Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing creates change you do choose – Michele Rosenthal
What is psychological trauma? Does counselling help?
Trauma happens when a person experiences a distressing event which was not anticipated. Each of us will react differently to trauma depending on our experiences and the type of event itself.
Following a traumatic event, your brain responses may become heightened and everyday routines can be difficult to contend with. It can be challenging to return to normal and hard to know what to do with yourself.
Counselling after trauma helps you to heal, as often, you can feel numb and disconnected from others which may lead to deep feelings of anguish and isolation.
What are the causes of trauma?
There are many different reasons why trauma occurs, some are highlighted below. Each can be experienced with differing levels of suffering depending on the individual.
Refers to emotional, physical, sexual or verbal abuse which can be a single event or a recurring form of abuse. If the sufferer feels violated in some way, then this can be considered abuse and is a traumatic experience.
This could be a road traffic accident, accidentally harming another person or a fall. You do not have to be physically harmed yourself in an accident to experience trauma, so being a witness could affect you psychologically too.
When someone close to you dies, whether suddenly or after illness, it can have an intensely traumatic effect on you where you are full of grief and feel a deep loss.
Related to man-made events such as bombings and war or natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes. Involvement in these events may test our mortality and induce traumatic responses.
A life changing injury such as limb amputation may produce a traumatic response. A person may need emotional support in order to come to terms with their loss and new disability.
A diagnosis of a terminal illness can often produce traumatic symptoms. This affects us deeply, whether you have been diagnosed yourself or a person close to you.
Psychological trauma can be triggered when you experience physical violence. Furthermore, this can happen if you are threatened with violence or witness a violent act.
Build trust after trauma
I offer a safe and secure environment where I use our counselling relationship to build trust. Such distressing experiences can destroy your assumptions of trust, so it is important that I encourage a trusting environment for you to feel able to discuss your problems.
Space for healing
As an experienced counsellor, I allow you the space to talk openly about how you feel about the traumatic event(s). I attentively listen to your disturbing experiences and how they are for you, whilst providing acceptance and understanding which can help you to heal. Furthermore, as your therapist, I help you to process and evaluate your thoughts and feelings about the trauma you have experienced. This aids your recovery and enables you to come to terms with what has happened to you.
Traumatised people may find using writing, art, poetry or stones as a helpful way to experience their difficult feelings without them becoming overwhelmed. If you would like to work creatively, please feel free to mention this in our initial discussions.
Sessions are available for counselling in Stratford-Upon-Avon and Leamington Spa.
Contact me today
Call me and we can have a chat where you can find out more about how counselling can help you following a traumatic event.
For details of helplines and website details of useful organisations, please see the resources page.