Trauma results when individuals experience excessive stress that overwhelms their emotional or physical ability to cope. Psychological trauma can last for many years, and if unresolved, can even become more devastating than the original traumatic event. Traumatic experiences can produce emotional, cognitive, and physical repercussions. Emotionally, trauma victims can become anxious, depressed, fearful, and withdrawn.
They can have recurring panic attacks. In extreme cases, people experience flashbacks of the event, nightmares, amnesia, and intense feelings of guilt. Physically, many people have eating and sleeping problems. They are regularly exhausted and often, they develop unexplained chronic pain. Trauma counselling utilises techniques to identify and work through the emotions that have been internalised from the event. In our work with trauma clients, we help them to resolve the negative emotions that remain from the experiences they endured.
Our trained mental health professionals will provide a confidential and safe environment, make an assessment of the situation, and recommend steps on how to work through the trauma through an integrated therapeutic approach. Therapy will help individuals gain a greater degree of self-awareness and understanding to improve self-esteem as well as mental and physical health.