PTSD Counselling Services in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events that seem to persist long after the event has elapsed (sometime years).
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Sexual Assaults
- Being Robbed or Mugged
- Violence Against Yourself
- Witnessing Death (violent death)
- Military Combat Experiences – used to be called “shell-shock”
- Experiencing Natural Disasters – Earthquakes, Major Floods etc.
PTSD can develop immediately following a disturbing event, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others don’t, although this may be due to how “resilient” a person is to negative events in general.
Symptoms of PTSD
Someone with PTSD will often re-experience the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may also experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt (often “survivors guilt”)
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
PTSD, in common with many other problems and conditions, is often made worse by “unhelpful thinking” traits or “distorted” belief systems. (The way we perceive the World around us).
The limiting beliefs associated with PTSD may have been created by the actual traumatic experience that may have been “blown out of proportion” or indeed may be the result of “imagined experiences” which can lead to the same outcome – the experience of Anxiety related symptoms.
If we can learn how to manage these limiting beliefs or cognitive distortions using the tools and techniques contained in therapies such as the Thrive Programme or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, then we can also learn how to control the emotional experiences that we have – ie. manage the symptoms.
It is also possible that people suffering from PTSD may have some additional emotional or childhood trauma problems that are indirectly related to the problem itself but still create Anxiety and Stress which make the symptoms worse.
In these cases, as it is may be more difficult to identify the distorted thinking or limiting beliefs associated with PTSD itself and therefore following a course of Psycho-dynamic Therapy may be more beneficial.
Therapy for PTSD
PTSD also responds very well to Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) that can help to “unlock” distressing memories that give rise to the symptoms.
Dr. Justina Somal offers EMDR at TranceForm.
In general, PTSD related conditions respond well to therapy.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome PTSD
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome PTSD symptoms then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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FREE Initial Consultations for PTSD
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your PTSD. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with PTSD
PTSD problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’. You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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