“once an experience is fully in awareness, fully accepted, then it can be coped with effectively, like any other clear reality.”
― Carl R. Rogers
Trauma usually impacts an individual’s mental and emotional stability, following a distressing or life-threatening event. Trauma is a normal reaction to an extraordinary event or series of events and people often experience shock or denial which can fade naturally with time. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition when the natural recovery from trauma is arrested or delayed. With PTSD, you often relive the event through nightmares and flashbacks. You may have problems concentrating and sleeping and feel isolated and detached.
While many sources of trauma are physically violent in nature, others are psychological and often incidents that seem small at the time can have a huge impact. Childhood neglect, parental difficulties, problems at school, fertility or financial issues to name but a few can also illicit a trauma response.
We often try to push these feelings away in order to move on with our lives but unprocessed emotions can leave us with fear, anger, guilt, shame, feelings of helplessness and vulnerability. We may have ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, trouble with personal and professional relationships, and issues with low self-esteem.
Therapy can be helpful to allow the space to process the trauma and restore emotional well-being . Working with a therapist can help you understand and better manage your responses, allowing you to sleep better, practice self-care and allow yourself to heal.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental space where we can carefully explore your feelings and responses at your own pace, and we can look at your current difficulties and how they may have been informed by past events.