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 Trauma & PTSD at Ramsay Clinic New Farm?

Inpatient

Our inpatient service is run by an experienced multi-disciplinary team, offering you 24 hour care.  We provide a comfortable, stable environment allowing you to focus on your recovery. 

Please contact us for more information on inpatient care.

Day Program

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder and is useful for patients requiring assistance with suicidality and self-harm. The program is also beneficial to individuals with complex mental health issues and/or difficulties managing intense and volatile emotions. The program focuses on four key topics; mindfulness (being in the present moment), distress tolerance (coping with crises and overwhelming feelings), emotional regulation (the balancing of emotions) and interpersonal effectiveness (relationship skills).

Who might benefit: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with emotion dysregulation, problematic interpersonal relationships and suicidality and self-harm;

Entry requirements: Entry to the program requires assessment with a DBT group facilitator;

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required;

When: Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Young Adults

This DBT program focuses on the above difficulties as they relate to the unique difficulties experienced by young adults. This includes content related to alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviour, developing structure and routine after schooling, developing independence, tertiary study and developing healthy friendships and relationships;

Who might benefit: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with emotion dysregulation, problematic interpersonal relationships and suicidality and self-harm;

Entry requirements: Open to young adults up to the age of approximately 25. Entry to the program requires assessment with a DBT group facilitator;

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required but it is recommended to plan for attendance for 6-12 months;

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00am-2:15pm


RO-DBT Informed Therapy

The Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Program is a social connectedness program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities of social engagement. RO-DBT aims to encourage context appropriate and open emotion expression to increase trust and desires to affiliate. Marked by low receptivity & openness, low flexible control, pervasive inhibited emotional expression, low social connectedness and intimacy with others, these patients have the ability to tolerate distress, delay gratification, and avoid public displays of emotion. While often seen as helpful behaviours, too much self-control can prove to be exhausting and problems are less likely to be noticed- reducing opportunities for feedback and psychological help. RO-DBT aims to enable receptivity and openness to new experiences, flexible control, intimacy and social connectedness.

Who might benefit: The RO-DBT Informed Therapy program targets overcontrol. This program is designed for individuals experiencing disorders such as OCD, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders, Autism, Treatment Resistant Anxiety, and Internalizing Disorders.

Entry requirements: Enrolment is possible at any time; a brief assessment over the phone may be required.

Duration: Group members can begin at any time and continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties; the program runs over a cycle of approximately 25 weeks.

When: Monday 9:00am-2:15pm


Mentalisation

An evidenced-based treatment which focuses on developing people’s emotion regulation capacities. Mentalising is the awareness of mental states, in oneself and others. Mental States include thoughts and feelings, attitude, beliefs, intentions and wishes. The group focuses on assisting people develop a greater understanding of their own and other mental states, reduce impulsivity and improve interpersonal relationships.

Who might benefit: Suitable for people with group experience seeking to further develop emotional regulation skills, awareness of self and others, and interpersonal skills;

Entry requirements: The program requires assessment with a group facilitator.

Duration: Minimum 6 months commitment is required

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm


Body Oriented Therapy

The Body Oriented Therapy group focuses on trauma psycho-education, mindfulness and the development of somatic/sensory resources for regulating arousal systems. This evidence-based therapy is an integrative treatment approach that utilises techniques from other therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, attachment and neuroscience.

Who might benefit: The Body Oriented Therapy Group is a program designed for people who have experienced trauma and have difficulty in stabilising their mood and emotions.

Entry requirements: The program requires assessment with a group facilitator

Duration: A minimum of 3 month commitment is required. Group members are encouraged to continue until they feel ready to graduate;

When: Fridays 9:00am-2:15pm


For further information please call our Day Patient Program Coordinator on (07) 3254 9100. A referral from your GP or current treating psychiatrist is required for entry to the programs. Please send referrals to our Day Patient Program Coordinator by fax (07) 3254 9601 or email referrals.nfc@ramsayhealth.com.au. Ramsay Clinic New Farm staff will coordinate admission to the appropriate program.



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