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Counselling and Psychotherapy for Trauma

What is trauma?

A trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Psychological trauma can be evoked by many different incidents such as witnessing an atrocity, being a victim of natural disaster, sexual assault or an automobile accident, for example. The word trauma can also be used to describe the on-going emotional repercussions following a major physical injury. Other kinds of trauma could be a near death experience or a threat to your physical safety or to others dear to you. Traumatic experiences are usually frightening and overwhelming and lead to a painful sense of loss of control and helplessness.

Emotional symptoms of trauma:

  • Shock
  • Denial or numbness
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Hopelessness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Reduced motivation
  • Sleep difficulties
Physical symptoms of trauma:

  • Heart palpations
  • Aches and pains
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Agitation

How can counselling & psychotherapy help me with trauma?

Trauma and PTSD (link to PTSD page) can be significantly reduced with counselling and at Fresh Mind Therapy we treat the symptoms of shock with an effective set of techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cognitive-behavioural-therapy/pages/introduction.aspx). CBT aims to reduce the very high levels of emotional arousal associated with the event by safely processing traumatic images and helping you gain control of your distress. Therapy sessions need only be short-term and will help you to:

  • Process the traumatic event(s) in a safe and confidential environment
  • Develop a more nurturing perspective on the event and the skills to manage symptoms including anxiety and irritability
  • Identify and challenge negative beliefs and unhelpful behaviours stemming from the trauma
  • Develop long-term coping skills to prevent further trauma symptoms

If you have suffered a trauma or would like to speak to one of our therapists, get in touch now