Working With Anger, PTSD & Phobia
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: John Landaw MA;UKCP Registered
1st June, 2009
The good news is that therapy in these three areas does not, and often should not be long term!
I would expect you to report beneficial results within 3 to 6 sessions. Together, we will monitor and record your progress throughout our work.
The fact is that anyone, whatever the cause of their anger, can learn to control it, once they master the simple strategies I will suggest, and by following exercises I will give you.
Anger, which activates the fight or flight mechanism in the brain, is meant to be a short-term harnessing of energy to react to immediate threat. It can, if activated often, be very bad not only for your relationships but also your physical health, leading, among other problems, to: hypertension, increased cholesterol levels, blocked arteries, increased susceptibility to infection.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) & PHOBIA
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder arises in wide variety of situations: a road accident you were involved in or witnessed, physical violence, sexual abuse, a medical procedure where the anaesthetic did not take properly. There are many causes, but its symptoms are often similar and very often highly debilitating: you have flashbacks, nightmares, cannot visit the scene of the incident, respond inappropriately to an interaction entirely unconnected to the scene or incident, but which reminds you of it.
Phobia also covers a wide variety of symptoms, from fear of snakes, spiders, heights, lifts, to social phobia, eg: you are afraid to be in large groups, to ask a store assistant for help, even to place an order in a restaurant. There are many variations!
BUT, both these afflictions can be alleviated within a very short time with a technique, which involves deep relaxation and guided imagery, that we will together use.
In fact, we would hope to see real improvement with either condition after just 2 sessions, and though more may be necessary, 3 should be, in most cases, the maximum number required.
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