This program offers individual treatment for people who have experienced a traumatic event in adulthood more than one month ago and continue to experience post-traumatic stress reactions that cause-distress and interfere with daily functioning. 

To be eligible for this treatment program you need to have experienced post-traumatic stress reactions for longer than one month after the event.

As with our other treatment programs, this program is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Many international studies have concluded that this form of treatment is the best treatment for PTSD. The aim of this study is to examine new ways of enhancing existing CBT treatments.

The current treatment program involves 9 weekly one-on-one sessions with an experienced clinical psychologist, each lasting approximately 1 ½ hours.

Part of the research is examining the potential for exercise to improve people’s responses to PTSD treatment. Because of this, individuals coming in to the program must be capable of completing 10 minutes of exercise designed to increase their heart rate. Also, because of the strong language component of the treatment, people who wish to participate in this treatment must be able to do so in English.

Unfortunately because of the limitations of our research, we are not able to treat individuals who have experienced childhood trauma or trauma related to domestic violence. 

If you are seeking treatment for childhood trauma, please contact the Blue Knot Foundation on 1300 657 380

If you are seeking treatment for domestic violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463.


If you think you can be helped by this program:

Contact the Traumatic Stress Clinic, and a telephone interview will be arranged. You will be asked some questions about your trauma exposure and the problems you are seeking help for. This interview should take approximately 20 minutes. If we think this program is right for you, we will proceed with a full assessment and then commence the program.

If you feel like you need treatment, but you are unsure whether this program will be appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for further information or referral options.

The government funds the clinic with research grants in order to investigate treatments for post-traumatic stress and grief. This enables us to provide a free, specialist service.


More information about PTSD can be found here.


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