Trauma & PTSD counselling
Trauma occurs in response to a severely distressing event or series of events, overwhelming one’s ability to cope. Trauma can be experienced to varying degrees but the more serious it is, such as it being a life threatening event, then the more difficult it is for someone to process and integrate the event.
Immediately after the event, shock, denial and feeling overwhelmed are typical symptoms. Longer term reactions include excessive alertness, sensitivity to being easily startled, fatigue, disturbed sleep, general aches and pains, fear, anxiety, anger, irritability, visual images of the event, possible guilt and depression. With support, an individual can come to terms with what they’re experiencing.
However, one might develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which includes a range of more extreme reactions, including the experience of flashbacks, panic, nightmares, numbness, detachment, social withdrawal, exhaustion, loss of confidence in self and safety. Such severe distress can have further repercussions on one’s life, the ability to function, work and can cause strained relationships adding further distress.
To summarise; PTSD develops differently depending on the individual. While the symptoms most often appear shortly after the event, symptoms can sometimes lie dormant and appear years later.
The signs and symptoms of trauma include: hypervigilance, heightened sensitivity, fatigue, disturbed sleep, achiness, intrusive thoughts and memories of the event, nightmares, difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness, disorientation, confusion, fear, anger, irritability, guilt, numbness and depression.
The signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) include: unwittingly re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive memories, nightmares or flashbacks; avoidance of reminders of the event and a possible desire to withdraw from others; and emotional numbness or feeling overwhelmed, stuck, vulnerable, jumpy, on edge and distressed.
Your psychologist will partner with you. Together they will share your troubles, explore options, discuss strategies, develop a plan, build support, elicit clarity and encourage your strengths. If you want to change your mind, to change your life, your psychologist will get the outcome you deserve.
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PTSD can be treated
Psychologists can help trauma victims find constructive ways of managing their emotions, enabling them to move forward in life.
Trauma and PTSD Counselling is highly recommended to help a person process their traumatic event: helping them to integrate the experience and resulting emotions so they can feel safer, become reconnected to their former sense of self and get them back on track with their desired future direction.
Trauma counselling uses a range of techniques including Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness strategies, and for PTSD, it might use other techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and/ or hypnotherapy.
The benefits of trauma and PTSP counselling include:
- Feel heard and acknowledged with respect to the impact it’s had on life including
the cascading ramifications from feeling distressed, disorientated and assaulted.
- Regain clarity and feel supported in processing the trauma to feel safer
- Reframe life events, perspective and regain sense of meaning
- Alleviate anxiety and distress
- Rebuild self-confidence and ability to cope
- Help adjust to life’s changed situation
- Improve ability to sleep, concentrate and work
- Promote relaxation, mindfulness and more positive thinking
You should think about seeking help from a trauma counselling psychologist if your symptoms are still evident after a few weeks, or are interfering with your ability to function with your daily activities.
For more information about Counselling in Melbourne Trauma and PTSP counselling process, contact us on (03) 9376 1958 or book online.
If you feel like you are need of immediate assistance, please dial 000 for emergency services or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Counselling in Melbourne highly recommends for you to watch Phoenix Australia “Understanding Trauma” video. It is an excellent video that explains very simply how a traumatic experience can affect someone – what to expect, and when to seek help.