PTSD is the basic diagnosis of ‘trauma’ and is very treatable
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is classified as an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events, which can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event, or weeks, months or even years later. The medical establishment estimates it affects one in every three people who have a traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD
Someone with PTSD will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt, frightening thoughts, sweating and shaking, numbness, feelings of detachment from others, the inability to remember, deep fear, problems with concentration and problems with sleeping.
Khiron House’s approach
At Khiron House we recognise that an unfinished biological response to a previously stressful, or threatening, incident leaves a residual disturbance in the body, specifically in the sympathetic nervous system. The body fails to reset and does not return to a state of balance. The resulting dis-regulation causes the body to be over-responsive to the next threat, and over time this can build into a total failure of the biology to metabolise threat.
How it feels
People with PTSD can feel as though they are losing their way in the world. Their bodies continue to live in an internal environment of the trauma. We are all biologically and neurologically programmed to deal with emergencies, but PTSD causes memory to be stored at a sensory level, in the body.
The unrecognised impact of trauma in the body
At Khiron House we recognise that unrecognised, untreated frozen trauma often lies at the heart of many mental health conditions.
Trauma is a word that we often only use to describe extremes, like soldiers in combat zones, but trauma can mean anything that causes us stress so overwhelming that our physical response to it is to ‘freeze’. This ‘frozen’ material can often be stored in childhood and then triggered by a new stress like a bereavement, a break-up, a car accident or a redundancy.
The two main modalities at Khiron House
Two of the main modalities we use at Khiron House, Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, were initially formulated to treat PTSD effectively.
Somatic Experiencing facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.
The approach is to gently guide clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult body sensations and suppressed emotions.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy unities the top down (cognitive) and body up approaches to treat trauma.
Traditional psychotherapy lacks the techniques that work directly with the physiological elements of trauma, even though trauma profoundly affects the body and many symptoms of trauma are somatically based.
It has been found that unassimilated somatic responses evoked in trauma, involving both arousal and defensive responses, are shown to contribute to many PTSD symptoms and be critical elements in the use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Therefore, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy directly treats the effects of trauma on the body, which in turn facilitates emotional and cognitive processing.
Call us on 020 3668 1606 to learn more about our PTSD treatment.