VA Boston Healthcare System
VA Boston Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team (WSDTT)
“While nothing can undo what has happened in the past, women can change their relationship with the past. We want women veterans to know that there is hope for recovery from PTSD, and we are here to help. -Dr. Eve Davison, Director, Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team.
The Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team (WSDTT) at the Jamaica Plain Campus of VA Boston Healthcare System offers women Veterans outpatient services for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related problems. Affiliated with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, the team offers a full line of services including individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychiatric medication, and case management. The treatment team is comprised of psychologists and psychologists in training (e.g., postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral interns), a psychiatrist, and a social worker.
The WSDTT offers several evidence-based individual therapies for PTSD
• Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: CPT helps you understand why recovery from traumatic events has been difficult, and how symptoms of PTSD affect your life. The focus is on identifying how your traumatic experiences changed your thoughts and beliefs, and how your thoughts influence your current feelings and behavior. CPT addresses ways of thinking that might keep you “stuck” and get in the way of recovery, and in so doing, reduces or eliminates PTSD symptoms
• Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for PTSD: The main goals of PE are to provide education about common reactions to trauma; teach you relaxed breathing; help you to begin trying real-life activities you have been avoiding; talking to you about your trauma memories in a safe and structured way with your therapist to reduce or eliminate PTSD symptoms.
Several educational and skills-based therapy groups are also offered by the WSDTT
• Understanding the Effects of Trauma: This eight-week group is designed to help women who have experienced traumatic events learn about the nature and effects of trauma, and about how therapy works in general and for them in particular. The group is designed to empower women to take the next steps in their recovery.
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: These groups are focused on present-day symptoms and problems, and address four main topics: Mindfulness Training: helping you gain more control over your mind and attention; Emotion Regulation: helping you decrease emotional suffering and become less vulnerable to extreme emotions; Distress Tolerance: helping you tolerate distressing situations that you cannot change; Interpersonal Effectiveness: helping you develop skills to more effectively manage your own wants/needs, relationships, and self-worth.
If you are a woman Veteran who has experienced trauma (assault, abuse, combat or warzone events) in your life, treatments that work are available to you. To learn more or to schedule an initial intake appointment, please call 857-364-4012.