PTSD & Trauma
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly called PTSD, is something that can be acquired when you experience or witness events that can be considered an actual threat to your life. These include sexual and/or physical assault, a serious accident, terrorist incidents, natural disasters, and military combat. While in some circumstances, those who experience traumatic events will likely recover after a given period; those with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder take much longer to cope with or process these experiences. Sometimes, these symptoms can affect their day-to-day life and hinder them from doing things they should be able to do.
Acquiring Post-traumatic Stress Disorder means that you have been exposed to an event that has posed a legitimate threat on your life, which includes threats of serious injury, violence, or even death. This kind of “exposure” can happen in at least one of these ways:
- If you’ve directly experienced the event that caused the trauma yourself;
- If you’ve personally witnessed the event happen to others;
- If you’ve discovered that someone close to you has been threatened or directly witnessed the traumatic event themselves, and;
- If you’re constantly exposed to details of numerous traumatic events, such as if you work as a first responder to accidents or if you’re a soldier constantly sent to dangerous locations.
A doctor, counsellor and/or psychologist is qualified to determine if you’ve acquired PTSD and its severity, it is advisable to get assessed as soon as you feel that your symptoms have begun to negatively affect your daily life. If you feel as though basic tasks are being hindered by some recollection or series of emotions related to the traumatic event, then you may have signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Helping you with PTSD
When it comes to treating and managing PTSD, both behavioural, medication, and other specific forms of counselling have been formulated to provide people with PTSD with the opportunity to mediate the symptoms. Remember that a psychological injury such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder needs support and time to heal, just like a broken leg does.
- For instance, psychotherapy or “talk therapy” can help people with PTSD, including children, to tackle the condition with an open mind and discover ways to cope with the issue on their own terms.
- Cognitive therapy, for example, will help you discover how you perceive a particular issue and how it affects you negatively. For instance, feelings of being “stuck” with PTSD may actually be caused by negative thinking about the traumatic incident that may have extended to being negative about aspects of yourself.
- Exposure therapy, meanwhile, is a kind of behavioural therapy that allows you to slowly control your reactions towards the event that caused your post-traumatic stress disorder. This can be helpful if you have persistent nightmares and flashbacks about the traumatic incident and want to deal with them in a safe way.
- Also therapy may certainly be indicated for other mental health issues connected to PTSD such as depression and anxiety.
- Research has also found that alpha/theta training can help emotional dysregulation when there is complex trauma and when abreaction techniques are too distressing.
How We Can Help You
Here at Direct Focus Solutions, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to tackle various issues that may be greatly affecting your life. Through our different approaches and staff with various specialties, we’re equipped with the skills, training, and experience to tackle issues that affect different aspects of your wellbeing. You can benefit from a wide range of tools at our disposal, including psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, neurofeedback, and biofeedback training, in order for you to find a path towards a more empowered life.
Our PTSD & Trauma Practitioners
Michelle is a Senior Psychologist with experience in depression, anxiety, relationships and a strong focus on self-esteem, transforming limiting thoughts and beliefs and discovering meaning and purpose in one’s life. Michelle works in both private practice and in the corporate sector, providing a depth of experience across personal and work-related issues.
It is a great privilege for me to travel with people on their therapeutic journeys, and I aim to foster a safe collaborative space characterised by openness, curiosity, warmth, humour, respect and responsiveness. I have an open-minded and non-judgemental approach and enjoy working with people of all ages and genders.