More and more ex-service veterans are putting forward PTSD claims. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can disrupt lives significantly, but Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing can be highly-effective treatments. Sometimes a range of treatments can be used including medication to achieve the right results. The charity PTSD Resolution are offering what has proved to be a highly-effective service so far for veterans, reservists and families of people suffering from PTSD.
The one-to-one treatment offered by PTSD Resolution means that patients can avoid significant travel, long waits and group therapy. The charity has built up a network of therapists across the UK and has even been able to meet the treatment costs of some patients in order for progression to be made quickly.
PTSD Resolution’s NICE-approved trauma-focused CBT utilises a holistic, whole-person rather than attempting to offer a questionable ‘quick-fix’. The Human Givens framework used by the charity enables it to offer bespoke assistance for individuals, taking various psychological interventions and combining them in offer to offer effective solutions.
Treatment is never rushed, with long-term cures always being at the forefront of PTSD’s services. Cases can be completed in as little as two months in some cases despite this eagerness not to rush treatment. The charity is focussed on what it sees as helping clients to self-manage their lives around therapeutic help. A number of steps are outlined and implemented over a series of sessions.
1. INFORMATION GATHERING: In this step, the therapist listens to as much of the client’s history as they need to in order to outline a treatment plan and identify a new meaning for the events that are being described.
2. RELAXATION AND BREATHING TRAINING: This step helps the patient to regain control of their physiology
3. RE-EXPOSURE: The therapist re-exposes the client to the sensory components of their traumatic memories. This helps the patient to change the meaning of the events via controlled arousal.
4. REHEARSING RESPONSES TO FEARED EVENTS: Prior to behavioural experiments taking place, the patient imagines taking part in these activities.
5. BUILDING NEW FRAMEWORKS: The patient prepares themselves for post-therapy life as determined by the Human Givens or self-determination framework. This can include work taking place regarding coping strategies and life in the workplace, at home and in relationships.
PTSD Resolution has half-a-decade worth of experience in providing this emotional and behavioural support, with around 75% of all patients reporting a clear reduction in symptoms. Primarily providing support to military veterans, their work can be instrumental in preventing symptoms such as depression, nightmares and flashbacks as well as outbursts of violence, drug and alcohol abuse and breakdown of family life. The charity’s work is designed to help military veterans struggling to reintegrate into normal life.