Stress Center

The Stress Center at UC Health is dedicated to caring for families living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our goal is to decrease the negative impact of PTSD and help local families resume a healthy life. We want to ensure families have access to the resources and support they need to cope after a traumatic event.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event(s), such as abuse, assault or the threat of death. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD are at high risk for depression/anxiety, substance abuse and poor physical health. PTSD can also affect a person’s work, family and social life.

Symptoms can include:
• Flashbacks/nightmares about the trauma.
• Trouble sleeping.
• Avoiding people, places or things that remind you of the trauma.
• Negative thoughts about yourself, others or the world.
• Feeling emotionally numb, irritable or angry.
• Feeling like you have to be on alert.


We work with individuals and families to create a treatment program specific to their needs. The initial evaluation includes a thorough interview, evaluation and testing. Comprehensive evaluation for:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Anger
• Coping
• Cognitive distortions
• Sleep
• Guilt
• Family functioning

The Program Differences

Fosters Collaboration
The center brings together clinicians at UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to optimize the understanding and treatment of traumatic stress and the degree to which clinical activities are coordinated, evaluated and disseminated.

Family-Centered Care
We understand that PTSD not only affects the diagnosed individual, but his/her entire family as well. That is why our goal is provide an individualized, comprehensive treatment approach to ensure the entire family receives the care needed to resume and maintain a healthy life.


Our center emphasizes the use of evidence based psychotherapy to treat people with PTSD. In working with a therapist, you and/or your loved ones will learn the strategies and tools you need to deal with stress and the problematic thoughts and behaviors created by the traumatic event. Psychotherapy helps patients better manage their symptoms and function at their best in everyday life. Your treatment program may include individual, couples, group and/or family counseling. Individualized treatment will be based on your age, overall health, medical history, family and personal relationships, preferences and expectations. Most treatment options consist of weekly 60-90 minute sessions for approximately 2-4 months.

Enroll in the Program

To request more information or an appointment, call 513-585-5872.

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