Meet Sharnece Thomas, one of MeMD’s Licensed Professional Counselors with over 9 years of experience. Sharnece graduated from Argosy University with a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor. Below she discusses how she became involved in telebehavioral health and dives into what PTSD is, who it can affect, and some possible treatment options.
What lead you to your career?
When I was in college, I had the opportunity to work for a psychiatrist; during that time I observed the therapists and their work and knew that was what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted a career that helped others and that experience helped me identify how I wanted to help people.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy exercising, golfing, traveling, watching movies, volunteering, reading and also spending time with family and friends
What prompted you to become involved in telebehavioral health?
When I moved back to Pittsburgh from Florida I knew I wanted to continue doing therapy with my patients in Florida; I found tele-behavioral health to be a way to continue the work we were doing and maintain the therapeutic relationship. Telebehavioral health has also provided me the opportunity to help people in all of the states where I am licensed.
June is PTSD Awareness month – can you explain what PTSD is, who can be affected, and various treatment options?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that results when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event and has difficulty coping or moving forward from the event.
Some symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event. We commonly hear about PTSD and members of the military but it can also affect anyone at any age who experiences a life-threatening event.
Common treatments for PTSD include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure therapy, Medication, and EMDR.
If you or someone you know find yourself suffering from symptoms of PTSD, we can help. Speak with a licensed therapist privately and securely from the comfort of your own home or office in as little as 24 hours when you schedule a session through MeMD.