Trauma and post-traumatic stress treatment

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Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

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After hours appointments may also be available.

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If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

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"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging."

—Joseph Campbell

The most common initial reaction to a terrible event like an accident, serious assault, rape or natural disaster is generally relief that one survived. That tends to obscure the shock.

Left without support, the people involved in these incidents, and those who have assisted them, can experience profoundly disturbing reactions: flashbacks, unpredictable emotions, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches, stomach upsets, sweating, pounding heart or nausea.

While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help trauma victims find constructive ways of managing their emotions, enabling them to move forward in life.

Trauma may occur in two ways: either direct experience, where the survivor experiences a horrible incident or treatment, or second-hand experience such as hearing of or witnessing a traumatic incident.

What are some of the signs?

Physical

Emotional

Cognitive

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe; those who witness it and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law-enforcement officers. Friends or family members who do not witness the event can also suffer.

PTSD develops differently depending on the individual. While the symptoms most often make their first appearance shortly after the event, they can sometimes lie dormant and appear even years later.

When to seek professional assistance

Not everyone develops PTSD after a traumatic experience, but about 25% do. With proper treatment, they can make a full recovery.

You should seek help from a psychologist:

If you are a woman you may be at higher risk, as more women develop PTSD than men.

Psychology Melbourne’s psychologists will give you an initial test to assess your level of trauma and provide you with the appropriate treatment.

Strategies to manage PTSD

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