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Working With Trauma

Trauma Therapy works on a phased approach to develop post traumatic growth. This is a theory that explains a kind of transformation following trauma. It allows people to develop a better understanding of themselves and the world around them, their worth and contribution to the their lives and those around them and a more positive future.

Using the right approaches, techniques and processes suitable for you and your goals, and at a pace that works for you.  Trauma is often accompanied by feelings of depression and anxiety so I also have professional training in both anxiety disorders and mood disorders... this is 

I specialise in working with those who have experienced a traumatic event.  All of us at some point in our lives will unfortunately be faced with an experience such as this whilst others have been subjected to ongoing or multiple experiences.  Fortunately the majority of us are able to recover after some time but sometimes recovery is prevented due to the development of anxiety, depression or intrusive thoughts and images to name just a few, or sometimes it’s that straw that broke the camel’s back.  Sometimes we are unaware of our traumatic experience, to us it was normal and part of our own way of life, or it could be everyone did the best they could but some hard times were fell upon. 

I can offer extensively in traumatology, post traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, and borderline personality disorder also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder.  Many of the diagnostic terms are misunderstood, these diagnosis do not label us or tell us who we are but instead inform us that something happened to that person, causing some consequential symptoms that distress us and it would be nice to feel better, to not be reminded all the time, to not worry about going out, what people think or did I do that right.  It would be nice to not feel so angry or fearful all the time, or react when we didn’t mean to.

Please take a look at the different booklets at the bottom of this page for further information on PTSD and the normal reactions and symptoms we can experience.  These are available to you in PDF format to download.

Trauma explained.....

What is Trauma

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless or perhaps that you are in a dangerous world. A traumatic event is very personal and subjective but we can recognise events which are likely to result in traumatic responses.

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following an event that threatens your safety, integrity or makes you feel helpless or afraid. Most people associate PTSD with rape and battle-scarred soldiers but any event (or series of events) that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.

 

Not all people experiencing acute stress disorder will go on to develop PTSD.

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What Does PTSD Feel Like?

Not everyone knows what you may have experienced in your past so some of the “signs” may seem out of character. You may also have many questions, like “What is happening to me.” “Why now?”  Or you may make statements to yourself like “It is not going to get to me” or “I am stronger than this”.

 

PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the signs of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear. Experiencing PTSD signs does not mean you fit the full criteria for PTSD however; the process would still be the same to help with some of the ways you are feeling and experiencing your world.

There are psychological trauma focused therapies available which will provide you with the necessary support and guidance.

Finding Relief After Trauma

I have taken many years to specialise in helping people back to their lives after trauma and I can tell you that relief can be found by enabling you to understand the simple neuroscience behind our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and sometimes physical expressions we have. 

A diagnosis is not essential as I work with what you present to me and only this, I am not here to judge you or label you, I am only here to understand what has happened in your world, how this may have impacted on your view of yourself, your world and the people who surround you.  If you are experiencing any of the signs of post traumatic stress, then I will be able to help you find yourself in the world again, however that looks and feels right to you.

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