reality for your life. At Tardigrade Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Goldberg knows that her patients can become like tardigrades — the sturdiest and most resilient creatures on earth — with the proper support. Call the office or click the appointment request button for help now.