I am a Trauma-Informed Therapist, which means that I have had extensive specific training around the experiences, behaviours and needs that are often present in the survivors of trauma and overwhelming life experiences. I am trained in a variety of techniques which will help you work through trauma in a safe and healing way.
The world that we live in means that many people are exposed to trauma. Emotional and psychological trauma is when a frightening, stressful or catastrophic event or series of events take place which impact the way you lead your life. Trauma can affect your everyday ability to function and carry out what used to be simple tasks and enjoyable activities. You may find yourself feeling anxious or unable to sleep. You may feel numb. You may have become snappy and short tempered. You may experience flashbacks and find yourself reliving the trauma again and again.
Trauma might be a single event, which may result in a diagnosis of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or it may be months or years of bullying or abuse, which may result in a diagnosis of C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Trauma is unique from person to person and you don't have to have a diagnosis to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (I try not to use the word 'disorder').
With normal, everyday occurences, your brain processes and digests the events, integrating them with the rest of your memories. Traumatic memories remain unprocessed and continue to go round, on a loop, undigested. You might experience flashbacks or brain fog. You might find it difficult to carry out certain activities, go to places you used to love or interact with people in the same way that you used to. Your brain continually pulls you back to the trauma, and it can feel as though you are still in the situation, no matter how long ago it took place.
Therapy can help enormously with trauma. It can help you to talk things through with a trained, experienced Trauma-Informed Therapist in a safe, neutral environment and there are specific therapeutic techniques which can help you reduce the affects of the trauma. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a highly effective and recognised way of treating PTSD and C-PTSD and coupled with other therapeutic modalities, such as Hypnosis, Counselling or Psychotherapy, can help clients significantly reduce the affects of trauma and move forwards with their lives in a way that is fulfilling and symptom-free.
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