HELP FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) AT THE FAREHAM COUNSELLING CENTRE
First used as a diagnosis by veterans of the Vietnam War, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first used to describe the symptoms experienced by service personnel. But it is recognised that these symptoms have existed for much longer. The disorder has had many names, including:
post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS)
Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t only associated with war-related scenarios, however; traumatic events such as natural disasters, abuse and accidents can also cause symptoms.
It is understandable for people to feel distressed and upset after a traumatic event. For many, these feelings gradually subside, and they are able to carry on with their lives as normal. If untreated, however, distress and anxiety following a trauma may be ongoing. It can be so severe that the sufferers everyday live and ability to live normally are greatly impaired.
COUNSELLING FOR PTSD AT THE FAREHAM COUNSELLING CENTRE
It is generally best to start with counselling rather than use medication as the first and only solution to the problem. As well as counselling, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) can be extremely helpful in managing the symptoms.
Both these approaches will help you to:
Learn ways to manage painful memories, thoughts and images, so you don’t feel as distressed by them.
Learn strategies to help you get back into activities or visit places that you have avoided since the trauma because they have been too distressing.
Learn tools to help you relax and manage your anxiety when you start getting too anxious.
Explore thoughts that may be making your memories of the event more painful.
Counselling can involve around 8 to 12 sessions, though in some cases it might take longer.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING COUNSELLING?
During treatment you will learn ways to face traumatic memories and confront situations that you have avoided since the event so that you don’t feel so distressed by them. Your counsellor will teach you the skills to manage any distress you might experience so that you never become overwhelmed by your feelings.
Your Counsellor will encourage you to examine how your thoughts about the event may be making the memory of it more painful. Many people can blame themselves for an event, or start seeing the world as a dangerous place after a traumatic event, and your Counsellor will help to deal with these uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
Hypnotherapy can also be effective in treating the effects of PTSD. Click here for more details.
LET US HELP YOU TODAY
Counselling at the Fareham Counselling Centre, can assist you in managing your emotions at this difficult time, and can help you get your life back on track, no matter how much pain you are feeling at this time and whatever difficulties you are facing.
Call us now on 07946 641270, or complete our online form to book an appointment with one of our Counsellors in our Fareham Practice TODAY!