Trauma and PTSD

When a person experiences a traumatic event that has threatened their life or safety, or the safety of those around them, they can be left with intense feelings or fear and helplessness. This can trigger responses such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts and high reactivity. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

A person may develop PTSD after a traumatic event such as a car crash, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.

Many people show symptoms of PTSD in the first few weeks after a traumatic event but recover on their own with the support of family and friends. Others may require treatment and support from health professionals.

Effective treatment for PTSD involves a mix of inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient psychological services.

How do we treat PTSD at Ramsay Clinic Coffs Harbour?

Day Program

The Program aims to improve the quality of living for patients by addressing the following issues:

  • Education about PTSD
  • Learning how to deal with painful thoughts and feelings associated with PTSD
  • Learning to manage depression, anxiety, anger, alcohol and drug-related problems, and sleeping difficulties
  • Medication management, when indicated
  • Development of strategies to enhance communication and better managed relationships 
  • Assist participants to understand the importance of physical activity as a component of symptom management
  • Family days - where psycho-education is provided about this disorder and its treatments to family members/significant others. 

These issues are addressed using individual and group therapy approaches. Tailored plans are developed with each participant. Comprehensive discharge planning involving liaison with appropriate support services is provided.


The program is run on an outpatient basis. A list of accommodation close to the facility is available on request for those that live outside the area.

The program consists of:

  • Two days (Wednesday/Thursday) per week from 9am – 3pm for 10 weeks.
  • Individual sessions are provided before or after each day. Each client will be allocated suitable times.
  • There is also an extra day follow up three months post program completion.

Admission information 

Written referrals are required from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists

Once a referral is received, a consultation will be arranged with one of our psychiatrists, and if appropriate, referral will be made into the next available program.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lisa our intake manager on 07 5671 8447 or email 

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