Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Therapy & Counselling in Adelaide

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD doesn’t always result from dramatic events such as an attack or war.

By its very definition, it is an emotional reaction of intense stress and distress that feels like it overwhelms our ability to cope.

It can result from a single traumatic event, or many events over time, sometimes weeks, years, or even decades, and the reaction to it is unique to every individual and their different experiences.

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A direct personal experience

The DSM IV notes that trauma stems from a direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or witnessing or learning of such an event, experienced by a person one is close to.

Abusive relationships, assault, bullying, and childhood trauma are some examples that often lead to PTSD.

Some people find that the traumatic emotions fade naturally with time, but when they continue to remain and give rise to difficulties with sleep, relationships, or chronic depression and anxiety, it is best to seek help.

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Identifying the signs and symptoms of PTSD

As we are all unique, the symptoms will vary in intensity and type for each individual. Generally speaking, PTSD symptoms may include:

  • Flashbacks

  • Generalised anxiety

  • Difficulty feeling relaxed and content

  • Insomnia and nightmares

  • Panic attacks

  • Emotional detachment and dissociation so that others may describe a person as numb or distant

  • Low confidence

  • Avoidance of emotions through substances such as alcohol or marijuana

  • Depression

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Trauma can leave a person with severe and longstanding symptoms that can significantly and sadly influence the quality of life.

There is help for people affected by trauma!  This may entail debriefing and PTSD prevention shortly after a traumatic event, to treating recent or old and even repressed traumatic memories that still impact.

 

Our highly trained Psychologists all have an interest in PTSD therapy and will utilise evidence-based treatment options such as Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR), Trauma Processing, Reframing, Emotional Regulation and Rebuilding to assist in building a strong and sturdy sense of self.

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Getting in touch with us ...

We offer a comprehensive range of PTSD therapy in order to treat and nurture the body and mind and get you back on the path to psychological health.

If you’re ready to reach out to the Kensington Psychology & Well-Being team regarding our services, please get in touch by calling us on 08 7006 5225 or via our Online Contact Form.