In addition to more traditional talk therapy, Dr. Hughes is trained in the following Evidence Based Treatments for PTSD and related disorders:

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD and related conditions that focuses on thoughts and feelings. CPT typically lasts 12-18 sessions and helps clients better understand why it can be so difficult to recover from traumatic events and how, when recovery does not occur, symptoms negatively affect daily life. The goal is to identify how trauma and PTSD change our thoughts and beliefs, and how these thoughts influence our current feelings and behaviors. An important part of the treatment is addressing ways of thinking that might keep clients “stuck” in the trauma, which gets in the way of overcoming PTSD and other related problems.

If you want an insider view of CPT, check out this episode of This American Life that follows one sexual assault survivor through her journey to recovery from PTSD.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is also a cognitive-behavioral approach to treating PTSD and related problems by teaching clients how to gradually confront trauma-related memories, thoughts, and feelings through in-session imaginal exposures and between session in-vivo exposures. Confronting these memories, thoughts, and feelings in a gradual way, combined with training in relaxation techniques, has been shown effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD and related disorders.

Crisis Response Plan (CRP)

The Crisis Response Plan (CRP) was developed as a brief intervention to collaboratively address suicidal ideation and behaviors, which are very common after experiencing a traumatic event. The CRP is written on an index card for the patient to keep with them and reference in times of need, serving as a checklist of safe and adaptive behaviors to use instead of engaging in self-harm or suicide. CRP has been found to help clients overcome intense feelings of distress when feeling utterly hopeless and helpless.


Initial evaluations, which will last 90 minutes, cost $200. Follow-up appointments, lasting 50 minutes, cost $175 a session. I currently do not accept health insurance but am happy to help you submit for out of network (OON) benefits.