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Trauma & Stress

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you

Maya Angelou

Trauma & Stress:

The majority of clients who seek my help experience various degrees of stress from overwhelming past experiences that still impact on them even though the event has passed. These type of problems are often addressed as trauma, which may sound like a big word, but all it means is literally “wound“. As with physical wounds there can be small and big ones. While small wounds can be patched up easily, the big ones can become resistant to heal and keep hurting.

What to Expect:

Clients with a trauma history often tell me they feel as if they have “no control” over their lives, a lost sense of “safety” and haunted by (conscious or unconscious) memories of the past. In therapy, I work with you to find your internal, embodied and relational resources to regain a sense of safety.

Relational Contemporary Trauma Practice

My approach to trauma therapy is grounded in relational contemporary trauma practice and mindfulness which I acquired through specialist training, ongoing continuous professional development and my clinical practice. My aim is to work alongside you, as I am a firm believer that you are the expert of your experience and that we can collaboratively work together to develop the support you need for your healing journey.

Adjusting to Changed Field Conditions

The impact of trauma can be so devastating that our minds re-visit the incident over and over again. It is common that trauma survivors sometimes switch off as if they don’t exist or enter dreamlike states. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may feel frightened. These types of responses are very common to adverse life experiences. Psychotherapy can help you to re-adjust to life after difficult events.

Reconnecting with Self and Others

Feelings of shame (e.g. “I am bad” – where the self is perceived problematic) and guilt (e.g. “I did something bad” – where action or behaviour is perceived problematic) are very common in people who experienced trauma, in particular when responses cannot be controlled and stress levels are overwhelming. Shame and guilt can often lead to disconnection and isolation. Psychotherapy can help to explore these feelings safely and find healthy ways of reconnecting with self and others.


 

If you need more information about counselling & psychotherapy, I am happy to discuss any questions you may have over the phone.

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