Auckland Therapy Counselling and Psychotherapy

PTSD Counselling

trauma & ptsd @ auckland therapy : counselling and psychotherapyUnresolved trauma may lead to anxiety, depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Any overwhelming event can result in a range of distressing symptoms such as jumpiness, flashbacks, loss of confidence, wariness, anxiety, emotional volatility, nightmares, or spacing-out. While time often provides healing, this is not always the case.

Causes of Trauma

Events including:

  • Natural disasters (e.g. Christchurch Earthquake)
  • Motor vehicle or other accidents
  • Physical assault, domestic violence, war, murder, imprisonment, etc. 
  • Sexual assault, rape or childhood abuse
  • Childhood events (premature birth, serious illness, loss or separation from parents, neglect, abuse, etc.)
  • Prolonged emotional or mental abuse
  • Serious illness or surgery

Effects of Trauma

Trauma overwhelms the usual physical, mental or emotional capacity. The effects can be delayed — often it is only later that people realise later how deeply they were impacted. Over time this may have wide-ranging effects on peoples lives and relationships. It is a common contributor to many psychological and emotional issues including insomnia, alcohol & drug use, anxiety, depression, anger, relationship difficulties & PTSD. Such events can continue to affect us for many years.

Treating PTSD

You are not alone in your struggle. There is hope for recovery and a better life. The first thing to do is to find a therapist who understands the mental, emotional and physical effects. As psychotherapists, we have a deep understanding of this and will work with you to manage the symptoms, understand what has happened, get you back on your feet and stand beside you on your recovery journey.