Break Free of the Pain of Trauma
- Are you stuck in the pain of past traumatic event and want to learn to live again for today, so you can look forward to tomorrow?
- Do you feel anxious or depressed as a result of being abused – emotionally, physically or sexually?
- Are you an adult survivor of family scapegoating or bullying?
- Were you abused or neglected as a child, and struggle to recover your self worth and identity as an adult?
Trauma & Recovery
Trauma occurs when there has been an extreme shock to the mind and/or body. This shock can be a single incident, such as a car accident, a series of traumatic experiences over a life time, or an abusive childhood. Traumatic experiences can cause psychological problems such as chronic fear, panic, insomnia, anger, depression, feeling ‘spaced out’ or numb, and physical pain. Trauma also negatively impacts relationships.
A normal response to trauma involves making sense of the trauma, working through your emotions, and gradually coming out of the shock. Trauma turns into post traumatic stress (PTSD) if you remain stuck in psychological shock. Post traumatic ‘re-enactment’ occurs when a person experiences frightening emotions, memories, dreams or sensations from the past, in the present moment.
Shock reactions can be physical – such as your heart pounding or nausea; emotional – such as feeling intense fear or anxiety; or in your thoughts or memories – such as flashing back in your mind to the traumatic incident and feeling like you are living it all over again. Traumatic re-enactment can occur while dreaming or awake. It’s a disorienting and scary experience that can cause a person to believe that they can’t cope and may not ever recover.
A major problem with traumatic shock is that it becomes ‘locked’ in both the body and mind, where it remains unhealed. When this happens, the traumatized person either feels like they are re-experiencing frightening emotions, sensations and memories from the past, shuts down emotionally, or goes back and forth between both states. In this situation, your mind can’t tell the difference between the past – when the trauma occurred, and the present – when the threat is over. So trauma can cause the sufferer to feel like the original trauma – such as an accident, assault or abuse – is happening in the present moment, long after the trauma has ended. This causes serious disruptions to a person’s ability to feel in control of their emotions and life, and keeps the sufferer stuck in reliving the pain.
If you are suffering from trauma you know how overwhelming or hopeless it can feel. The good news is that you don’t have to stay trapped in the pain. Trauma therapy can help you recover and regain control of your life. Counselling to overcome trauma combines talk therapy with physical relaxation and anxiety reduction strategies. Therapy also focuses on developing skills to calm and regulate your emotions, and retrain the brain so it stops responding traumatically in the present moment.
Trauma Counselling Can Help You:
- Feel less anxious, fearful or depressed
- Eliminate intrusive memories or nightmares
- Feel more confident about your ability to stay grounded in the present moment, and less numb, ‘spaced out’ or dissociative
- Get off the emotional roller coaster and recover your peace of mind
- Reconnect with feelings of optimism and hope
- Overcome ‘Survivor Guilt’
- Deal with grief and loss associated with emotional hurt and/or physical injury
- Cope with changes in family dynamics and challenges in friendships
- Rebuild relationships that have been harmed by the trauma
With the right help, you can heal and enjoy life again.