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Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Trauma is recognised as the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. Symptoms can include: Flashbacks of a traumatic situation, Easily startled, Avoiding reminders of the event/events, Nightmares, Hypervigilance & Sleep difficulties.

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It is important to note that PTSD is only one of a number of mental health disorders that can result from exposure to a traumatic event. Depression, generalised anxiety and substance use also commonly experienced following trauma.

Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma is defined as the exposure to multiple, often interrelated forms of traumatic experiences and the difficulties that arise as a result of adapting to or surviving these experiences.

Repeated exposures to war related trauma or adverse childhood experiences that are longstanding/recurrent (e.g., emotional, physical abuse or neglect) and inflicted by others are examples of where complex trauma may develop. For survivors of PTSD or Complex PTSD, early intervention can make a big difference in treatment outcomes.

Dissociation, a state that involves a level of detachment from reality is a symptom that may present in complex trauma. Ego State Therapy is often used in combination with EMDR to increase the level of safety experienced by the individual so that the traumatic memories can be processed.

The World Health Organisation identify EMDR therapy and trauma focused CBT as the recommended treatments for this presentation.

Frameworks and Therapies

How Can Mind Wellness Therapy Help?

Mind Wellness Therapy is a Brisbane counselling service with expertise to support your ability to recover from PTSD and Complex Trauma.

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

An effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma.

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Mindfulness-based therapy

A focus on increasing awareness of your internal experience to empower your capacity for effective change.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Behaviour based therapy focused on building skills with an emphasis on values, acceptance, compassion, present moment living and accessing a transcendent sense of self.

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Art Therapy

The use of creative techniques to help you express yourself and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in your art.

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Building your skills and learning more adaptive ways to manage life’s challenges is an investment in you and your relationships.


    Areas of Expertise

    Mind Wellness Therapy offers a safe environment and extensive experience across a range of presentations to help explore our psychological issues and shape a rich, meaningful life.