MAY 1997, VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1, Abstract 6

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Malcolm Desland, Psychologist

A 40-year-old woman presented with a complex chronic PTSD, including a rape (18 months before admission), a rape at age 15, and a childhood sexual abuse history.  Coupled with this was a previous negative therapy experience.  At presentation she was severely symptomatic, excessively anxious and avoidant.  This case study discusses her history and presentation information, assessment of hypnotisability, case formulation in light of a previous negative therapy experience, counter-transferential issues, and initial interventions utilising hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy.  Therapy is still continuing, so follow-up and outcome data are not available.