Trauma (PTSD)


Treatment for trauma (including PTSD)

Psychological trauma can happen after an event where you feel your life has been in danger, perhaps an accident or an assault, or as a result of constantly living with a deeply stressful situation.

Those suffering from trauma might have panic attacks, extreme anxiety or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For many, this might cause flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression. For some, the symptoms may not be so obvious, but they might experience low self-esteem or relationship difficulties.

Untreated, PTSD can lead to violence, substance abuse (including alcohol), unemployment, family issues and possibly suicide.

What can cause trauma and PTSD?

While PTSD is better known as being associated with those who have seen active service with the military, this and other forms of debilitating psychological trauma can occur after a variety of scenarios:
• Personal injury, through accidents or assaults
• Witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, accident or violent crime
• Going through a life-threatening medical condition or surgery
• Seeing someone you care for going through a traumatic experience themselves

The common feelings throughout all these situations are that the individual is threatened, and believes they are not in control.

With human givens therapy, you do not have to sit and recount the traumatic experience (unless you want to). Instead, we use “toolbox” of therapeutic interventions and methods to de-arouse your perception of the event.

The treatment is less intrusive and takes much less time than other therapies.

Ask how human givens therapy helps with trauma

To see how our tried and tested therapy can help with trauma and PTSD, and to receive fast and effective treatment, please get in touch with Deborah Potts Counselling today.

I offer counselling and trauma treatment free of charge to armed forces veterans through the National Charity PTSD Resolution ( So, please, if you know any ex-service personnel, TA personnel or service families who may benefit, do not hesitate to contact me in the strictest confidence.

While there is a greater understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and treatment for it becomes more widely available, there is a knock-on effect that few people know about – secondary trauma.

Two groups might be subject to secondary trauma. Firstly, someone living with, close to or supporting a person with PTSD might themselves begin to experience PTSD symptoms of their own. Secondly, those working in jobs that regularly expose them to traumatic events – like those in the emergency services - may also begin to experience symptoms (some experts even say this is a primary trauma).

The logic behind the secondary trauma diagnosis is clear when you think about it. Constantly seeing someone close to you reacting to the causes and trigger points of their PTSD can have a direct impact and psychological effect of its own.

Treating secondary trauma

The way we use human givens therapy to treat secondary trauma is similar to primary cases of PTSD. After all, many of the symptoms will be the same, being one or several of:

  • Nightmares
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties

A secondary trauma may not trigger flashbacks – a key problem for those with primary PTSD – since the client was not at the original event.

If left untreated, secondary trauma might lead to complications such as substance abuse, violence, unemployment and family issues.

With human givens therapy, we use our toolbox of therapeutic techniques to “de-arouse” the trigger for the diagnosis. It’s like resetting the wires, so your perception of the circumstances and consequences is more reasoned.

The treatment in no way belittles whatever situation caused the PTSD that a secondary trauma client encounters. And the human givens approach means clients don’t even need to go through the stress of recounting the original traumatic experience unless they want to.

Find out how treating secondary trauma can help you

Please get in touch to see how human givens treatment offers a tested and fast solution to anyone suffering from secondary trauma. And remember, I offer counselling and trauma treatment for free to armed forces veterans through the national charity PTSD Resolution.