It is not uncommon to have experienced a traumatic event at some point in our lives e.g. a car accident or sudden loss of a loved one. However, some people have experienced a number of traumatic events, often during childhood. This includes forms of abuse (emotional, physical, psychological or sexual) or neglect. Although people recover from these events, the effects of traumatic events can have a long and lasting impact.
Trauma refers to an overwhelming level of stress created through particularly distressing, challenging, or painful experiences. When these experiences exceed our ability to manage or cope then unresolved trauma can occur. This trauma is often held in the body and can impact your sense of self, relationships, and even your work.
Because of the painful nature of trauma, and the need for us to cope, memories can remain relatively hidden. Then, often years later, something can happen that reminds us of our past experiences and we can start to feel increasingly overwhelmed, anxious, confused or numb.
Symptoms of trauma:
If you have experienced traumatic events or think you have unresolved trauma then it is likely you will experience some of the following symptoms:
I offer an integrated approach when working with trauma which is underpinned by gestalt therapy, neuroscience, sensorimotor theory, and mindfulness. Having completed a post graduate diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practices I have specialist knowledge and skills in helping people address unresolved trauma.
As a trauma therapist, my overall goal is to help you gain control over, and reduce, disturbing symptoms. I can help you to re-establish a healthy relationship with yourself and start to become more connected with your life.
During the early stages of trauma therapy I can support you to gain a sense of safety and stability. I will help you to develop strategies and build on wider sources of support. You will learn how to regulate your emotions and manage unhelpful and distressing symptoms. I can also assist you in developing and strengthening skills for managing difficult memories, and gradually help you make sense of what happened.
We can also address the common issues of powerlessness, shame, guilt, and distrust that tend to be present with unresolved trauma. The most important focus of the therapy is to help you establish a solid foundation of safety, stability and self-regulation so that you can live a more fulfilling life.
I offer the opportunity to work on the phone or online through secure platforms such as Skype or Zoom. This is a great option if you are limited by travel, work scheduling or child care issues. Please contact me for more details.