Trauma | Psychologist in Tenerife

How to deal with post-traumatic stress disorders

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a person has experienced one or more traumatic events. When we talk about a traumatic event we mean an event that involves real situations or threats of:

  • Muerte
  • Serious injury
  • Sexual violence

Exposure to these traumatic events can be:

  • Direct (experienced personally).
  • Presence (the person saw what happened to someone else).
  • Hint (hear from a family member or a close friend who experienced the event).
  • Extreme repeated or indirect exposure (emergency personnel or first respondents who repeatedly heard about other people who experienced these events).

In addition, many people experience other types of highly distressing events that can result in symptoms of post-traumatic stress such as traumatic invalidation (repeated or extreme invalidation of a person’s experiences, characteristics or important private reactions), childhood verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, pathological grief and love breaks or infidelities.

Certain types of traumatic events appear to be more likely to cause PTSD than others. The types of traumatic events that are more likely to cause PTSD in women are: rape (46%), threat with a weapon (33%), sexual assault in addition to rape (27%) and physical attack (21%). In men they are: rape (65%), exposure to war combat (39%), sexual assault in addition to rape (12%) and witness a traumatic event (6%).

How do we treat posttraumatic stress?

We use PD, Long Exposure Therapy

Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is used to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. EP helps patients cope with situations that cause anxiety in a safe way, in order to overcome their excessive fears. PE has received the greatest amount of support in terms of research for its effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD and a consensus of experts has designated them as a first-line treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The strong efficacy of exposure therapy has been demonstrated in a wide range of people with trauma.

  • The role of avoidance

La evitación es un factor importante que mantiene el TEPT e impide la recuperación del mismo. Existen dos formas en que las personas evitan enfrentarse a los recordatorios del trauma. La primera es tratar de evitar los recuerdos, pensamientos y sentimientos sobre el trauma. La segunda es escapar o evitar situaciones, lugares, personas y objetos que provocan angustia o miedo porque son similares al trauma o son recordatorios de este. Sin embargo, si bien la estrategia de evitar pensamientos y situaciones relacionados con el trauma funciona a corto plazo, en realidad prolonga las reacciones postraumáticas y te impide superar las dificultades relacionadas con el trauma.

  • Exposure therapy

Since avoiding thoughts about trauma and situations that remind you keep your PTSD, the goal of exposure therapy is to help you avoid avoidance and, instead, encourage you to face thoughts and situations related to trauma. This treatment encompasses two types of exposure: imaginary exposure and live exposure.

  • Imaginary Exhibition

Imaginary exposure involves asking you to relive the traumatic experience in your imagination and describe the trauma out loud. The objective of the imaginary exhibition is to improve your ability to process the traumatic memory by asking you to describe it repeatedly during the sessions. The imaginary exposure of prolonged and repeated traumatic memory is very effective in reducing trauma-related symptoms and in helping you have a new perspective and meaning on what happened before, during and after the traumatic event.

  • Live show

Live exposure means facing situations that you avoid in “real life.” You will be asked to gradually face situations that you have avoided because they remind you of trauma, directly or indirectly (e.g., driving a car or walking alone in a safe place).

Why with us?

We are a highly qualified team of contextual therapy experts, that guide and train people in the skills needed to recognize what can be improved in order to generate lasting change.

We care and want to help you

Our team has treated hundreds of people with a high degree of effectiveness. Working closely with each individual creating a unique experience specifically tailored to their needs.

Avant-garde therapies

We share a passion for the most current research whilst respecting and incorporating techniques based in our ancestral wisdom, balancing them harmoniously.

Ability to create links

Specialist care and guidance are essential for us and we take time to mentor our guests to ensure they maximize their experience with us.

Focused on training

We regularly train many professionals in a wide range of therapies. We pride ourselves in creating a two-way flow, an exchange of ideas, information, shared knowledge and understanding. Providing the best training and advice for a new generation of therapists.


Our work has been recognized and regularly features in the media including television, printed press and online. Our skills are often called upon to help explain many different issues affecting our society today.

Satisfied patients

Our greatest satisfaction comes from the love and testimonies of the many people who have overcome problems with us. We are delighted that our guests leave us with a greater understanding of themselves and the path that lies ahead.

Opinions of our consultants

Because there is nothing better than reading the impressions of those who have found their way and have overcome their post-traumatic stress problems thanks to our work.

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Psychologist in Tenerife | Acerina Ramos
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