Symptoms of trauma, if left untreated, can become all-pervasive, affecting every aspect of the sufferer’s life. Cavenagh helps trauma sufferers to manage disturbing symptoms and rebuild their lives.

Traumatic events affect people in different ways – most commonly impacting on the individual’s personal and professional relationships and leading to under-performance at work.

For children, trauma can have profound long term effect on their development, behaviour, future adult relationships and long-term potential.

If left untreated, the debilitating symptoms of trauma can lead to many psychological, habitual and physical issues.

Cavenagh provides a lifeline for trauma sufferers, their families and employers.



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes an acute set of symptoms which develop following a particularly harrowing experience. It may also be the effect of cumulative exposure to traumatic events.

The PTSD sufferer’s sense of security has been damaged. When face-to-face with death or experiencing a life-threatening event, a state of high alert is triggered in the body. Although this is initially a natural response to imminent danger, in the PTSD sufferer’s case, it develops into a chronic condition, one which can go unnoticed for years by family and colleagues.

Veterans and servicemen of armed conflicts represent a large proportion of PTSD sufferers, but there is considerable pressure on resources to treat them. With the closure of the Defense Medical Hospitals in the UK, they now have to join NHS queues for treatment. This is particularly worrying given that delays in diagnosis and treatment of PTSD can cost lives.

Today, PTSD can be diagnosed in any participant in or witness to a traumatic event who repeatedly relives the experience. Whilst other reactions to trauma can be intermittent, PTSD is constant. Although in some cases the effects and symptoms can be instant, in others these reactions can take several months or even years to emerge.


Case Histories

“After surviving the Tsunami in Thailand, my life hit a wall and collapsed. I have never felt so fragile, but Cavenagh helped me pick up the pieces and restored my confidence.”

Sarah Director, UK recruitment company

Traumatic Events

Trauma can affect witnesses to these types of events as much as those who have been directly involved in them.

Traumatic events include:
  • Armed conflict or terrorism
  • Violent crime and sexual abuse
  • Natural disasters
  • Fatal accidents
  • Serious miscarriages of justice
  • Sudden bereavement or diagnosis of an illness
Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD develops into a chronic condition, one which can go unnoticed for years by family and colleagues.

Common symptoms:
  • Flashbacks, hallucinations, nightmares
  • Depression, loss of confidence and social withdrawal
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Hyper-vigilance – a permanent ‘on-guard’ state
  • Unprovoked anger and violence
  • Panic and anxiety attacks
  • Guilt – “I could have done something.”
  • Anger – “Why me?”
  • New or increased dependency on alcohol and/or drugs
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