Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

Helping you work through trauma…

Have you experienced a traumatic event or situation that you have struggled to move past? Do you experience nightmares or flashbacks to negative experiences? Are you having difficulties sleeping? Our psychotherapists are trained in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – an effective approach to manage and make sense of trauma.

What is PTSD?

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can occur after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can include:

⦿ Flashbacks

⦿ Nightmares or night terrors

⦿ Hyper-vigilance (like being startled by loud noises) 

⦿ Anxiety

⦿ Feeling disconnected from the world

For many people with PTSD, these symptoms can be debilitating and make it difficult to live a normal life.


 

What causes PTSD?

There is no one answer to this question as the cause of PTSD can vary from person to person. However, some experts believe that PTSD may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For example, if someone has a family history of mental illness, they may be more likely to develop PTSD after a traumatic event. Additionally, exposure to traumatic events (such as combat or sexual assault) can also increase the risk of developing PTSD.

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About the author of this service

Miss. Laura Gwilt
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Laura specialises in helping those with emotional and behavioural challenges

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What does therapy for PTSD include?

At Swift Psychology, we utilise an evidence-based Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT) approach for PTSD. Trauma focused CBT has four main stages: stabilisation, working through, integration, and resolution.

The first stage, stabilisation, is all about helping the individual to feel safe and to develop a support system. This may involve teaching coping skills and developing a plan for dealing with triggers.

The second stage, working through, is when the therapist helps the individual to explore the traumatic event or events. This can be done through retelling the story, imaginal exposure, or in vivo exposure.

The third stage, integration, is when the individual begins to make sense of what happened and to integrate it into their life story. This may involve processing emotions, developing a new narrative, and coming to terms with what happened.

The fourth stage, resolution, is when the individual has finished working through the trauma and has reached a place of peace. This may involve letting go of anger, forgiveness, and moving on with life.

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