Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is categorised as an anxiety disorder. PTSD can be caused by an extremely stressful experience, frightening or traumatic event(s). The Trauma Practice offers a range of PTSD treatments to help and support people suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Although PTSD is categorised as a disorder the symptoms you experience are a natural response to an abnormal situation or events. Additionally whether something is traumatic or not is defined by the response to the incident rather than the incident itself.
Symptoms of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD describes a disorder when trauma symptoms last longer than four weeks.
'The essential feature of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. The clinical presentation of (PTSD) varies. In some individuals, fear-based re-experiencing, emotional, and behavioural symptoms may predominate. In others, dysphoric mood states and negative cognitions may be most distressing. In some cases, arousal and reactive-externalising symptoms are prominent, while in others dissociative symptoms predominate. Some individuals exhibit combinations of these symptom patterns.' REF: DSM-5 APA, 2013
Living with these symptoms makes life difficult. They are a normal response to an abnormal situation. When these symptoms have lasted over four weeks some professional help can make a big difference. PTSD is now a treatable disorder and with the right help and support you can get better.
Causes of PTSD
There are many causes of PTSD as any kind of situation that a person finds traumatic can result in their suffering symptoms of PTSD. Traumatic events may include a serious road accident, a traumatic childhood experience, trauma experienced at work, violent assault such as a robbery or even serious health problems. Whatever the cause, symptoms of PTSD can start to occur immediately or sometimes they occur weeks, months or even years after the traumatic event. Please see our page on Types of Trauma for more information on circumstances which can cause trauma.
How is PTSD treated?
The structure of PTSD treatment is dependent on the client being treated. We place an emphasis on safety, grounding, stabilisation and building a strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
We offer the mainstream evidence-based treatment for PTSD called: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is a bilateral stimulation therapy which enables you to process a traumatic memory as if it was a normal memory. Once this happens the mind and body can begin to recover in a normal way and a normal life can be resumed. EMDR is not necessarily appropriate for all clients and types of therapy. For example, Complex-PTSD would need a more traditional Psychotherapy type approach with adjunct EMDR Therapy or we might use a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) approach.
PTSD Treatment Benefits
Feel like yourself
PTSD symptoms might make you feel disconnected and not like your usual self. After PTSD treatment you should feel more connected to yourself, loved ones and the world as a whole.
PTSD symptom reduction
Our stabilisation and grounding therapy when used in conjunction with EMDR therapy helps to reduce PTSD symptoms. These include less flashbacks, less avoidant behaviour, feeling relaxed rather than hyper-vigilant and less intrusive memories and thoughts.
Ability to relax
PTSD symptoms might include feeling on edge, anxious or having hyper-vigilance. You might feel like you are no longer in homeostasis. PTSD treatment can help you feel balanced and relaxed again.
PTSD symptoms might include feeling a disconnect from ourselves and the people around us. PTSD treatment can help to reconnect us with ourselves and those around us.
BSc, Ma, Dip, dip Psych
Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD.I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, trauma associated tinnitus and associated conditions.
I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.
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How Our Clients Felt Following PTSD Treatment
"I am able to relax again following my PTSD treatment"
"I feel more like my old self again"
"I don't have nightmares anymore or flashbacks"
"Although i cannot change what happened, i am now at peace with myself"
PTSD Treatment Frequently Askes Questions
What Does A PTSD Treatment Session Involve?
Sessions might involve some stabilisation, grounding and psycho-education. We use an integrative approach which includes using EMDR therapy, psychotherapy, somatic therapy and behavioural therapy. Every session is different but has an element of processing your experience with a past, present and future focus.
How long will PTSD Treatment Last?
PTSD treatment varies in time length from person to person. For a one-off traumatic incident which has happened to a person who is used to being in homeostasis, treatment is likely to be a couple of months. For someone who has experienced multiple traumas who is not familiar with being in a place of safety treatment is likely to be longer and compromise of more traditional psychotherapy with adjunct EMDR intervention.
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