It is fairly common to have a period of personal struggle within your lifetime. In fact, up to 65% of Australians will experience some traumatic event at some point in their lives (AIHW, 2020). Most people associate pain and suffering with significant distressing events such as war, terrorism, or a natural disaster. This is commonly referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder whereby past traumatic events can linger and affect your ability to recover. This can cause symptoms of anxiety, avoidance, depression, flashbacks, and nightmares to occur, lasting months to even years. With our online PTSD treatment, our experts can help you get back on your feet.

We experience hurt from any psychological wound that has occurred due to our own perception of a stressful event or experience. For some people, this may be witnessing the death of a loved one or being a victim of workplace bullying. The best way to get through this difficult time is by having a professional on call to provide you with the right tools for healing. That’s where an online trauma therapist comes in.

How Do Traumatic Experiences Affect Us?

Everyone will respond in their own unique way to emotional anguish. Some common reactions are feelings of sadness, guilt, confusion, anger, numbness, and lack of motivation. It is also normal to notice changes in some of your regular routines such as your sleeping or eating routine. When this happens, this is the time to seek online PTSD treatment to help you surpass this tough time.

There are various reasons why we begin to experience these symptoms after a traumatic event. One of these reasons is due to hyperarousal also known as hypervigilance. Hyperarousal is our body’s way of remaining prepared. You may be familiar with the term “fight, flight, or freeze”, which is automatically triggered by your nervous system in response to a threat or perceived danger. Following a traumatic event, you may often remember your distress; and that’s because your suffering is real. However, as a result, your body may remain on high alert for a sustained period of time, which may interfere with your ability to participate in your daily activities. Trauma counseling online may be the solution to this response, to help you get back on the road to recovery.

How Do Traumatic Experiences Affect Us

If you find yourself experiencing distressing symptoms, the good thing to know is that you can heal from a past traumatic event. Speaking to a trauma therapist online can be a great way to start the healing process and provide strategies to help you manage your day-to-day life.

How Can Online Trauma Counselling Help?

Online trauma counselling is an evidence-based therapeutic model which focuses specifically on the memory of the suffering and its meaning. You would need to talk through those experiences and the pain of what has happened to you. For some, this may feel quite intimidating, but think about what this can now mean for your life. It is refreshing to know that you have the power to truly heal from these events and live a happier, more fulfilling life. When working through your distressing experiences, it is essential to make sure you find a trauma therapist online that can help you.

There are various models that an online PTSD therapist may work through with you during your sessions. The most common ones are Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure Therapy (ET), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Exposure Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)

This is an evidence based model which focuses on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours following a traumatic event. The aim is to address any excessively negative judgements, thoughts, or unhelpful beliefs and behaviours that you may have adopted about yourself, others, and the world (APS). Online PTSD treatment usually ranges from 8-25 sessions, however depending on the complexity of the distress or if there are other mental health issues involved then it may be longer.

Exposure Therapy (ET)

Exposure therapy is where you and the online trauma therapist will confront the memory of the distressful event and the feelings that we may otherwise have been avoiding. As many emotions may arise during this process, it is important to ensure that it is conducted with an online PTSD therapist you trust and in a safe and controlled environment. The goal of this approach is to assist you with changing your relationship towards your traumatic experience and develop healthier ways to cope.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapeutic approach that focuses on particular images, thoughts, or bodily sensations related to your agonising experience. The goal of this approach is to support you in changing the way the suffering is stored in your brain to remove the symptoms that may be causing you distress. This is commonly done by performing particular eye movements guided by your online trauma therapist (generally moving your eyes back and forth, by tracking the movement of your psychologist’s finger). The idea is that dual attention assists you in processing your emotional suffering and integrating the memory with an existing memory network.

How to get started?

If you or anyone you know is undergoing a personal struggle, it is important to connect with an online trauma therapist and start the healing process as soon as possible. You can heal from your old wounds and live the life you desire.

At Recharge, we make it easy to start your healing journey. In our online PTSD counselling, we have various online trauma therapists that specialise in emotional suffering and can support you along the way. To get matched with your perfect psychologist, you can call us on 1800 811 901 or submit an enquiry and one of our mental health nurses will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Our Team are AHPRA registered and have a diverse range of professional expertise to support your journey to mental wellness.

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