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 would also recommend watching this video, which features some of our Service Users describing in their own words what to expect when coming to the TSC.
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.
The Keeping Well NCL Complex PTSD Pathway in the Traumatic Stress Clinic is a free and confidential service that provides rapid access to evidence-based psychological treatment for health and social care staff with PTSD to multiple and prolonged traumatic events in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. We see any health and social care staff resident or working in the North Central London region.
To refer a health or care staff member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org marking your email as ‘Referral – Complex PTSD’. We also accept self-referrals. If you would like to discuss a referral, please email keepingwellNCL.email@example.com or call Complex PTSD Pathway clinicians Livia or Ghiselle on 0203 317 6820.
For further resources, information and useful tools on coping with traumatic stress, please visit www.keepingwellncl.nhs.uk and search ‘trauma’.