Trauma & PTSD Counselling

    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome trauma & PTSD through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome trauma & PTSD through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

    Learn about Trauma & PTSD

    After going through a traumatic experience, it is common to experience a range of overwhelming emotions, including anxiety, anger and hopelessness. This is particularly expected for a period of time immediately after the traumatic event. However, you may feel that you can’t afford to take time away from your responsibilities to recover, or that you need to get back on your feet as soon as possible. It is not uncommon to feel frustrated that you have not been able to recover on your own. No matter when the event occurred, if it is affecting your ability to enjoy life then it is not worth putting off any longer.

     

    Whilst trauma is often thought of as the aftermath of a single, horrific event, trauma can also occur from being exposed to a number of smaller events over a longer period of time. A common example includes ongoing experiences of physical, sexual or verbal abuse throughout a certain period of your life. Both of these forms of trauma can lead to similar difficulties, however the experience will always be unique to each person. Some people may experience flashbacks of the memory, which may appear to be random, or in response to a specific trigger. You may have noticed that you are avoiding certain situations or are unable to do the things that you used to do because of these flashbacks. You may also feel physical sensations such as constant alertness, general aches and pains, or fatigue.

     

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur soon after a trauma, or have a delayed onset more than six months after the trauma. It develops as a result of an extreme and often unexpected event or series of events. These may include physical or sexual assault, accidents, natural or man-made disasters, and war and/or military combat.

     

    There are three main types of PTSD:

    Re-living the trauma through distressing memories, nightmares or “flashbacks”, or experiencing psychological distress when exposed to certain cues

    Feeling numb or emotionally cut off from others, and avoiding reminders of the traumatic event

    Persistent signs of heightened anxiety and physical tension, increased aggression and irritability, and lack of interest in social activities

     

    Alternatively, you may be experiencing more subtle effects of trauma, which has caused you to put off seeking help until now. This could include having a thought or memory randomly entering your mind and making it difficult to concentrate. Some people also experience a general feeling of dissatisfaction with themselves – such as wanting to be more confident, happy or trusting as a person.

     

    No matter what the effects are, if there is a chance that your past is still having impacting on your current wellbeing then it is worth seeking help to finally move on. There are a number of someone.health psychologists who are specialised in working with trauma and PTSD. They can:

     

     Help you work through the emotions and the memories associated with the trauma

    Provide evidence-based support on ways to cope with the effects of trauma as they arise, including any problematic emotions, thoughts or behaviours that have resulted

    Provide systematic desensitisation – a technique that helps to reduce symptoms by encouraging you to remember the traumatic event and express your feelings about it

    Provide therapy to assist with associated psychological and behavioural problems – including alcohol or other substance abuse, violence, depression, and medical conditions

    Introduce support groups – connect individuals with people who have had similar experiences and encourage them to share their feelings

    Help you to support someone else who may have been affected by a traumatic event (e.g. children or other family members)

    Trauma & PTSD Psychologists

    Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for trauma counselling. 

    Nicole Walker

    Nicole has worked in a broad range of settings. She is a proud military psychologist with over 30 years total service in the Australian Army in various roles. She is a Solomon Islands and Afghanistan veteran. She has a particular professional interest in providing intervention to people suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related concerns.

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    Louise Brealey

    Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.

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    Emma White

    Emma has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of presenting concerns. She has extensive experience working with clients who may be struggling with adjustment and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, eating and body image concerns and psychotic illnesses.

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    Christine Craig

    Christine has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Her work has involved working in private practice, in schools and as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

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    Trisha Nowland

    Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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    Simon Dann

    Areas that he has worked in extensively are treating Depression/Anxiety, Alcohol and Drug issues and Clients presenting with Employment and Personal relationship relationship issues.

    He has a research interest in managing major mental illness through therapeutic treatment addition to medication. He also has an interest in Aboriginal and first nation’s health.

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    Seija Herat

    Seija takes a compassionate, open and validating approach in working with clients in order to establish a safe and supportive therapeutic alliance to assist throughout difficult and challenging experiences.

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    Chris Santalucia

    Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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    Ilan Cohen

    Ilan has worked as senior clinical psychologist in some of Sydney‘s best known clinics including Bronte’s Sydney Clinic, St Vincent Hospital and numerous medical centres. He has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.

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    Wendy Foers

    Wendy will work with you to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage challenges and enhance your emotional wellbeing. Wendy has developed methods that assist clients to empower themselves and restore their quality of life. She has seen first hand how patients become empowered with improved emotional intelligence and psycho-education.

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    Kate Lemerle

    Kate has been working with people from many different walks of life, struggling to make many different changes in their lives, for over 40 years. Her work now is primarily with people overcoming anxiety and depression, with a special area of interest in counselling trauma from a positive psychology perspective.

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    Nick Rayner

    Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

    Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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    Michelle Kelly

    Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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