“Every time my pager went off, I felt like vomiting.”
In this episode, clinical psychologist Professor Mark Creamer sits down with former client and volunteer firefighter, Alex, and his partner Lyn, to reflect on Alex’s experience and clinical treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Tune in to hear the couple’s journey through and beyond the cumulative impacts of Alex’s role as a Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer firefighter, attending bushfires – including the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires – car accidents, house and factory fires over his 20 years of service.
In sharing their powerful and personal story, Alex and Lyn highlight what helped and hindered their progress before, during and after seeking treatment, while Mark reflects on the challenges and opportunities that presented while treating Alex’s PTSD.
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Professor Mark Creamer is a clinical and consulting psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in the field of post-traumatic mental health.
Mark is internationally recognised for his work in the field and provides policy advice, training and research consultancy to government and non-government organisations, with the aim of improving the recognition, prevention and treatment of psychological problems following stressful life events.
Mark is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and has an impressive research record with over 180 publications.
Mark is an accomplished speaker and has given numerous presentations (by invitation) at national and international conferences.
Alex and Lyn have been married 30 years and have lived in the UK, Queensland and regional Victoria.
Alex has been a volunteer firefighter with the CFA for around 20 years. He is a civil engineer while Lyn works in communications.
They both really love the country lifestyle and being part of a caring community.
Having attended many traumatic events over the years, the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Black Saturday fires was a turning point for Alex.
He was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD and received successful treatment from Professor Mark Creamer.
Lyn has unique insight regarding living with a partner with PTSD, and both hope their story can help others that may be impacted by trauma.
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