What is trauma therapy for adults and how does online PTSD treatment work?
Trauma therapy is suitable for anybody who suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People experiencing PTSD have experienced some form of trauma resulting in distressing feelings and symptoms. They may have experienced the trauma themselves, such as being involved in a violent incident or a natural disaster or they may have witnessed a trauma relating to somebody else, for example seeing a violent incident.
Unfortunately, a person experiencing PTSD for a longer period is unlikely to get better without exploring PTSD treatment options which can be used to address their trauma. If you are unsure as to whether your symptoms are due to trauma or not, or how to begin to tackle your PTSD, a PTSD psychologist at Psychology Help may be able to help you work through your feelings and symptoms through online trauma therapy. However, if you feel you are suffering from severe symptoms that need immediate and complex care then it may be best for you to visit a GP first to ascertain your suitability for online trauma therapy.
This article will now explore some key questions you may have about what trauma therapy for adults is, and how it can be useful for people who want to seek PTSD help.
How do I know if PTSD help is right for me?
For some people knowing that they suffer from trauma is obvious. They may have experienced a single or a series of traumatic life events such as road accidents, violent assaults, childbirth and serious illnesses. Simply experiencing these situations does not necessarily mean you are suffering from PTSD, however if they were traumatic for you and you have experienced symptoms since the event then seeking PTSD help may assist you with these issues. It is also possible to suffer from PTSD following watching a traumatic event to a close family member, friend or even a stranger, for example being a witness to a violent incident.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
Symptoms from a traumatic event usually occur within the first month (although some people may not experience symptoms for weeks, months or even years) after the event and can include:
People suffering from PTSD may find they re-experience the traumatic event, this may be through flashbacks, experiencing the same physical sensations as they did at the time of the event (e.g. sweating and shaking), nightmares and distressing flashing repetitive images.
People suffering from PTSD may find they struggle to relax, they may experience feeling on edge as if a traumatic event could be experienced at any time. Over time this may lead to insomnia, feelings of irritability and a lack of concentration.
People suffering from PTSD may avoid their feelings as well as any activities and locations that are associated with the trauma, some to the extent where they become emotionally numb (they avoid feeling any emotion at all). This is not a healthy way of dealing with trauma and can lead to feelings of isolation, becoming withdrawn and missing out on previous activities that may have been enjoyable.
This is just a selection of symptoms that are associated with PTSD; depression, anxiety, self-medication and self-harm can also be symptoms of PTSD.
What PTSD treatment options are available?
There are many PTSD treatment options including therapies and medications, if you feel medication may be helpful then it is best to contact your GP, however if you are wanting to try therapy then contacting a PTSD psychologist could be helpful. The next step is to choose the type of therapy you would like the psychologist to be specialised in. Any therapy that enables individuals to confront their trauma and learn to live with their experiences may be useful for people with PTSD. Face to face trauma therapy can include eye movement desensitisation, exposure therapy and CBT.
These PTSD treatment options have been found to be beneficial to people suffering from PTSD, however all require the individual to physically travel to therapy. For people who may benefit from the extra convenience, lower costs and suitability of online therapy, online CBT that focuses on trauma may be a better fit.
What is online CBT trauma therapy for adults?
CBT stands for cognitive behavioural therapy, this is an evidence based therapeutic approach that focuses on the here and now rather than focusing on the past. CBT has been shown to be very effective at helping people approach their traumatic experiences, through cognitive (thought) and behavioural techniques and experiments clients are helped to face their traumatic experiences and alter their reactions to the traumatic event.
For example, a CBT PTSD psychologist may ask the client to think in detail about the traumatic experience, this enables the psychologist and the client to understand the thoughts and behaviours that have been associated with the event. Once these are known the client and the therapist can work together to change the physical and mental reactions to the trauma, this can include negative thought patterns and physical reactions (such as fast breathing). A CBT psychologist may also recommend that the client revisits the site or re-engages with any activities that have become associated with the trauma. Although this may sound scary now this would not take place until you had made enough progress to feel confident in your ability to complete this assignment.
The treatment techniques, approaches and tools used will differ dependent on the individual’s unique circumstances. If you are in any doubt as to the content of the PTSD help we offer then feel free to contact us at Psychology Help where we can give you more specific information.
Is online trauma therapy as effective as in person therapy?
Online PTSD therapy can be as effective as in person therapy depending on both the client and the psychologist. The client must be prepared to challenge themselves and what they believe they are capable of, and the psychologist must have the capacity to encourage and provide support to the client. The only difference between online and in person CBT trauma focused therapy is the physical presence of the psychologist.
At Psychology Help we have fully trained psychologists specialising in PTSD that will work with you to produce the results you want, whether this is a reduction in day to day symptoms of PTSD or enabling you to revisit the location or activity your PTSD is preventing you from doing.
How to find an online PTSD psychologist
There are many websites offering PTSD trauma therapy online, it is important that you know the qualifications and experience of the people who have written the content on the website, as well as the psychologists offering the therapy. Once you are confident in the abilities and authenticity of the trauma website it may be helpful to read reviews and testimonials of the service from real users of the service. If a website is unable to provide you with qualifications and experience of their psychologists, then it may not be a trustworthy and reliable service.
At Psychology Help all our psychologists are fully trained, licensed and have a wealth of experience across a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, insomnia, feelings of low self-worth, bereavement and PTSD. If you feel online trauma therapy may be suitable for you then there is nothing to lose by signing up for your first no-commitment required session using the button below.