PTSD & Trauma
Having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) means that you have been exposed to an event that has posed a legitimate threat to your life; one that involves threats of serious injury, violence, or even death. These events may include:
- Sexual and/or physical assault
- Serious accidents
- Terrorist incidents
- Natural disasters
- Military combat
The types of exposure to these events are equally varied, and may include:
- Directly experiencing the event that caused the trauma yourself
- Personally witnessing the event happen to others
- Discovering that someone close to you has been threatened or directly witnessed a traumatic event themselves
- Constant exposure to the details of traumatic events. For example, working as a first responder to accidents or being a soldier.
Individuals who experience traumatic events will likely recover after a given period. However, those with PTSD will take much longer to process these experiences and develop coping mechanisms. Their symptoms can affect their day-to-day life and hinder them from doing things that they would typically be able to do.
Doctors, counsellors and psychologists are qualified to determine if you’ve acquired PTSD, in addition to outlining the severity of your symptoms. You should be assessed as soon as you feel that your symptoms are starting to negatively affect your daily life. If you feel as though basic tasks have become hindered by frequent recollections or emotions related to a traumatic event, then you may show signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Helping you with PTSD
Medication and behavioural counselling have been formulated to best provide support for people with PTSD; to give them the opportunity to mediate their symptoms. Psychological injuries such as PTSD require adequate time and support to heal, just like a psychical injury does. Examples of strategies to address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder include:
- Psychotherapy or “talk therapy”: This can help individuals with PTSD (including children) to tackle their condition. It can open their mind to discovering ways to cope on their own terms
- Cognitive therapy: This helps individuals to discover how they perceive a particular issue and how it affects them negatively. Feeling “stuck” while experiencing PTSD, for example, may actually be caused by negative thinking about a traumatic incident. This thinking may then extend towards being negative about aspects of oneself
- Exposure therapy: This behavioural therapy allows one to slowly control their reactions towards the event that caused their PTSD. This can be helpful if they have persistent nightmares and flashbacks about the incident and want to deal with them in a safe, controlled way
- Alpha/theta brain training: This can help to address emotional dysregulation when experiencing complex trauma or when one finds abreaction techniques too distressing
- For related mental health issues like depression and anxiety, therapy may be recommended.
How We Can Help You
We offer a multidisciplinary approach to therapy that helps you discover a path to a more empowered life. Our diversely specialised staff are equipped with the skills, training, and experience required to tackle any issues that may be adversely affecting your wellbeing. You will benefit from the wide range of tools at our disposal, including psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, neurofeedback, and biofeedback training.
Our PTSD & Trauma Practitioners
Jennifer is a friendly and approachable person with a passion for helping maintain people's psychological wellbeing. She is a newcomer in the psychology profession, having previously worked in business administration for a number of years. She also has casual experience as a hypnotherapist.
Sabrina is a born and bred “Californian” who is fuelled by a love for body-brain connections. Sabrina has gained experience in complex behaviours linked with neurodevelopmental trauma, sensory processing disorder, and learning delays. She currently works with the neurofeedback team as a consultant.
Felix entered the psychology practice in order to better understand people, their motivations and their behaviours. At Direct Focus Solutions, he applies his extensive past and present knowledge to neurofeedback training and assistance, along with occupational therapy and psychology group programs.
Eliza is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 13 years of post-graduate experience in therapeutic practice and acute Mental Health, including emergency settings and long-term mental health rehabilitation. She works holistically with the individual, not simply their set of symptoms or diagnoses.