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Traumatic Stress Clinic

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.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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:

  • Nightmares (usually with sleep disturbance)
  • Unpleasant intrusive thoughts/memories of the event
  • Avoidance of painful reminders of the event
  • Low mood and loss of interest
  • Poor concentration, irritability and feeling ‘jumpy’
  • Feelings of guilt and/or shame
  • Feeling unsafe and unable to trust others

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.

  • The first part of treatment addresses ways of managing PTSD symptoms. It provides an understanding of PTSD and strategies to cope with distressing symptoms, such as nightmares and flashbacks.
  • The second part of treatment focuses on memories of traumatic events, and involves talking through past traumas in detail, with the support and advice of the psychologist. 
  • The final part of treatment involves helping service users resume everyday activities and relationships. 

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.

  • Evidence-based psychological treatment for PTSD, as recommended in the NICE Guidelines
  • Clinical staff are highly trained and very experienced with complex PTSD
  • Expertise in working cross-culturally and across different languages using interpreters
Resources for Service Users

We have compiled a range of resources on coping with anxiety and PTSD symptoms. Please see our YouTube channel for more.

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