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Trauma Therapy and Counselling

Emotional trauma may occur at any age in our lives. It usually involves exposure to one or more very distressing events that trigger difficult to process emotions and wound our inner world.

Such distressing events may include sexual abuse, physical or verbal assault and harassment, emotional and physical neglect, witnessing violence and accidents, natural disasters, serious illness or the loss of our loved ones. 

In many cases and especially when trauma occurs at a young age, we develop defence mechanisms to be able to cope against unbearable feelings. Sometimes, although these defence mechanisms served their purpose back then, they might lead to mental health issues in later years. 

Counselling and psychotherapy offer a safe space to gradually start processing traumatic events, memories and feelings as well as identifying behaviour and thought patterns that might be deeply rooted in past emotional trauma.
 

Here are some common post-traumatic signs:​

  • Intrusive memories or flashbacks

  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping

  • Severe anxiety, panic attacks or PTSD

  • Hypervigilance or being easily startled

  • Avoidance of places, people, or activities that remind of the trauma 

  • Emotional numbness or detachment from others

  • Irritability or angry outbursts

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, or other unexplained pains

  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or self-blame

  • Depression or persistent sadness

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

To seek support for emotional trauma, please get in touch or book a free phone consultation.

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