Traumatic experiences challenge people's feelings of security and wellbeing; they can overwhelm our emotions, dominate our thoughts, and undermine our confidence in our ability to cope. Our reactions to trauma may seem unusual and disturbing, but they are often normal responses to abnormal events.
Various techniques and treatments can be used to help with trauma. Strategies that are suitable for your unique personality, situation or experience can help in various ways, such as:
Reconnecting with a feeling of safety and trust
Feeling able to move forward
Re-engaging with life
Experiencing inner calm and joy
Whether the traumatic events occurred in childhood or more recently, the impact of these experiences is not something we are usually taught how to resolve. However, people can learn how to cope and manage the impact and symptoms of trauma. For example, this may involve learning to calm ourselves when we experience anxiety, or accessing resources and support when we experience depression or sadness.
In addition to using helpful strategies to manage the symptoms, trauma counselling focuses on resolution of the original emotions, thus establishing a sense of safety.
When undergoing trauma counselling, re-telling the story of the events may feel like reliving the event, and feel like more than we can cope with. However, this apprehension is understandable, and you can work through the issues at a pace that feels comfortable and safe for you.
Specialised counselling techniques, help to identify and work through the emotions you may have internalised from the traumatic event, and help you to reconnect with life and relationships in a healthy way.
An overall approach rather than a specific therapeutic technique, trauma-informed counselling involves providing a safe therapeutic environment, a gentle longer-term approach to therapy, and a focus on strengths and resiliency.
It is important to find the best trauma counsellor for your needs. I have over 17 years experience as a counsellor, and have completed specialised training in trauma counselling. For more information on my approach please view my Counselling Methods. You can also contact me, or book an appointment to discuss further.