Trauma follow a significant event or traumatic experience such as: witnessing or being involved in some kind of threat or attack, violence, physical or emotional abuse, childhood neglect, bullying, war, conflicts, accidents or injuries. Symptoms of trauma can also arise from any kind of negative experience, like feeling embarrassed, ashamed, frightened, rejected, betrayed or neglected. Essentially trauma is a result of an experience that threatens our personal sense of safety, security or survival. It is described as a normal reaction to abnormal or unusual events or experiences.
Trauma Counselling involves the processing of related memories and feelings. This involves learning and developing ways to dissolve the strong surge of physiological responses that can be triggered by traumatic memories. Throughout the healing process of trauma Counselling, many people identify with feeling more able to cope and deal with strong and previously overwhelming emotions also an increased sense of trust, both in themselves and in others.
Trauma can be experienced at any time or from any situation where you feel overwhelmed, scared or shocked. Earlier life events can leave some people more susceptible to experiencing trauma. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed and despondent, often the following are experienced
People bring a wide variety of issues to therapy and I have listed some of the most commonly experienced issues here. This list does not cover everything though, so please contact me if you want to talk about something else and we can discuss it.
I have special interests in the areas of trauma in it’s various forms, bereavement and loss and working with the emergency services and armed forces.
Usually people feel relieved once they have made a start with Counselling, and often tell me at the end of their sessions that they wish they had spoken to someone sooner.