Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Are you living with symptoms of PTSD or Complex PTSD CPTSD due to a witnessing or experiencing a stressful or traumatic event, domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, childhood trauma, violent relationship, rape, torture, or other reason?

Or are you in the armed services, an emergency worker, first responder or aid worker who has witnessed an incredibly distressing event?

Have traumatic experiences left you feeling persistently fearful, angry, sad, numb or intensely anxious? There’s a name for this range of emotions: post-traumatic stress or PTSD, a condition that can be treated with appropriate support and time. A journey of recovery is possible.


PTSD is a complex series of emotions, which are often persistent, uncomfortable and founded on anxiety. It typically develops after experiencing one or many traumatic events that threatened your life or safety, or those of people around you.

These events can include serious accidents, natural disasters, crime, war, torture, physical or sexual assault, and other horrifying events.

People in professions such as the military, firefighters, paramedics, emergency workers, police officers and psychologists are particularly vulnerable to this debilitating condition.

It’s estimated that around 10% of Australians experience PTSD at some stage in their lives. People with PTSD can experience other mental health issues at the same time, such as anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use.

Sometimes the feelings dissipate by themselves after talking with family, friends or colleagues. But when these feelings continue and begin to interfere with everyday life, work and relationships, then it’s time to find help, as these kinds of shocking and overwhelming events can be difficult to come to terms with on our own.

Speak with your GP or other trusted and qualified health professional, and attend Quest for Life’s residential Moving Beyond Trauma program or 1-day Living Mindfully workshop.


  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event/s
  • Intrusive memories or nightmares about the traumatic event/s
  • Numbing oneself with alcohol, drugs or busyness
  • Flight or fight behaviours; extreme reactions, angry outbursts, reckless behaviour
  • Avoiding people, places or conversations that might trigger memories
  • Feeling emotionally numb; becoming detached from friends and family
  • Feeling ‘dissociated’; watching life from a distance
  • Feeling jumpy and anxious for no reason
  • Heightened vigilance; looking for or anticipating danger
  • Persistently blaming yourself or others for the traumatic event
  • Extreme distress in response to triggers, such as images, smells, stories
  • Impatience, intolerance, sleeplessness, irritability


  • Call 000 if your life is in danger
  • For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Beyondblue website includes many useful forums and resources


Some effective treatments for PTSD include psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and medication.

It can take time to discover the best treatment for each person, so it’s best to work closely with your GP or other trusted and qualified health professional to find what works for you.


It takes strength and resilience to work through PTSD, and Quest for Life can help through our residential programs and workshops.

  • Our 5-day residential Moving Beyond Trauma program offers an effective and wholistic approach to managing and healing post-trauma suffering in a confidential and safe environment.
  • For organisations, Quest offers culturally sensitive workshops to support the physical, mental health and emotional wellbeing of first responders: First Responder Health & Wellbeing. Programs can be tailored to suit objectives and budget.
  • Our Self-Paced Online CoursesBefriending Anxiety; Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep – provide practical, positive and easy to follow guidance and advice. They encourage and help you to identify and implement strategies to build your resilience, and to incorporate these into your own personal plan for each course.

Quest for Life knows how to help: our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending a program and that this improvement increases over time.


Some of these practices can help you to calm your mind and improve your wellbeing and can be found on our toolkit page:

  • Keys to help you sleep better
  • Meditation practices
  • Trauma recovery workbook
  • Recovering from Trauma video series

Some of Petrea King’s Podcasts may be helpful and can be found on our Podcast page:

  • Sarah Macdonald Nightlife – Petrea King on Post Traumatic Stress
  • Tony Delroy Nightlife – Dealing with Trauma

Quest for Life can help you work through PTSD through our programs Moving Beyond Trauma and Living Mindfully with Post Trauma Symptoms. For program dates, visit Program Schedule.

Fill in the Contact Form below and one of our Program Advisors will be in touch to answer your questions or to ascertain the most appropriate program for your needs.

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.


Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies are available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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