Our services provide evidence-based psychological treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD. This is an anxiety disorder which can be caused by stressful or frightening events. Our team also offer supervision, consultation and support to other services in C&I and community organisations on understanding and managing the condition. We have been commissioned to offer consultation and psychological care following major traumatic incidents, such as the London bombings.18+
We have expertise in working with traumatised refugees and asylum-seekers, survivors of childhood abuse, torture survivors, victims of trafficking, and veterans.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name we give to problems people may experience after they have been involved in one or multiple traumatic events. People with PTSD may present with some of the following symptoms:
Many people also have other difficulties including depression, panic disorder, chronic pain and alcohol/substance misuse.
Service users will initially be offered an assessment with a clinician during which our treatment approach will be explained and a decision will be made as to whether this service would best meet the service user’s needs. We offer a phased model of psychological treatment for those accepted for treatment in line with NICE guidelines.
At the end of treatment, service users should experience a reduction in their PTSD symptoms and an improvement in their quality of life. Whilst it is impossible to help people forget past traumatic events, treatment aims to help service users to cope better with these memories and to have more positive thoughts about themselves and increased hope for the future. Please see our service user leaflet for further information.
We have compiled a range of resources on coping with anxiety and PTSD symptoms. Please see our YouTube channel for more.
The TSC is able to provide special interest placements for doctors on the UCL North Central London specialist training programmes for General Adult Psychiatry and/or Medical Psychotherapy who hold full membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Please contact Dr Michael Bloomfield for more information.
The TSC is also open to placements for honorary therapists who have previous experience of providing trauma-focused therapies or who have experience working with complex mental health needs. Please note, we can only consider honorary therapists who are qualified psychologists or psychotherapists with a UK registration (HCPC, BACP, BABCP or a similar body), or final year psychology trainees, and who can provide evidence of training in delivering an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.