The treatment programs currently offered at the Traumatic Stress Clinic include:
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Emergency Service Workers
What type of treatment is it?
Most treatment programs provided at the Clinic are based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is a scientifically proven treatment approach which aims to teach patients new skills and strategies for dealing with some of the difficulties commonly experienced after a trauma or significant loss. This can include learning new ways to identify and manage distressing thoughts, memories and behaviours. Across many studies from different countries, there is overwhelming evidence that CBT is the best treatment for both PTSD and prolonged grief reactions.
What is a “research clinic”?
The Traumatic Stress Clinic is a research clinic, meaning that all of the treatment provided through the Clinic is conducted as part of research trials. This research aims to investigate the usefulness of treatments for posttraumatic stress and complicated grief reactions. This means that the programs offered through the Traumatic Stress Clinic are based on the best treatments currently available for PTSD and prolonged grief. At the same time, these treatments are “cutting edge”, incorporating new and improved approaches for treating trauma and loss. Because we are a research clinic, patients at the Traumatic Stress Clinic have access to highly specialised programs with experts in the field and, because we are funded by research grants, treatment is free.
How do I go about starting treatment?
The first step for organising treatment at the Traumatic Stress Clinic is to complete an over-the-phone intake process to determine whether one of the treatment programs available will be suitable for your needs. This is because treatment is conducted as part of research trials and we are unable to be flexible with the treatment programs offered.
Please note that we are not a crisis service and cannot provide immediate assistance nor after-hours services.
If you have an emergency or are currently experiencing a crisis, please follow one of the options below:
Attending the Emergency Department of the nearest public hospital
Call Lifeline 24 hour counselling on 131 114
Contact your local GP