Counselling for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Counselling in Practice Series)

Counselling for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Counselling in Practice Series)

by Michael J. Scott (Author), Stephen G. Stradling (Author)

Synopsis

This practical, accessible guide covers the whole spectrum of trauma that may initiate post-traumatic stress disorder. It provides clear, detailed guidelines for the counselling of afflicted clients. Mike Scott and Steve Stradling begin with a description of the hallmarks of post-traumatic stress disorder - intrusive imagery, avoidance of anything reminiscent of the trauma and uncharacteristic irritability - and discuss the factors which make an individual vulnerable to the disorder along with those which serve to maintain it. They argue that post-traumatic stress disorder manifests itself in two ways: the first involving a single, dramatic trauma such as a natural disaster; the second, and probably more common manifestation, as a result of enduring extreme circumstances, such as persistent maltreatment at work. The authors outline a range of techniques, illustrated by case examples, which can be applied to help sufferers displaying symptoms of both types of post-traumatic stress disorder. They highlight the different methods needed for the effective treatment of acute and chronic cases. They go on to emphasize the importance of recognizing that post-traumatic stress disorder rarely occurs by itself, often appearing in conjunction with depression and anxiety, and that the irritability component of post-traumatic stress disorder causes major problems in relationships. Chapters are devoted to the appropriate counselling responses to these difficulties.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Edition: First ed.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Published: 25 Aug 1992

ISBN 10: 080398409X
ISBN 13: 9780803984097