Professional Online PTSD counselling
Professional and private PTSD counselling, online via telehealth.
Trauma affects everybody differently.
For some, trauma may lay dormant – making itself present in unexpected waves of unbearable pain, guilt, shame or regret. For others, trauma is a constant cloud leaving us feeling numb, confused, dull or ashamed.
Trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can leave you feeling isolated and helpless.
However, you are not alone.
The Australian Family Physician (AFP) collected statistics that indicate around 4.4% of Adult Australians have experienced PTSD over the past twelve months, and 7.7% of Australians will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at some point in their lives.
Trauma is so often the precursor for other significant mental illnesses. It has shown to be a defining factor in the development of conditions such as psychosis, schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression and anxiety disorders.
Trauma often leads us with the desire to numb ourselves to avoid pain, leading to issues with substance abuse issues including sedatives and alcohol.
Online PTSD counselling delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online treatment for people suffering from trauma:
Forced social distancing made e-health and online treatment the normal means of support
Social isolation, heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job-loss and unemployment left many more Australians feeling vulnerable and anxious
Medicare rebated PTSD counselling with a personally matched, experienced psychologist.
One of the misconceptions with online Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, when compared to face-to-face support, is that it’s not available under Medicare or as part of a Mental Health Care Plan – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated as part of Medicare. You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences so that your PTSD treatment can be treated as effectively as possible.
What is trauma?
Trauma can be described as any event or series of events that cause extreme, intense feelings of shock, regret or horror. Broadly speaking, there are two types of trauma one can experience, single incident trauma and complex trauma.
Single Incident Trauma refers to experiencing ‘one-off’ events or incidents such as a witnessing a serious crime, the avoidable death of a loved one, a car accident or a sexual assault.
Complex Trauma refers to multiple traumas over an extended period of time. Most often this type of trauma involves other people. For example, prolonged periods of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, family neglect or experiencing war.
When people experience trauma like this, they sometimes can develop symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or Complex PTSD.
What are the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The number and the severity of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will vary between individuals and change over time, however they often will cause significant problems in social or work situations, and in personal relationships.
Symptoms are typically grouped into four main groups:
- Intrusive Memories
- Negative changes in thinking and mood
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Within these four broad categories, often individuals will experience:
- Recurring, unwanted memories of the event
- Upsetting dreams or nightmares including flashbacks
- Avoidance of certain places, people or activities
- Feelings of hopelessness or detachment
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
- Persistent negative thoughts
- Trouble sleeping or concentrating
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt, regret or shame
How can Online Psychologists Australia help you overcome PTSD?
The fact that the treatment and therapy is available online means the barrier to engaging is much lower – this makes it much easier for participants to take the first step and overcome their PTSD.
Other benefits of engaging in online trauma counselling include:
- Added flexibility around treatment times (after or even before regular working hours)
- Reduced pressure or treatment stress for the patient
- Private and discreet sessions
- Medicare rebated sessions
- Patients often feel more comfortable engaging in counselling online, and this can actually speed up their recovery process
- Patients are more likely to keep up consistent sessions due to added convenience
What can you expect from online PTSD therapy?
Before you officially start your therapy – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, and your preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you recover from the trauma.
Recovering from PTSD won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in-between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress between sessions.
Get PTSD Support online today with a professional psychologist
Reaching out and accessing support for struggles overcoming significant trauma can be tough, however the benefits of doing can be life-changing.
Our warm, empathetic and understanding team of professionals are ready to help.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique PTSD needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with a Medicare rebate.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
If you're having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
If you’re having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, there are many organisations that can help you 24 hours, 7 days a week. They include: