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PTSD Counselling in Reading: Find a Counsellor

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Everybody is different and every therapist is different so there are many different possible experiences during therapy. However there are a number of stages that you may go through.

Therapy is a positive and pro-active step, but at first you may feel nervous or shy, particularly if you have never done anything like this before.

You will be talking about things that are difficult. It may be the first time you have ever really talked about them so there's no denying that at times it will be hard. But because you are doing this in therapy you are not on your own, your therapist is there to help you and guide you. It's not uncommon to feel worse in the initial stages. You shouldn't feel put off by this. It means that something meaningful is happening, that the issues you are talking through are real and you are not avoiding the real problem. Stay with it, you will start to see a difference.

As time progresses you may start to experience a general shift in the way you think, feel or behave. Or, you may have 'breakthrough moments'. At those times something will suddenly make sense to you in a way it didn't before, or you will clearly see a way forward through a particular situation. The benefits of therapy will begin to take effect - you may see your symptoms start to decrease, you may begin to accept a difficult situation or you may begin to understand your own behaviour better and begin to be able to manage it positively. Overall you should be moving to a position where the issue that prompted you to seek therapy in the first place no longer dominates you.

For more information see "How Therapy Works" in the main menu.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) information

Symptoms of PTSD:

Anger, Anxiety, Avoidance, Blame, Disconnectedness, Disinterest, Distraction, Distress, Nightmares, Flashbacks, Forgetfulness, Guilt, Impairment, Irritability, Recklessness, Recollections, Self-destructiveness, Sleeplessness, Trauma and Vigilance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends 2 Therapies for ptsd:

1) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on how your thoughts (cognitions) affect your feelings and actions. It recognises and challenges negative thoughts that perpetuate the problems you experience. The objective of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and emotions. View CBT Therapists for PTSD
2) Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing directs your eye movements to affect how your mind processes data. The technique attempts to reprocess your frozen traumatic memories. The objective of eye movement desensitisation reprocessing is to desensitise your upsetting memories. View EMDR Therapists for PTSD
Within Reading

Kathryn Ross - Registered Psychotherapist
Kathryn Ross
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  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certificate EMDR
  • PTSD
  • 2 Mortimer Lane, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3PR
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      9:30am-3:30pm
    • Tue
      9:30am-2:30pm
    • Thu
      9am-2:30pm
    • Fri
      8:30am-2pm
  • Individual 55
  • 40% of enquirers became verified clients
Kathryn Ross - Registered Psychotherapist
Kathryn Ross
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  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certificate EMDR
  • PTSD
  • 16A High Street, Thatcham, RG19 3JD
  • Multiple times available +
    • Wed
      4pm-8pm
    • Fri
      9am-12:30pm
  • Individual £65
  • 40% of enquirers became verified clients
Within 15 miles

Lesley Davies - Accredited  Counsellor
Lesley Davies
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  • Accredited Counsellor
  • Certificate CBT
  • PTSD
  • Crees Meadow, Windlesham, GU20 6QA
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      12pm-8pm
    • Tue
      9am-8pm
    • Wed
      11am-7pm
    • Thu
      9am-8pm
    • Fri
      9am-6pm
  • Individual 70 Couple 80
  • 60% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 2 verified reviews 
"Lesley was really easy to talk to, she helped me get through a really difficult time in my life. Lesley helped me to understand what I was going through. We talked a lot about my childhood, which I hadn't realised had caused me so much pain, I enjoyed our chats, and always felt at ease and comfortable when I was with Lesley."
Within 18 miles

Philip Brown - Registered Psychotherapist
Philip Brown
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  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certificate EMDR
  • PTSD
  • Vapery Lane, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0QA
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      8:30am-6pm
    • Tue
      8:30am-5:30pm
    • Wed
      8:30am-5:30pm
    • Thu
      8:30am-5:30pm
    • Fri
      8:30am-1:30pm
  • Individual 70
  • 41% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 2 verified reviews 
"Philip is able to create a relaxing environment and was able to empathise very quickly. Philip has an ability to identify the root cause quickly and relate back to me in an easy to understand style. Philip was able to challenge me to think differently about the issues that I was facing which has had a profound benefit both in my private and professional life. I would use Philip again."
Within 21 miles

Laura Prins - Registered Counsellor
Laura Prins
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  • Registered Counsellor
  • Certificate EMDR
  • PTSD
  • Maple Grove, Woking, GU22 9PJ
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      7am-6pm
    • Tue
      7am-6pm
    • Wed
      7am-6pm
    • Thu
      7am-6pm
  • Individual 75 Couple 90
  • 46% of enquirers became verified clients
Matthew Stiff - Registered Psychologist
Matthew Stiff
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  • Registered Psychologist
  • Doctorate with CBT
  • PTSD
  • John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford, OX4 4GP
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      8am-6:30pm
    • Tue
      8am-6:30pm
    • Wed
      8am-6:30pm
    • Thu
      10am-6pm
    • Fri
      8am-6:30pm
    • Sat
      8am-3pm
  • Individual £95 Couple £110
  • 39% of enquirers became verified clients


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