Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy

Trauma explained

Trauma therapy is effective in overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Trauma can be described as experiencing an event or multiple events which overwhelm your ability to cope. Examples of trauma are the sudden death of a loved one, a distressing experience or humiliating occurrence. Trauma can often be the outcome of physical harm. However, any situation that limits your ability to cope can be traumatic. Some traumatic events are sudden, giving you no time to prepare yourself emotionally. This can leave you feeling powerless to regain control.

There are situations where a traumatic event that happens in your childhood can often be suppressed and problems arise later. Trauma therapy can help you combat these traumatic events and guide you towards regaining control of your emotions.

How to know if you are suffering from PTSD

There are many symptoms that can be ascribed to trauma. These symptoms can be emotional, or physical and can determine the severity of the issues. The most common emotional symptoms are feelings of anxiety and fear in situations that are neither scary or stressful. You may also suffer from mood swings or have difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks. The more common physical symptoms are the inability to sleep or erratic sleeping patterns, including feeling lethargic or fatigue.

If you notice any of these symptoms after an event you or someone you know has suffered, you may be in need of trauma counselling.

Our approach to trauma therapy

Our trauma therapy is based around building a rapport with you. We allow you the opportunity to express your emotions freely to your therapist. We know that showing an accepting nature is vital to helping you overcome negative feelings and to come to terms with grief or trauma.

It is our goal to make sure that you receive the right approach to your trauma counselling. Our objective is that you see yourself as a person who has the power and ability to change your life.

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    A trauma therapy case study

    When Jane was 9, her mother was diagnosed with psychosis. One day, she had locked Jane in a room with her, brandishing knives, saying terrible things about Jane’s father and said that she didn’t love Jane anymore.

    Although her mother said sorry later on, Jane never again believed her when she said “I love you”. Jane said that her sister had suffered much more emotionally from this trauma than she had, and Jane continually felt guilty about her sister’s emotional problems. Jane reported crying while watching a movie that mentioned childhood memories.

    Jane undertook six sessions of Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing EMDR) in an effort to resolve the effect of these experiences. At the end of the treatment, Jane reported no distress when thinking about the original memories. She also felt calmer and safer around her mother and in other everyday social interactions.