Healing from trauma is possible. Therapy focuses on providing a toolkit of strategies to manage the impact of trauma, helping you to create a life filled with resilience, self-discovery, and the possibility of a brighter future. Get in touch to find out how I can help you come to terms with trauma and enjoy life again.

Symptoms of trauma

Therapy for trauma can help people in many different circumstances because trauma includes a wide range of experiences. Most people think of trauma as something extreme, like being involved in war, rape, serious car accidents, abuse, robbery, muggings or natural disasters. And this is certainly part of it.

But it can also include any scary or upsetting event, such as a humiliating experience, a nasty argument or relationship breakup, a disaster at work, a spider falling on your head and making you jump, or receiving really bad news. Childhood experiences such as bullying, family violence or neglect, or feeling unwanted and unloved, can also lead to trauma. Sometimes hearing about people experiencing this type of event can be enough to make you react to them, for example, watching a film about an earthquake or terrorist events on the TV news.

This free download will show you how stress and trauma (which are closely linked) affect your body and why you have the symptoms you do.

Just about everyone who experiences a trauma reacts to it by becoming more anxious, worried or scared, at least for a while. These emotions usually fade with time but, for some people, this doesn’t happen.  They continue to feel as if they (or others around them) are in danger. Or that their stress or anxiety is out of control. They may experience nightmares or flashbacks to the traumatic event. Anything that reminds them of the trauma is likely to create very high levels of anxiety. They may start to feel guilty or stop doing things they used to enjoy. Some people seem to get over the event at first, but the feelings return later.

Your reaction to trauma can sometimes turn into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The main difference between PTSD and trauma is how severe and long-lasting your symptoms are, and PTSD is more likely to develop if you try to avoid reminders of the trauma. A doctor is the best person to advise if you think you may have PTSD.

Trauma therapy

When you see me for therapy for trauma, we’ll have a number of goals. These will include coping better with your experiences, processing your emotions and memories, and releasing sadness, grief or guilt. You will learn to respond differently, gain control, and improve your sleep, confidence, self-esteem, and resilience.

Therapy is likely to involve a combination of approaches, such as coaching, NLP, EMDR/Blast technique, stress management, and perhaps hypnotherapy. The best approach will depend on you and your circumstances. I am happy to offer advice with no pressure to begin therapy – you can book a free Discovery session either on Zoom or by phone to ask questions about how I can help.