PTSD / Trauma Therapy - Kidderminster, Worcestershire

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

 

Many people suffer trauma after an incident where life has been threatened: such as assault, rape, a severe accident (e.g. road traffic) or military action. Trauma can happen to any person who has been through an event that is outside the range of day to day experience, and does not indicate personal weakness. 

 

Common Symptoms:

 

  • Intense anxiety or nervousness, often accompanied by angry outbursts and bouts of depression.
  • Re-living of the event, such as flashbacks or nightmares.
  • Avoiding activities that may remind you of the event.
  • Hyper-viligilance and awareness of potential threat, which may not be appropriate.
  • Disruption to your normal routine, such as not being able to go to work.
  • There are often other issues, such as increased alcohol use, drug use and appetite changes.

 

Assessment:

 

If you or your child are suffering from PTSD symptoms, your first meeting will be approximately 90 minutes. Due to the complex nature of trauma issues, more time is needed in the beginning stage to enable detailed assessment of your issues. The recommended treatment options will be discussed with you, and you will be involved in the creation of a treatment plan. 
 

Treatment:

 

Treatment will usually involve either ‘Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (TF-CBT) and/or ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’ (EMDR) therapy. CBT and EMDR are recognised by the Department of Health as treatments of choice for trauma related issues. Your treatment will be carried out by accredited practitioners, experienced in working with trauma issues.