Traumatic events can be anything from a road accident, to childhood abuse, to domestic violence, to witnessing a violent attack, etc. The trauma may be a one-off event or prolonged periods of traumatic events – as with some child abuse or living through violent conflict. Panic attacks can also traumatise as they can seem life-threatening at the time. Bullying – whether in the playground or in the workplace can be deeply traumatising and frequently leads to trauma-related mental health issues.
Whatever the cause – the experience is one of extreme fear, helplessness or threat to personal integrity.
Whether the consequence is a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or whether it is a sub-threshold trauma, there can be severe long-term mental health issues.
Whenever a sight, sound, smell, taste or feeling unconsciously pattern matches with the original traumatic event, the original intense emotions can be triggered e.g. someone who survived a horrific motorway crash who experiences extreme panic every time they hear tyres squealing or the smell of petrol.
As a Psychotherapist specialising in trauma I can:
- Help you understand how traumatic events are processed and how traumatic memories are stored in our brain
- Remove the intense emotion from the traumatic memory, using an effective “rewind” technique so that it no longer is being retriggered
- Help you to set goals and take the first steps to rebuilding your life
- Provide counselling for paramedics and other emergency service front-line staff