PTSD – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Over and above the qualifications as a registered psychologist, Dr Gericke has additional experience and stressqualification for this particular disorder.  During the 90’s she worked especially with policeman and soldiers returning from the army to help and guide them with readjusting to civil society outside the structure of policing and
the army.

In 2008 she started working with the returning contractors from Iraq, the people who fought for the American’s against the troops in Iraq.  In the last 5 years, at any given time, she had about 17 of these mercenaries in therapy.  They varied from extremely aggressive and being a danger to themselves and society, to being rather calm and only needing to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

This was such a unique experience.  The American Insurance companies paid for their therapy, so I had the freedom to do research with them, always with their consent of course, and I can now be considered one of the most experienced therapists in South Africa when it comes to combat PTSD and other PTSD forms.

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

According to the 309.81 – DSM , PTSD is:

Note: The following criteria apply to adults, adolescents, and children older than 6 years.

A) Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence in one (or more) of the following ways:

1.       Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s).

2.       Witnessing, in person, the event(s) as it occurred to others.

3.       Learning that the traumatic event(s) occurred to a close family member or close friend.  In cases of actual or threatened death of a family member or friend, the event(s) must have been violent or accidental.

4.       Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event(s) (e.g., first responders collecting human remains; police officers  repeatedly exposed to details of child abuse).

B) Presence of one (or more) of the following  intrusion symptoms associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic event(s) occurred:

1.       Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive distressing memories of the traumatic event(s).

2.       Recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and/or affect of the dream are related to the traumatic

3.       Dissociative reactions (e.g., flashbacks) in which the individual feels or acts as if the traumatic event(s) were recurring.  Such reactions may occur or a continuum, with the most extreme expression being a complete loss of awareness of present surroundings.

4.       Intense or prolonged psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolise or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event(s).

5.       Marked physiological reactions to internal or external cues that symbolise or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event(s).

After the journey of therapy with PTSD is completed therapy rolls over into life coaching.

If you suspect you suffer from PTSD , due to crime, combat or any other reason, please feel free to contact me for an assessment and introductory session.


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