Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful or distressing events. It can be triggered by any number of incidents for different people, from those who have held positions in the military or armed forces, to those who have been involved in car accidents, suffered during traumatic pregnancies and births, bereavement or any other traumatic life experience. Therapies, specifically EMDR therapy for PTSD can be very effective to overcome such traumatic experiences.
PTSD can develop immediately after a traumatic event, but it may not become apparent for months or even years after the incident. Some trauma can be so severe, especially when it happened in childhood where few resources were available, that the traumatic events may be dissociated, and you may only remember fragments or very little of what happened.
Therapy for PTSD aims to help you develop strategies to build and strengthen your inner resources and ultimately your sense of safety. By developing a strong sense of safety, you will be able to process, integrate and heal from the traumatic life experience.
Treatments such as Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy, Psychodrama and other integrative approaches can be useful approaches to alleviate PTSD. However, EMDR therapy for PTSD is still considered one of the most effective methods and approach for treating any trauma related problems. By targeting the original source of a fractured belief system, the belief can be eradicated and replaced by a new and more adaptive mindset. The EMDR processing is empowering because you discover your own power to heal. The impression of these experiences is often self-sustaining and will last over time.
At Counseling Perspective our therapists work within a positive growth model and often our clients have found that, after processing their traumatic experience, they become aware of a new inner strength and are able to engage in the positive aspects of life.
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