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Psychological Trauma

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..

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