People with PTSD may feel emotional confusion, anger, irritability, mood swings, fear, stress, anxiety, panic, guilt, shame, self-blame, depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, disconnected or numb.

Physical symptoms may include Insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, fatigue, hyper-vigilance, difficulty concentrating, racing heartbeat, edginess, agitation, aches and pains or muscle tension.

Children and Adults suffering Trauma and PTSD find their attempts to cope may include perfectionism, self-harm, substance abuse, withdrawing from others or attempting suicide. These symptoms also impact on their ability to form or maintain close and satisfying relationships, to work and/or engage in their community. All aspects of life are affected.

One of the treatment modalities Carmel uses is EMDR Therapy. EMDR Therapy is an accelerated treatment and is endorsed as the Gold Standard for the treatment of trauma by the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO).  Carmel provides a safe environment supporting the client through a process of desensitisation from these symptoms and reprocessing their internal experiences of the trauma. Clients gain new insights into themselves, others and the world. Increasing their ability to access their personal strengths and resources, to move forward from feelings of being stuck in the event to enjoying health and confidence and engaging fully with life.

EMDR Therapy is endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society.  It is also effective for anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression, phobias, addictions and dissociation.

Carmel Privitera has worked closely with children and adults who have experienced traumatic events (Trauma and PTSD). These events have left a significant and detrimental impact on their physical and psychological well-being. Traumatic events may include childhood maltreatment, domestic violence, accidents, medical experiences and natural disasters.


The EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and researchers set standards for the clinical use of EMDR therapy for its members. This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.

Click here to visit the EMDRAA website