The Significance of Trauma
Over half the population in the UK will experience trauma at some point in their lives. Everyone experiences trauma differently. Similar events can cause vastly different responses from individuals. This can relate to genetics, personality alongside, developmental factors and how in childhood we have been soothed and seen our care givers respond to adversity.
After a traumatic event an individual may experience symptoms such as a replay of upsetting memories, sleep can be impacted, we can feel different, detached, irritable and on edge. This understandably impacts our day-to-day life, relationships to others and we may use unhelpful ways to cope such as avoidance.
When does trauma become Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD?)
Most individuals will see symptoms fade within one month, day to day life will start to come back to what their normal is. However, with PTSD, symptoms continue, last longer than six to eight weeks, there is a disruption to daily life, the amount of distress associated with the trauma does not fade. It is important to recognise that in some individuals with PTSD and with Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), symptoms may start months or years after the trauma. This is especially true if this was sustained or repeated trauma such as childhood abuse or domestic abuse.
A psychological assessment is needed to determine a diagnosis of PTSD or C-PTSD and to discuss treatment options further. You can receive evidence-based psychological treatment for PTSD, anxiety and depression from an experienced PTSD therapist by making contact here.
Do I have PTSD?
Within an assessment, the individual will be screened for symptoms which indicate PTSD such as:
In the past month, have you:
- Had nightmares about the trauma or thought about it when you did not want to?
- Tried hard not to think about the trauma, or avoided people or places that remind you of the trauma?
- Felt ‘on guard,’ been more jumpy, irritable or had difficulty concentrating?
- Felt numb or detached from people, activities, or your surroundings?
- Felt guilty or unable to stop blaming yourself or others for the trauma, or any problems following the trauma?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, it suggests that you are experiencing many of the common symptoms of PTSD and C-PTSD and it is likely they are having a significant impact on your life.
If you would like to schedule a psychological assessment with an experienced therapist specialised in trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression please make contact.
Effective treatments recommended for PTSD.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
The underpinnings of CBT explore how thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours are all interlinked and interact with each other. When a in-person experiences trauma these interactions can be misaligned and extremely over sensitive. Therefore, an individual’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours can feel chaotic, impulsive, and hard to manage. CBT assists with building emotional regulation, self compassion and helps the individual to reclaim life that is inline with their values whilst reducing distressing symptoms through challenging avoidances.
The National Institute for Clinical care and Excellence (NICE) recommend CBT for effective treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD. For recommendations you can read more here
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that has been researched extensively and is also recommended by NICE as effective treatment to assist with recovery.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend EMDR for effective treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD. For recommendations, you can read more here.
To discuss CBT and EMDR therapy options for trauma and PTSD, you can contact an effective therapist here.
The Benefits of receiving psychological treatment from a trauma focussed PTSD Therapist
Psychotherapy plays a pivotal role in helping individuals overcome the devastating effects of PTSD and trauma. Trauma can leave lasting scars on one’s psyche, but a skilled trauma PTSD therapist can be a beacon of hope on the path to recovery.
Firstly, the presence of a trauma PTSD therapist creates a safe haven for those struggling with trauma. These therapists specialise in creating a non-judgmental and supportive environment where individuals can share their experiences without fear of condemnation. This space becomes a sanctuary for individuals to voice their emotions and find solace in being heard.
Secondly, trauma PTSD therapists possess a deep understanding of the intricate nature of trauma. They validate the feelings and experiences of survivors and individuals, fostering a sense of acceptance and empathy. This validation is a vital step in the healing process, helping individuals overcome feelings of isolation and shame.
Furthermore, psychotherapy equips survivors with effective coping strategies and skills to manage the distressing symptoms of PTSD. These therapists guide individuals in processing traumatic memories, assisting them in regaining control over their lives and emotions.
In conclusion, the benefits of psychotherapy for trauma and PTSD are profound. Trauma-informed PTSD therapists provide an evidence-based lifeline for those navigating the turbulent waters of trauma, offering support, understanding, and the tools needed to rebuild their lives and find strength within themselves.
What to expect from a PTSD therapist?
1. Compassion and Empathy: A Trauma PTSD therapist offers a safe and non-judgmental environment, approaching your experiences with compassion and empathy.
2. Specialised Expertise: Expect a therapist with specialised training in trauma-related therapies such as EMDR, CBT, or TF-CBT, to ensure effective treatment.
3. Collaborative Approach: Therapy is a partnership; your therapist will work with you to set goals and tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs.
4. Safety and Trust: Building trust is crucial; therapists prioritise creating a secure space where you can explore and process your trauma.
5. Psychoeducation: You’ll receive education about trauma and PTSD, empowering you with the knowledge to better manage your symptoms.
6. Emotional Regulation: Your therapist will teach coping strategies and techniques to help you manage overwhelming emotions and triggers.
7. Memory Processing: Your therapist will guide you in processing traumatic memories, reducing emotional distress, and regaining control.
8. Support and Validation: Throughout therapy, you’ll receive unwavering support and validation for your experiences and emotions.
9. Progress Monitoring: Therapists assess your progress regularly, adjusting the treatment plan as needed to ensure the most effective therapy journey.
When you choose our Trauma PTSD therapist, you choose a partner committed to your healing and recovery, providing expert guidance, empathy, and support throughout your journey.
PTSD and C-PTSD are treatable, recovery is a realistic goal. It is however important to seek the correct support.
If you wish to seek suitable psychological evidence-based treatment from an experienced PTSD therapist in London, (in-person home visits available nationwide) please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Websites and additional information
The PTSD UK website is created by a charity for people with PTSD and their carers.
The National Institute of Clinical care and Excellence PTSD treatment guidelines can be found here.