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What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

What Causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?: During a traumatic experience, most people experience emotions that are intense, distressing or both. Sometimes, these responses will continue long after the event has ended, and your mind’s ‘emergency setting’ becomes its default setting.

If this starts to interfere with your daily functioning, you might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These symptoms may result from changes in some regions of the brain that deal with emotion, memory, and reasoning.

Classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include flashbacks, avoidance, nightmares and ‘hypervigilance’ (where you are always being on your guard, feeling very anxious and having difficulty relaxing or sleeping). Untreated, this may develop into symptoms of depression and even substance abuse and addiction.

If your trauma was long-term or repetitive, particularly in your home or during your childhood, you might be diagnosed with Complex PTSD (C-PTSD, where you might experience difficulties with relationships and tend to avoid others and you may struggle with a loss of connection.

Both children and adults who have experienced trauma, PTSD or C-PTSD can benefit from therapy which helps you to start rebuilding a sense of safety after a traumatic event.

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What to expect from therapy dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: People with PTSD often benefit from group therapy and support groups as well as individual psychotherapy where a counsellor or therapist can help you to explore your problems through listening and suggesting ideas for improvement.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

HQ Therapists & Counsellors Working With PTSD

Many types of therapy have been developed specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder and can also help with C-PTSD, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), exposure therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and logotherapy.

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.