Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anxiety often arises after traumatic events, such as experiencing a death, injury or abuse. Experiencing a traumatic event may lead to feelings of extreme fear or helplessness. If these feelings continue long after the traumatic event has passed, and everyday events start triggering unwanted flashbacks and involuntary stress responses, counselling is the recommended course of action to treat the symptoms of PTSD. Around 10% of people will experience PTSD at some point in their life, with an exceptional recovery rate of 95% amongst those who seek treatment.


Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Disturbing thoughts, feelings and nightmares

  • Intrusive flashbacks and memories

  • Increased, frequent stress arousal

  • Amnesia around the event

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability

  • Hypervigilance

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Exaggerated startle response


Recovery counselling for PTSD can free clients from a life filled with fear, anxiety, and trauma. There is a significant body of research suggesting that effective counselling is an essential component of recovery from PTSD. Clinical neuroscientists such as Besser van der Kolk have shown that PTSD has a neurobiological base, and responds especially well to a combination of behavioural and relaxation techniques.

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