How do I find a therapist?

Following a traumatic event, your GP can refer you to the right organisation or practitioners so that you can begin to receive help. There are many therapies for PTSD and they can differ in their duration, number of sessions, and approaches to recovery. 


which therapy is right for me?

The therapy that is suitable for you will depend on your trauma and your current symptoms. Trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy, such as prolonged exposure, or eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) are evidence-based, gold standard treatments for PTSD. It is important to discuss the therapy that is most suitable for you with a mental health professional.  

 

what do we mean by evidence-based treatments?

Evidence-based treatments are essentially treatments that have been proven to work. This means that they are based on scientific evidence, including data collected over a number of years, or large-scale clinical trials involving thousands of participants. 

 

What can I ask my therapist?

Remember, it’s your treatment; it’s OK to ask questions.

·         Is trauma-focussed therapy the best treatment for me?

·         Can you tell me how this type of treatment works?

·         How often will I need to come and see you? How long will treatment last?

·         What can I do in my day-to-day life to help me get better?

·         What support will I need while I am having treatment?


To learn how to approach your GP prior to contacting a therapy provider, click here.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) also maintains a register of psychologists, listing their specialities. Call 1800 333 497 or search the list on their website.