The Psychology Tools for Overcoming PTSD Audio Collection is designed for anyone with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This skills development package gives patients essential information about PTSD and training in practical skills for managing their intrusive and distressing symptoms. The audio pack contains over 3.5 hours of information and practical exercises. It can complement work completed in clinical sessions or it can be used as a stand-alone intervention.
As well as providing psychoeducation about PTSD the audio collection contains practical exercises across 4 domains:
- Physical soothing: PTSD is characterised by heightened arousal and this selection of body-based and imagery exercises are designed to promote physical relaxation and a feeling of safety.
- Grounding: People with PTSD experience a range of dissociative symptoms. These sensory and cognitive grounding exercises are designed to promote orientation to safety in the present moment.
- Brain retraining: Trauma ‘trains’ the brain to orient towards threat. These brain retraining exercises are designed to counteract unhelpful anxiety-promoting learned responses.
- Improving sleep: Poor sleep is profoundly detrimental to good mental health. These practical and imagery exercises focus on improving sleep in individuals with PTSD.
This audio collection will be useful to individuals with PTSD as well as therapists working with traumatised clients. It is particularly helpful as a skills-development package which can help patients to stabilise before engaging trauma-focused therapies.
This audio collection is designed for anyone with PTSD to use as self-help. The audio collection contains multiple .mp3 files as well as PDF worksheets. It is downloaded as a .zip file which will need to be unzipped before the audio files can be accessed. Once unzipped the audio files can be played in most media player apps. You can also download the verbatim scripts, allowing you to record the exercises for your clients in your own voice to reinforce work completed in therapy.
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- Schauer, M., & Elbert, T. (2015). Dissociation following traumatic stress. Journal of Psychology, 218(2), 109-127.