What is Trauma?

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions experienced.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are usually emotional and psychological and may include some of the following:

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief.
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating.
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings.
  • Anxiety and fear.
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame.
  • Withdrawing from others.
  • Feeling sad or hopeless.
  • Feeling disconnected or numb.
  • Unpredictable emotions
  • Flashbacks
  • Strained relationships
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

What would be considered Trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the persons mental and emotional stability. While many such events are physically violent in nature, others are psychological. Often shock and/or denial can follow a traumatic event.

Many of us think that trauma only happens because of ‘big’ events and so we do not consider that we might be suffering from trauma.  However, trauma can come from other situation such as  bereavement, divorce or illness.

What happens following a traumatic event?

How we deal with the aftermath of a traumatic event is important.  If we are in a place where we can process and deal with what has happened, then we may not suffer long term effects.  However, for many of us, after care is insufficient and there is often not enough information available to help us.  We tend to get ‘stuck’ in the traumatic event itself and this can cause us a whole raft of the symptoms above.

I think that I’m suffering from Trauma – what can I do?

In the first instance consult your doctor who may prescribe medication to help with the symptoms in the short-term.  If however, you continue to have long term issues then you may need to seek emotional and psychological help.

How can I help you?

If you decide to seek therapy, I will show you techniques to help you manage your feelings and reduce your emotional response.  These include breathing exercises, MindfulnessEFT or Tapping and Hypnotherapy. These techniques are great tools which you can use independently for the rest of your life.

We can also process the memories by including elements of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing.  Once the memories are processed we can deal with any remaining symptoms.

These are all compassionate treatments; whilst helping you come to terms with your experiences we can minimise any re-traumatisation.