Are you trouble by vivid flashbacks or memories for a trauma? Having nightmares? Continuously reminded of it by things in the environment? Angry? On edge? On the lookout for bad things to happen?
Our minds are sometimes likened to busy factories that have the job of processing life events and creating memories. Occasionally, a life event is so big or so traumatic that our factory just can’t process that event properly. This can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
In treating this condition, gentle discussion of your trauma within the safe environment of the therapy room is the cornerstone of PTSD treatment. Through this process, memories become less distressing and more controllable, and you’ll experience fewer flashbacks. I also work with you to develop effective ways of managing your emotions and teach general techniques to manage anxiety and stress.
My treatment methods are backed up by a deep understanding of this condition – I’ve researched extensively and present work on this topic at local and international conferences.
Many parents and children who come to see me have never seen a psychologist before, and don’t know what to expect. I’ve answered some of commonly asked questions to help you feel more at ease: