PTSD may develop following a stressful event or situation that is life-threatening or very scary that you see or that happens to you. This may include:
• natural disaster
• domestic abuse
• sexual or physical assault
• life-threatening accident
• Repeated nightmares and/or flashbacks that make you feel you are experiencing the traumatic event all over again.
• You may have angry outbursts
• You might feel hyper sensitive to noises, smells, or objects which remind you of the trauma.
• You may avoid thinking or talking about the event and avoid places or people.
• Do you struggle to stop thinking about it and ask yourself why it happened and how you could have prevented it?
• You may feel numb or unable to feel any emotions with a sense of detachment from others.
• You might not be able to remember certain aspects of the trauma.
• Do you feel a loss of interest in significant activities and withdraw from others?
• It may have started to affect relationships and employment.
All these symptoms and more are understandable and are likely to cause intense distress in almost anyone following such traumas.
Trauma focused therapy can help you to make sense of your trauma and reduce intense PTSD reactions, enabling you to experience the richness of life again.Your therapist will offer you a safe and secure space to support your recovery from your experiences of trauma with a focus on developing a therapeutic relationship built on trust and empathy.
Trauma focused therapy is the most recognised treatment for PTSD and is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). The recommended sessions are between 8 –12 sessions following a single event and longer if multiple traumas have been experienced.
For further information on PTSD please see: www.nice.org.uk