Experiencing traumatic events from disasters, accidents or personal experiences can invoke a mixture of different emotions such as fear, anger, guilt, and shame.
Such emotional responses are normal, but it is when an individual continues to experience these emotions several months or years after a traumatic event, a person may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intervention may be recommended.
The team at Bowen Hills Psychology are trained to help survivors of trauma to process their memories, as well as learn strategies to cope with the symptoms they experience as a result, in order to stop it interfering with day to day life.
Our aim is to ensure that individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic distress are able to feel safe and confident enough with our Brisbane counsellors to openly discuss traumatic memories. Some patients take longer than others to get to this level of confidence where they can talk about these memories, which the team at Bowen Hills Psychology understand.Therapy begins with a focus on establishing safety, trust, and stabilisation and may include coping strategies for managing symptoms of trauma. When you are feeling ready, the second phase of trauma work may involve unpacking and processing traumatic memories, so they can be processed into long term memory (and are not relived daily).
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes mental and physical strain caused by the memories of a traumatic event. Traumatic events that could trigger PTSD can include, but are not limited to, exposure to combat or war, witnessing third-world living conditions, physical or sexual assault, violence, or being involved in a car accident.
PTSD can be a short-term condition, or it can develop into a long-term chronic condition. Symptoms typically begin within a few weeks or months of the traumatic experiences, but PTSD can occur years after the event.
Common Traits for PTSD
Not all who experience trauma may necessarily display signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the symptoms that we typically see in patients with PTSD are:
Reliving/regular flashbacks of traumatic experience/s
Hyper arousal or increased anger/anxiety
Avoiding conversation around traumatic experience/s
Loss of interest for hobbies/activates
Feeling emotionally numb
Support from family and friends is typically relied on for most people after a traumatic event. However, not everyone has the support and understanding of friends and family and even if they do, or there are some events or parts of an event that individuals prefer to confide in a therapist.
It is natural for those experiencing trauma to feel apprehensive about seeking help. Trusting and opening up to someone about your experiences can be very challengingr. This is why Bowen Hills Psychology allows you to control the pace with what you share, how much you share and when you share; as well as giving you tools to cope with the distress talking about a traumatic event can create
Medication may be helpful for individuals suffering from PTSD, and can be discussed with your GP or Psychiatrist. Some individuals are prescribed medication to help with sleep, mood or anger.
Book An Appointment
The aim of Bowen Hill Psychology is to provide you with a safe space in which you can discuss trauma, find ways to manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)and rebuild your self-esteem and confidence. All of our Brisbane counsellors are registered, experienced, empathic and sensitive to your individual needs and circumstances.
Call Bowen Hills Psychology on (07) 3252 7114 to book an initial appointment.