Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD treatment AdelaidePosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It is important that individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by trauma, adversity, and loss have a way to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world. This is what we aim to do by providing treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What Can Cause PTSD?

PTSD can be caused by any kind of trauma. Traumatic situations are often life threatening or involve serious injury, and lead to feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror. Trauma can arise when something happens to you, or if you witness something happen to someone else. Potentially traumatic situations include:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • A motor vehicle accident
  • An industrial accident
  • Bush fire or flood
  • War experiences

Symptoms of PTSD

Persistent symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Anxiety levels raised – in situations where the person may feel at risk or in any situation that reminds them of the incident
  • Intrusive thoughts and flashbacks
  • Panic attacks may occur
  • Vulnerability levels raised
  • Suspicion increases – victims are suspicious of many or most people with whom they come into contact
  • Sleep disturbances – reminiscent nightmares are common
  • Concentration level drop – some victims are unable to work
  • Irritability – inconsequential incidents may take on huge proportions
  • Isolation – victims may withdraw from social contact believing no one else understands their situation
  • Physical symptoms – fatigue, headaches and/or GI disturbance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression

Treatment for PTSD

The National Health and Medical Research Council treatment guidelines state that the recommended first line treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is trauma-focused therapy. Clinical research shows a high level of effectiveness in the reduction of symptoms following this treatment.

Whilst debriefing – onsite counselling provided very soon after an incident – may not be beneficial, best practice guidelines state that early support and effective treatment in a secure situation is recommended.

PTSD Treatment in Adelaide

We provide trauma counselling according to best practice guidelines.

  • Clinical psychologist Margaret Mitchell takes a meta-cognitive therapy approach and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
  • John Gwiazdzinski has a particular interest in working with members of the armed forces.

If you would like to see one of our Adelaide-based psychologists for treatment of PTSD, you are welcome to request an appointment. For more information, you may like to contact us via phone on (08) 8272 7885 or via email at