Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

Any event that involves experiencing / witnessing actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence has the potential to be traumatic.  Almost everyone who experiences trauma will be emotionally affected, and there are many different ways in which people may respond.

Traumatic events can include things that happen to you directly or to someone you are close to.  They can be emotionally distressing.  While most people recover on their own, for some the experience can lead to mental health issues as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety.

What can we do to help you with PTSD?

Effective treatments are provided and it is never too late to get help.

Assessment – before having treatment for PTSD a detailed assessment of your symptoms will be carried out to ensure treatment is tailored to your individual needs.

PTSD Counselling – if you need help for your PTSD it is generally best to start with counselling rather than use medication as the first and only solution to the problem.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – this is a therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.

Counselling and Talking Therapy – counselling and talking therapy are likely to address mental health conditions that are linked with PTSD such as: depression, phobias and anxiety.  Both these therapies when used together can help with the symptoms of PTSD.  You will usually require 8 – 12 sessions of trauma focussed CBT and counselling, although fewer may be needed if the treatment starts within 1 month of the traumatic event.