Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

ContemplationAre you looking for help for trauma or PTSD? Many events in people’s lives can be traumatic. When we have directly experienced – or witnessed – occurrences such as family and domestic violence, sexual abuse, motor vehicle and other accidents, or natural disasters, sometimes the intensity of the psychological and emotional response can be overwhelmingly painful.  These responses are usually very difficult to deal with on our own, and the effects of the trauma can persist even if the events themselves happened a long time ago (e.g., childhood abuse and/or neglect).

Some people may develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but even without such a diagnosis, many people can struggle with the aftermath of traumatic events. Psychological treatment for PTSD and trauma involves working with the ‘unfinished business’ of the past with a non-judgemental, experienced, well-trained and qualified psychologist.

Symptoms of unresolved trauma can include trouble sleeping, angry or impatient outbursts, intrusive images or disturbing dreams relating to the traumatic event(s), and feeling disconnected from other people.  It is not necessary to have all or any of these symptoms to be experiencing the negative effects of trauma as other trauma symptoms may also be present. For more information about PTSD and trauma, visit the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and/or call one of our compassionate, professional team to make an appointment.

Evidence based trauma treatment includes Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR therapy for trauma is endorsed by major international health organisations such as the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. If you are interested in EMDR therapy, please contact Tess Collie for more information and/or to make an appointment.