Trauma

Trauma

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event.

A traumatic event involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event that completely overwhelms our ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience.

The sense of being overwhelmed can be delayed by weeks, years or even decades, as we struggle to cope with the immediate circumstances. Traumatizing experiences shake the foundations of our beliefs about safety, and shatter our assumptions of trust. They can change the way we feel about the world and our place in it.

Because they are so far outside what we would expect, these events provoke reactions that feel strange and "crazy". Even though these reactions are unusual and disturbing, they are typical and expectable. By and large, these are normal responses to abnormal events.
Hurt, or trauma, to us, as people can occur when we experience physical and emotional reactions to events, such as sudden death, injury, loss and shock. We internalise the painful experience and do not know how to release the emotions, so that we can process what has happened, and carry on with our lives. Examples of experiences that might cause trauma are; the sudden or violent death of a loved one; a diagnosis of life threatening illness ; being involved in an accident ; divorce or separation.

Trauma is mental and physical reaction to human experience and when it becomes difficult and problematic and we cannot deal with the mental and physical ‘fall out’, it can manifest in emotional and physical symptoms. This could be feelings of anxiety, inability to think clearly, being unable to sleep, feeling depressed, and a loss of interest in eating/taking care of yourself. Someone experiencing trauma could feel angry, irritated with others, feel like life has no meaning for them, alone and lost. Someone experiencing trauma could feel vulnerable, have a desire to withdraw from others, feel guilt, shame or self-blame.

Understanding how a traumatic experience or event can impact us is an important step to recovery. Understanding that what is happening to us emotionally and physically is a response that our body is making to what is happening, is the first step to being able to work with and reconcile how we are feeling. Counselling can help understand what is going on, to make sense of emotions and feelings that are difficult to bear and move towards a place of peace and recovery.

Fees for 2016/17

  • Initial assessment - £35
    Face to Face individual counselling - £45
    Telephone counselling - £35
    Concessions - £35
  • Sessions can be booked within business hours, as well as selected evenings and Saturday appointments. All sessions last for 50 minutes.
  • Cancellation Policy
    If you need to cancel an appointment, 24 hours notice is required. If you are unable to provide this notice then the session will be charged in full.