Trauma

Trauma impacts differently on each individual and it might be helpful to reflect on how it has affected you.  


Trauma is a psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing.


Trauma can consist of a single event or multiple and repeated traumatic events over a prolonged period of time, which can involve multiple violations such as sexual assaults, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect.  


The impact of trauma will vary from person to person and depend on the type of trauma, your age, the frequency and duration of the trauma event.  However what is common to all is the physical and psychological reactions to trauma which serve to protect you. 

Utilising a trauma informed practice model to facilitate recovery and post traumatic growth, and working relationally and collaboratively with clients, I seek to:

  • Offer a trusting therapeutic space where you feel comfortable and safe

  • Understand the long term effects of trauma and how this impacts on their  internal self, relationships  and life functioning

  • Explore the impact on sexuality and  identity

  • Explore reflective capacity to process trauma event/experience

  • Explore and understand shame responses to trauma (guilt, self-blame)

  • Seek to explore any predictors for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) such as flashbacks and nightmares

  • Understand coping and self-medicating strategies 

  • Explore underlying well-being  and mental health issues such as  anxiety/depression/obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Understand how trauma reactions can impact the  body, mind and brain – reviewing the emotional immune system: sensory, somatic, behavioural affective states including the physiological and biological

  • Understand how the physical and psychological reactions to trauma which serve to protect you.  

  • Increase your window of tolerance and coping strategies 

  • Build resilience, self-compassion, self-forgiveness and authentic pride