Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress and PTSD

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if you experienced one or more traumatic events in your life, even if the events themselves seem quite small or trivial in themselves.

Am I Suffering Post Traumatic Stress

Consider the following:

  • Do you feel on-edge all the time and that danger is never far away?
  • Has your life has begun to feel small and inflexible?
  • Do you have to stick to a routine to feel safe or stable?
  • Are you are avoiding people/places that may bring back a traumatic memory?
  • Do you find your life is constantly lacking pleasure or enjoyment?
  • Are you accustomed to feeling numb, or nothing?
  • Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others, as though you are watching your life pass?
  • Are you often preparing for the worst?
  • Do you struggle to remove anxious feelings, even when you try to sleep?
  • Do you suffer from nightmares or find that you are easily startled?
  • Do you wonder what it would be like to trust others?
  • Do you crave connecting with people and forming deep relationships, but feel too afraid to get close?
  • Does it feel safer to be alone as you depend solely on yourself?

If you can answer 'yes' to some of these feelings, you may be experiencing PTSD.

It can be tough to handle the aftermath of a traumatic experience, whether you are dealing with one or more than one trauma. Trauma could arise from a single major event such as war, a natural disaster, crash, the death of a loved one or rape. Complex trauma results from an accumulation of events that might have happened over time, such as family dysfunctions, childhood abuse, neglect or abandonment, domestic abuse or any prolonged stress. Complex trauma can be harder to recognise as there might be no obvious cause, but both can affect you in similar ways.

PTSD Counselling has been proven to be effective, whether your trauma arises from a single event or the cumulative effect of long-term stress.

Counselling Therapy for PTSD

Therapy for PTSD can help you relax so that you can begin to open up to life. I understand the emotional pain trauma can cause, and I am here to help you recover from whatever you have been through, whether it is single or complex trauma

Trauma, of any kind, can steal the vitality from your life. I know how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help, and I am glad you are considering this brave step. Life does not have to remain a constant struggle: it is possible to gain a sense of safety in the midst of intense emotions.

What Happens During Counselling Therapy for PTSD?

I will provide you with a safe and accepting environment where you can share openly and honestly, without any fear of judgment. I will help you understand how PTSD develops and how it perpetuates. I will show you new ways to help you manage your anxiety responses. We may use things such as mindfulness techniques or creative expression, whatever works best for you. In acquiring these valuable skills, you can learn to manage and respond to stress in a more healthy way.

Any work we do will be unique to you, and we will collaborate to find the most effective approach for you. We will consider both the body and mind, to help you develop the ability to listen to your body and to understand what is a real threat and what is past trauma. Over time, as your anxiety reduces, your confidence and resilience will increase so that you can get through the challenges life brings. This process will help you develop more inner peace and freedom to grow, without the constraints of PTSD.

Will I Have to Re-live My Trauma to Heal?

My priority is to keep you safe during a session, and I have had substantial training and experience to enable me to do that. I will never push you to do anything that you to do not want to do or to say anything you're not ready to say.

Some individuals need to revisit the traumatic event to heal, which can involve re-telling the story and find new ways to process it. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes clients just needed a place they can feel safe and accepted in a relationship. Other times, healing may come through bringing a new awareness to the thoughts or emotions that are keeping you stuck. Every person is different, and I will work with you, and follow your cues, to deliver the counselling you need.

Will Therapy Help Me Improve My Personal Relationships?

It is important that your therapist is someone with whom you can build trust. In that trusting relationship, you can begin to consider different ways of communicating with others, how to communicate your needs and hear the needs of others. More fulfilling and trusting relationships are the likely result.

Counselling Therapy for PTSD is Difficult. Will It Be Worth It?

You might be wondering if counselling for PTSD will break you. Many people feel frightened at the thought of working through their trauma. We will not go at a pace that is too fast for you or out of your control. I will endeavour to follow your explicit and implicit cues. Most people have said they made a lot of progress and that it was worth it in the end.

Where To Go From Here

The best thing might be to contact me by phone (07833 694 357), email or text, to discuss your needs and, possibly, make an initial appointment. Making that first appointment doesn't commit you to therapy, and I would not charge you if you did not want to continue, for any reason