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.
PTSD can develop after you experience or witness things like an accident, natural disaster, physical or sexual abuse, or combat.
Our clinicians work with you to develop effective ways of managing your emotions and teach general techniques to manage anxiety and stress . Gentle discussion of your trauma within the safe environment of the therapy room is the cornerstone of PTSD treatment.
We work with you to help you better understand the trauma, often by creating a story around the experience. Through the process of talking or writing about it, you begin to develop a sense of clarity and understanding of the experience in a more helpful light. Memories become less distressing and more controllable, and you’ll experience fewer flashbacks.
Anna, our clinic director, has a deep understanding of this condition – having researched extensively and presented 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: