Trauma Assessment & Support Service
A number of sufferers with PTSD may recover with no or limited interventions. However, without effective treatment, many people may develop chronic problems over many years. The severity of the initial traumatic response is a reasonable indicator of the need for early intervention, and treatment should not be withheld in such circumstances.
Our guide below has been developed by our team of Associates and based upon guidelines created by The National Institure for Health and Care Excellence - NICE.
Initial Consultation and Observation
Where symptoms can be described as 'mild' and have been present for less than 4 weeks after the trauma, observation of the individual should be considered. During this period we recommend that the individual concerned either contact your GP or arrange to see a specialist who can deliver initial screening and provide you with advice on what to do next. A follow up appointment will be arranged within one month to monitor progress
PTSD where symptoms are present within 3 months of a trauma
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy
The duration of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy should normally be 8–12 sessions, but if the treatment starts in the first month after the event, fewer sessions (about 5) may be sufficient. When the trauma is discussed in the treatment session, longer sessions (for example, 90 minutes) are usually necessary. Treatment should be regular and continuous (usually at least once a week) and should be delivered by the same person.
PTSD where symptoms have been present for more than 3 months after a trauma
- Trauma-focused CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
The duration of trauma-focused psychological treatment should normally be 8–12 sessions when the PTSD results from a single event. When the trauma is discussed in the treatment session, longer sessions than usual are generally necessary (for example 90 minutes). Treatment should be regular and continuous (usually at least once a week) and should be delivered by the same person.