Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic life events. It can effect men, women, trans people and children. Some of the ways this can present is as anxiety, fear, flashbacks and nightmares to the point that it interferes with our daily life. This is usually caused by witnessing an event that your brain struggles to process. At that moment your brain goes into fight, flight or freeze and due to this the level of cortisol in your brain means that you no longer process memories as you usually would. Most of the symptoms experienced afterwards a due to fragmented memories. The trauma can be caused by a range of situations such as sexual abuse, witnessing a death or any instance which might feel like a ‘near miss’. In addition to this you may not of even had to be the one who witnessed the event as sometimes people can become vicariously traumatised through hearing about the event.
Trauma focused therapies involve creating a sense of safety and stability, potentially remembering and re-living the trauma in very strict protocols so that it is safe to do so and not re-traumatising before moving forward to a life that is no longer effected by these memories or reminders.
Using trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Quest Psychology Services aims to create a sense of stability and safety to return the body’s threat system back to baseline. After which we work with the traumatic memories so that they are stored in the correct place helping you move forward with your life. Dr Warwick has spent the majority of his career counselling male and female survivors of sexual abuse, assault and rape and he specialises in trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).