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How to Tell if Your Client is Traumatized: Podcast 013

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This podcast is the narrated version of my article 3 Ways To Spot Trauma In Your Clients.

As a therapist, counsellor or psychologist, once you learn about PTSD and how it manifests, it can be easy to see trauma everywhere. But out of every 100 people who experience a traumatic event, only 20-25 will go on to develop symptoms of PTSD. But it’s not too difficult to tell whether a client is traumatized or not.

In this episode I talk about:

  • The incredible shrinking memory
  • Trance – the double edged sword
  • Test 1: Can they actually talk about it?
  • Test 2: Does it still feel recent?
  • Test 3: Do even nebulous ‘reminders’ set off flashbacks?

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


  1. Wilson, J.P and Keane, T.M (1997) Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD. The Guilford Press.
  2. Yard, S.S., DuHamel, K.N., Galynker, I.I. (2008) Hypnotizability as a potential risk factor for posttraumatic stress: a review of quantitative studies. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 56(3), 334-56. doi: 10.1080/00207140802042007
  3. Wilson, J.P and Keane, T.M (1997) Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD. The Guilford Press.
  4. Rose S, Bisson J, Churchill R, Wessely S. Psychological debriefing for preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2):CD000560.
  5. Noreen Tehrani.
  6. Van der Kolk, B.A, A,C McFarlane and L Weisaeth (Eds) (1996) Traumatic Stress. The Guilford Press

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Mark Tyrrell

About Mark Tyrrell

Psychology is my passion. I've been a psychotherapist trainer since 1998, specializing in brief, solution focused approaches. I now teach practitioners all over the world via our online courses.

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