Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselling

In post-traumatic stress disorder counselling we work collaboratively, as a team, to address issues that deeply affect you both physiologically and psychologically, and to tailor a specific treatment plan that fit your needs. We work on normalizing and restructuring your thinking patterns with the focus on neurological, physical and psychological effects of trauma, develop self-regulation/relaxation techniques to decrease your anxiety/fear responses to distressing situations, construct and reconstruct narratives of your traumatic experience in the relaxed-body state while working with trauma memories, and build your resiliency and self-growth for the future with the aim to increase your personal strength, maturity and spirituality, appreciation of your life, open you up for new possibilities, and help you restore/build relationships both with self and others.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)is known by many names, including: battle fatigue, combat stress, shell shock, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS). It is a disorder caused by a direct or indirect exposure to very distressful events that can be difficult for a person to understand and process. Traumatic events such as natural disasters, abuse and accidents (e.g., car accident, injury) or listening about other person's traumatic experiences can also cause distress.

It is understandable for you to feel distressed and upset after a traumatic event - these feelings gradually subside and you are able to carry on with your life as normal. However, distress and anxiety following a trauma may become an ongoing struggle for you, be so severe that you suffer daily and loose your ability to live normally.

Typically, when you are in danger you feel afraid. When this fear hits you, the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered to help you react in a natural way to a threatening situation. As this reaction can be damaged by many other factors impacting your life, you may feel stressed or in danger when there's no imminent danger to you or it is no longer there. 

You may find yourself reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares. You also may feel isolated, guilty and sometimes irritable. Sleeping problems are also common. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are persistent and severe enough to impact your daily life, and you may feel that the best way to cope with the aftermaths of traumatic event is to turn to alcohol or drugs, or other forms of unhealthy coping strategies helping you to avoid negative thoughts or feelings.