PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy
PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy works through the foundational aspects to trauma recovery, so that the recovering person can begin to manage the powerful emotions, triggers and rebuild a new life. We cannot rebuild on quicksand so it is important to establish the foundations and set realistic expectations with regard to work, relationships and all areas of life.
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OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU
- Individual therapy
- Couple or family therapy using Imago Advanced Communication Skills
- Trauma Healing Support Groups
What’s this deep PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy all about?
When the basics of emotional safety, stability and trust are established, it can be helpful to have a serious look at what the trauma was all about and develop helpful meaning around it. When our beliefs get stuck, our life can begin to go from bad to worse and it is helpful to enlist the assistance of a trauma specialist to help us get out of the bog. The workbook provides guidelines about what to look for in PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy.
The workbook also covers many of the tasks and suggested activites that I might encourage you to try during counselling, leaving you more time to talk and ask questions during your session. It is a great tool to assist telephone counselling or people with limited money who can only afford a session much less often than weekly. The PDF WorkbookIntro of the introduction is provided to give you an idea of the approach used.
Setting realistic expectations comes from gaining information about general patterns, stages of recovery and ways to manage symptoms. Many people hate the word “homework”, however the people who take charge of their recovery prevent compounding the sense of helplessness by relying on somebody else to “fix” their difficulties. With enough information, you can allow for individuality and become the expert on your own recovery enlisting assistance from others where appropriate.
Enduring feelings of guilt, anxiety and depression are common ruts. Trauma recovery requires a few life changes. Often it is important to pull back for awhile to focus on self-care, rebuilding a sense of safety, trust in self, others and life itself including control over ourself and our destiny. Resorting to the ‘baby steps’ approach, we can set small goals to stretch us gradually. Remember the ‘Hare and tortoise’ story! The focus needs to be on feeling safe and trusting of ourself, and allowing others to remind us to pace ourself and see our achievements.
Please check out my research thesis findings summary for more information about common approaches and what other experienced therapists focus on.
PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy for Family & Couples
One of the strongest influences on speed and efficacy of recovery is the interaction of the natural support network. By empowering family, friends, and colleagues to create an environment of acceptance and encouragement based on knowledge and understanding, emotional reconnection and appropriate responses to the survivor’s needs are maximised. It’s not enough to send somebody off to see a stranger for an hour, when it’s you they live with for the rest of the week and they need to feel safe, understood, respected and empowered by you. Most effective recovery occurs in families who have availed themselves of guidance and knowledge. Read more here.
This family member wrote, and some time later attended counselling after the sister had attended regularly:
“After hearing about posttraumatic stress, I wondered to myself if this is something that my sister may have been going through. After reading your book on putting together the pieces, something finally has made sense through all of this. I now have an understanding on the thoughts and processes she is going through, but most of all it touches on experiences the family may be going through. The book totally describes my sister’s reactions to life in general to a T. Its so on the ball it’s scary! The flashbacks, numbness, the lack of interest in life in general, but most severe in my sisters life is the way she has just totally disassociated with the people closest to her. At this stage in her life she cannot see just exactly what she has had in the past or what she may be losing in the future in regard to her relationships. This is the saddest part of all of this.
I would like to thank you though, for taking the courage to write this book and express your own experiences in life. It certainly has given me an insight to what feelings people that have experienced a traumatic time in their lives, are dealing with on a daily basis. But no matter how big or small the trauma was there is hope on putting it back together. It may take time, but it is worth the while in the long run.
After the time our family has had over the last 14 months it’s only now that my sister has started to share a few of her feelings with me. Yes it’s a baby step but it’s a step that I didn’t have a month ago and I’m blessed for that.”
PTSD, trauma counselling, psychotherapy Groups [continuing]
- The support groups have 5-7 people and meet weekly for 2 hour sessions. Generally, no new people join after the first session, until the 8 weeks are completed. Structured with flexibility for individual needs and varying group dynamics as follows:
- Re-build Safety & Trust.
- Explore needs, goals, and emotional processes
- Share feelings & emotions using interactive activities, visualisation, diary writing, word pictures or drawings.
- Education about the traumatic stress recovery process, stress management, relaxation, problem solving strategies, EFT & TATS techniques and resources provided intermittently as the need arises.
- Relationship Skills practiced in the group empower participants by providing a safe experience with (an)other person(s), in addition to the counselor. Insight & clarification is gained through clearly hearing what self & others say, gives confidence to use the skills
- Self empowerment is facilitated by assisting participants to clarify aims and strategies. As participants build confidence to discover and use resources they are empowered to move on and develop wider, more effective natural support systems.
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Information & Training Workshops
Creating a culture in the Family, Work and Community environments where Traumatic Stress reactions are understood FACILITATES speedier, healthier RECOVERY for affected people.
Participants gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on an individual and on the interpersonal dynamics that can change after a traumatic incident.
Strategies for minimising the process of Post Trauma Stress, and prevention of compounding effects are explored.