Psychological Trauma is damage to the psyche as a response to a traumatic event in one’s life. This can involve a single traumatic experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events that completely overwhelm our ability to cope and integrate our ideas and emotions. Symptoms of trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can include nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, panic attacks, alcohol and substance abuse, and avoidance.
What is trauma counselling? We are trained to understand the feelings that arise while re-living painful and difficult memories, and have a breadth and depth of experience working with cognitive-behavioural therapy and cognitive processing therapy for trauma. Aims and objectives for treatment in counselling include helping you process traumatic events in safety and confidence, dealing with the by-product of trauma including nightmares and flashbacks, and relieving accompanying symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and fear.