Trauma can be emotional and psychological and be the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security and make you feel helpless and vulnerable. Trauma can be caused by a one-off event such as a violent attack, bad accident or a natural disaster. Or it can result from ongoing relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighbourhood or struggling with major health issues.
Typical reactions to a traumatic event include:
Anger and irritability
Feelings of sadness and despair
Isolation & hopelessness
If the symptoms after a traumatic event are ongoing and severe, it can be described as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) but its important to note that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD.
How can counselling help me?
Counselling gives the opportunity to discuss feelings and concerns. It helps the person to become more aware of their thoughts surrounding their trauma and put a plan in place to understand and react to triggers in a healthier way.
Everyone's experience and reaction to therapy is different, so we tailor a plan which will be specific and personable to each client.