Trauma

Devastating past experience can leave people suffering from trauma. Trauma may be caused by a vast number of different events. These include anything from sexual, physical, emotional or verbal abuse to experience involving natural disasters or war. This very serious condition may be incredibly difficult to deal with alone. Therapy is a safe and effective method of treating trauma. I will help you to understand your own thoughts, and allow you to more clearly see how the past has affected you. I will give you the power to control your present day life and leave the past behind.

My field of work has given me the opportunity to meet all kinds of different people, who have had various experiences and life events which have led to emotional difficulties. My experience will help me to understand your past history, and help you to move forward from events which are invasive to your present emotional condition.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very severe anxiety disorder which can occur after the experience of a traumatic event. Many victims of PTSD have been through violently traumatic ordeals, which are frequently life-threatening. Examples of these may include exposure to violence and death in war and natural disasters, mistreatment, for example as a prisoner of war, experience in suffering torture, neglect or abuse or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Typically, the victim of PTSD will have had first-hand experience of the traumatic event triggering this anxiety disorder, but not in all cases; it can be that hearing of these ordeals in relation to a loved one can trigger this response. PTSD can be immediate or delayed, possibly even half a year after the event.

The symptoms which persist with PTSD are persistent and emotionally draining. Detailed nightmares and flash-backs in the daytime forcing victims to relive the traumatic event mean that they may feel unable to escape the incident. The events can be re-lived in a highly realistic manner.

Hyper-vigilance is a further symptom of PTSD. This means that sufferers may be high-strung and nervous, alert, as though expectant of danger.

Victims of PTSD may also try to hide their emotions and experiences, preferring never to talk about or be reminded of the event, possibly leading to withdrawal. They may spend all of their time keeping busy, so their mind has no time to wander or remember the events. PTSD is not always identified as quickly as it should be, partly due to how difficult it is to discuss such traumatic experiences.

Physical problems, such as headaches, may also be caused by PTSD. Some sufferers may turn to alcohol or drugs to help them disguise their suffering. This may feel like a way of coping, but will lead to more problems. Dealing with PTSD alone is a harrowing experience in itself.

Therapy, for example, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eclectic Therapy, will allow you to come to terms with the traumatic event you have experienced, and have control over how often you think about this event. I can help you to perceive the event differently, without having to relive the pain of it every time you access the memory. The event can never be removed, but I can help you to move forward and prevent it from having such an impact on your future.