PTSD Treatment.



PTSD treatment at The Bay

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur when a person has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event or set of circumstances whereby they felt intense fear or that they or someone around them were in danger.

This can occur from both a single or multiple incidents such as childhood abuse, physical or sexual assault, a serious accident, and war or military combat. If left unresolved, psychological, and physiological symptoms can progressively worsen and become extremely disruptive to the individual’s life potentially causing relationship breakdowns, a lack of ability to engage in life and even suicide.

How do I know if I have PTSD?

You have recurrent, involuntary and intrusive memories or nightmares

You are in a state of hyperarousal and easily startled

You suffer from insomnia

You have panic attacks, and feel extremely anxious and unsafe

You are often stuck in a negative emotional state (ie. fear, rage, shame) and lack the ability to experience positive emotions such as joy & laughter

You feel estranged and separate from others around you

You unable to recall certain aspects of the traumatic event

You engage in reckless or self-destructive behavior in an attempt to block out the event/s

It is normal to feel frightened by a traumatic experience, and for most people the fight, flight, or freeze response will settle after time. For some, the feelings of fear do not go away and this can lead to PTSD. Although trauma can uniquely impact on each individual’s life situation, it’s universal in how trauma physiologically impacts the brain and body. Using evidence-based therapies combined with holistic practices that promote healing, quality of life can be restored.
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How trauma changes you

PTSD symptoms may occur soon after the event, or years later. Many people struggle through post-trauma symptoms, attempting to “tough it out” or distract from the anxiety, dreams, flashbacks, thoughts or memories of the event coming back unexpectedly and other physiological reactions that interfere with the ability to function in a healthy way.

Symptoms of trauma can vary; PTSD can cause one to become isolated, anxious, angry and depressed even years after the event or life situation. Such feelings can become compounded by emotional numbness and detachment which can lead to an avoidance of engaging in life and relationships and complicate substance abuse recovery.

These changes in mood and thinking can cause major changes to beliefs about oneself, and others or the world, as well as major changes to emotional state which gets in the way of living a full life or surviving rather than thriving.

These complex feelings can be expressed inwardly and can be expressed towards and projected onto others, creating distortions in reality that can make the path to healing seem unattainable. It is not uncommon to feel guilt or shame, due to the grief associated with the trauma, the nature of the event or situation and decisions made or not made at that time, all of which can lead to a chronic state of overwhelm.

Reminders of the traumatic event can cause distress and avoiding things that remind one the event can include avoiding specific people, places, or events. It can also include efforts to avoid any unwanted memories, thoughts or feelings.

An Atmosphere of Support, Understanding and Compassion

If left untreated, PTSD may cause other mental health issues and personal challenges including interruptions to daily functioning, work, health, and relationship breakdowns. Professional treatment for PTSD works to unravel the effects of the trauma and treat its source and part of the recovery from trauma includes learning life skills to manage and reduce stress.

When you are living with PTSD, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and common to experience anger, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, or just feel numb. You may startle at loud noises or avoid going to certain places that trigger uncomfortable feelings. Your sleep may be interrupted and you may experience flashbacks to the traumatic incident.

A trauma-informed model of care is at the heart of The Bay programs. All of your therapists, doctors, practitioners, and care team are trained to be sensitive to underlying traumas and provide compassionate, informed care. We have qualified EMDR Therapists who have experience working with veterans and police.

Due to the pervasive nature of the symptoms of PTSD, the opportunity to immerse yourself in a one-to-one healing retreat provides the greatest opportunity for resolution of the trauma and its effects. Trauma therapy is our particular area of expertise at The Bay; we offer the most current, evidence-based therapeutic practice available in a confidential, nurturing and peaceful environment.

Returning to a Sense of Safety

Feeling safe, having a sense of well-being and a capacity to engage in healthy relationships with others, as well as a general ability to enjoy life, are all outcomes of successfully resolved trauma. Repairing and integrating a traumatised nervous system creates such an outcome.

Experience can change the brain in negative and positive ways. Just as damaging experiences change the brain in ways that are negative for us, new and positive experiences also change the brain in ways that help us to heal and grow.

At The Bay, we create a safe environment essential in the treatment of PTSD, with expert care, that allows you to gently develop a sense of trust and well-being in yourself and engage in healthy relationships with others. This comfortable environment is one in which you can discuss and explore your feelings without fear.

A Customised Trauma Treatment Program for Your Individual Needs

Everybody is different. That means every case of trauma is individual, so it is important to us that we treat your case uniquely and provide the correct treatment program to fit your needs.

The neuroplasticity of the brain (the fact that the brain is malleable rather than fixed), means that healing the brain’s neural (nervous system) pathways is possible. When healthy integration happens in these neural networks trauma can be resolved. Trauma therapy needs to incorporate this integration in the nervous system to be effective.

Understanding and making meaning of the traumatic experience can be helpful in the resolution of the trauma, however, it is usually not enough. The Bay Method uses EMDR and a body-oriented approach in dealing with trauma that addresses the body’s physical processes and states.

Past experience tends to be unconsciously embodied in our present physicality. We need to have a felt experience of our sensations in the present moment to allow the emotional, physical and physiological effects of PTSD and other traumas to resolve.

Aspects of different therapeutic modalities such as psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) provide you with the tools to change the way you think and feel about your past experiences, and the way these experiences will continue to shape you.

The combination of these therapies, with holistic modalities such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, art therapy, acupuncture and massage, make for a deep, gentle and effective healing process.

We can help you recover and make a fresh start

Asking for help and allowing yourself time to heal are two very important parts of the recovery process. You deserve to make a change that will allow you to live a happier, healthier life, and that change can start today.

Would you like to know more about our customised PTSD retreats for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Please contact us via our web form or call +61 2 6684 4240 (Australia) or +1 310 220 0352 (USA)

What our guests say

I have attended other programs and felt overlooked due to the needs of the more complex clients that were in the program. At The Bay I was the focus of the team and gained a far greater understanding of my situation and was able to make the changes required to live the life I desperately wanted.

The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at the bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and finally live the life I have been craving for many years.”

My wife found The Bay after doing a lot of research looking at programs all over the world. Treatment centres here in the US are very different! My life has changed in so many ways and I continue to stay clean and sober, thank you for all you have done.

The team at The Bay gave me a second chance at life, I was so very sick and although I went to a number of treatment centres I couldn't find a way through, what the wonderful team at The Bay did for me is nothing short of a miracle, thank you.

Having a psychology background I was very particular about what I was looking for, I didn't want group therapy because I was at a point where I knew I needed individual therapy, for me it was a very private process, I needed somewhere that was private and peaceful, it has been five months since I left The Bay, it has changed my life.

I have been in treatment before but couldn't seem to achieve the changes I wanted. The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at The Bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and finally live the life I have been craving for many years.

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