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Peter Yeomans(He/Him/His)

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Psychologist, PhD
VirginiaAlabamaArizonaArkansasColorado
Loss, grief, and bereavement-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-Substance abuse- Trauma-Veterans' issues-Life purpose & meaning-

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Professional statement

Peter Yeomans, Ph.D., M.Ed., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided therapy to countless civilians and veterans struggling with the effects of traumatic experiences or other major life events. Some were also struggling with addiction. He is well versed in the most effective psychotherapy models for PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance use, and uses a humanistic and strengths-based approach in which psychological distress may be seen as a marker of conscience and of moral values, rather than only as a psychological problem in need of treatment.

He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University and completed his Clinical Psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He works full-time leading a team of twelve clinicians in the PTSD outpatient team at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has presented on the treatment of PTSD and moral injury at national conferences and have been interviewed by local and national media on these topics.

Dr. Yeomans has provided care to military officers and enlisted, veterans of Special Forces, SEALs, Army Rangers, and members of mortuary affairs. He has provided care to State Department and other government agency employees who have served domestically and overseas in challenging assignments, as well as to military veterans who later went to work in government or in emergency services such as firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement. Many of his clients have chosen careers of public service and assume risk on the behalf of the public. They often carry the burden of those experiences alone.

You can find out more about Dr. Yeomans' practice at Cold Mountain Counseling.


Message to clients

How do you process burdensome memories that loved ones would not understand if you told them? How do you deal with the possibility of guilt or shame for actions taken or not taken?

Traumatic experiences often come with intense emotions such as anger, fear, horror, shame, or guilt. Those emotions can be unbearable, so we naturally try to avoid these memories and emotions. We try not to think about it or talk about it. But avoidance doesn’t work with experiences associated with life threat or with conscience. These types of experiences loom too large. We cannot keep them out of our minds. We can try to avoid reminders of the event, but then the quality of our lives shrink. We stop going places, and we withdraw from relationships. As we disengage from life, depression grows, and we stay stuck in the original traumatic reactions that the original event had caused.

With the support of a therapist, you can gradually take steps to overcome the habits of avoidance and begin to turn toward the memory and its reminders. When you do that, you can begin to put the event into context, can again see the “whole story” and not just a “tunnel vision” version of what happened. Feelings become lighter and critical beliefs about what happened begin to change in ways you cannot anticipate. Psychotherapy can get you unstuck, can bring you back into relationship, and can start a process of healing and recovery.


Work and Education

Years of Experience: 16 years

Department of Veteran Affairs, psychologist

Drexel University, PhD, 2008

Licensure

Pennsylvania: PS016735 - Colorado: 5801 - Alabama: 5801 - Arizona: 5801 - Arkansas: 5801 - Connecticut: 5801 - Washington DC: 5801 - Delaware: 5801 - Georgia: 5801 - Idaho: 5801 - Illinois: 5801 - Indiana: 5801 - Kansas: 5801 - Kentucky: 5801 - Maine: 5801 - Maryland: 5801 - Minnesota: 5801 - Missouri: 5801 - Nebraska: 5801 - Nevada: 5801 - New Hampshire: 5801 - New Jersey: 5801 - North Carolina: 5801 - Ohio: 5801 - Oklahoma: 5801 - Tennessee: 5801 - Texas: 5801 - Utah: 5801 - Virginia: 5801 - Washington: 5801 - West Virginia: 5801 - Wisconsin: 5801 - Wyoming: 5801 - Michigan: 5801

Languages

English

Specialties

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Veterans' issues - Coping with reactions of exposure to life-threatening or traumatic events; supporting veterans and their families adjusting to civilian life

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Insurance

Peter Yeomans is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (60min)
  • Sliding scale:$100 - $200