Post traumatic stress disorder is a condition that can occur following on from being involved in or being a witness to a life threatening event or a significantly traumatic event. Some people may feel that PTSD may only occur due to a event such as plane crash, serving in wartime or rape, however some people may suffer from PTSD due to an event such as divorce, car crash, parents separating or burglary


Symptoms of PTSD

  • Recurrent and intrusive thoughts of the event

  • Dreams of the event

  • Behaving in a manner as if the event is occurring again

  • Lower than usual self esteem

  • Fear of being out of control

  • Guilt, often for surviving the event or feeling they are to blame

  • Poor concentration

  • Numbed responses to other events where usually a different response would be evoked

  • Changes in sleep pattern

  • ​Inability to remember specific aspects of the event

Symptoms may appear immediately after the event, sometimes days, weeks or even months after, it can be different for everybody as we all process events in differing ways.


Counselling is often the first step to looking at how this is impacting upon someones life. For me as a counsellor and therapist one of the most important aspects of counselling someone who has suffered a trauma is to be able to provide an environment which is the counselling room that feels safe enough to be able to discuss difficult events or to look at the past.


If you would like to speak to me about how counselling may help please feel free to call me on 01189 680 900.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)