light-cave traumaMost people will experience traumatic events in their lives at some stage, whether it be a natural disaster (flood, earthquake etc), assault, or witnessing or being involved in an accident, death or serious injury.

Afterwards, some individuals will experience anxiety and depression, often related to triggers that remind them of the traumatic event. This is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It can take time and support from those closest to them, for an individual to recover from their experience and return to life as usual.

Some people don’t recover as easily, and after some weeks are still unable to sleep, having flashbacks/nightmares, experiencing a pounding heart, feeling disconnected from their family and friends, and having trouble going near the place where the traumatic event occurred. If an individual is visibly distressed some weeks after the event, then seeking professional counselling support is important.

Therapy for trauma has been found to be very effective. Counselling for trauma usually involves:

  • Emotional support for current distress;
  • Problem solving around immediate issues like returning to work, childcare or other social roles;
  • Self care by eating a healthy diet, exercising in moderation, and improving sleep habits;
  • Talking through the traumatic event/s as it happened;
  • Labelling emotions that are caused by the event eg fear, guilt, anger, grief, etc;
  • Education around why the events were traumatic;
  • Talking about how your personal views of the world were changed by the trauma;
  • Learning about anxiety and depressive symptoms;
  • Coping in more effective ways;
  • Improving social support and learning to ask for support from others.

One of the most important parts of counselling for trauma is feeling understood and accepted by your counsellor.  If you feel confident to talk about the event and that your counsellor is on the same page as you, then this very important.  Talking about the trauma will help you to process the event and understand why they affected you deeply.

Our highly qualified and experienced team of therapists are passionate about helping people who have experienced trauma; we have a number of psychologists and counsellors able to help you with specific needs.

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