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Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with CBT in London

Efficacy’s Cognitive Behavioural therapists, based in centres across London & Sevenoaks, are experts and highly training in delivering CBT treatments to help you overcome Post traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post traumatic stress Disorder can develop in any of us at any age following a stressful life event or situation which has been catastrophic in nature. Following a major disaster specific screening may take place to identify symptoms. Up to 30% of people will develop PTSD following a traumatic event. People with PTSD may not present for treatment for months or years following the onset of symptoms. Other disorders may be associated with PTSD such as depression, drug or alcohol problems or panic and generalised anxiety symptoms.

Common Features

The person experienced or witnessed an event(s) that involved actual or threatened death, or serious injury or a threat to physical integrity to self or others.

  • The person’s response involved fear, helplessness or horror
  • Re-experiencing of the event through nightmares or flashbacks
  • Avoidance of trigger situations and emotional numbing
  • Increased arousal and hypersensitivity

Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT counselling) is the treatment of choice for PTSD. Cognitive behaiavoaurla therapy helps with techniques designed to process traumatic memories that are becoming ‘blocked’. The first part of the therapy has an educational component to set the foundations for finding individual and bespoke interventions to overcome the traumatic experience.

We would always consider ‘watchful waiting’ when the symptoms are mild and have been present for less than 4 weeks.

‘Trauma focused’ Cognitive behavioural therapy is offered, usually initially for 8-12 sessions.

Drug treatments are not offered as a first line treatment for adult PTSD sufferers. However there is indication for use of some antidepressant medication prescribed by GP in specific circumstances and Amitriptyline or Phenelzine if under specialist mental health care supervision. If sleep disturbance is a main symptom then a hypnotic can be used in the short term, with antidepressant medication indicated for prolonged use. Medication should be prescribed for 12 months with a gradual withdrawal.

Eye Movement Desensatizing and Reprocessing (EMDR) integrates elements of imaginal exposure, cognitive therapy, psychodynamic and somatic therapies. It also uses the unique and element of bilateral stimulation (e.g. moving the eyes back and forth).

EMDR uses a structured eight-phase approach and addresses the past, present, and future aspects of the dysfunctionally stored memory.
We are a pure CBT service based in three London locations and Sevenoaks with a team of BABCP accredited Cognitive behavioural therapists. Some of our therapists have also undertaken training in EMDR. All accredited cognitive behavioural therapists will be trained mental health professionals and competent in the diagnosis and treating PTSD. So you can be assured that you health is in the hands of trusted health care professionals.

Evidence Base

Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is recommended by NICE for treatment of those with severe symptoms. CBT has the best evidence for the treatment of CBT and NICE also identify that EMDR has an emerging and increasing evidence base.

If you would like to find out more or book an assessment in London then call on the number below or complete the online contact form.

Telephone: 020 7929 7911