Trauma therapy

You are not your trauma.

Like any other injury, trauma prevents us from living life to our fullest. When we have a severe physical injury, we take time out and get professional support to ensure it heals correctly.

When we experience trauma, we may not grant ourselves permission to approach it in the same way. This can result in never fully processing or healing from our traumatic experience. Like a wound that wasn’t cleaned out before it healed, this can cause complications later in life.

We can help you work through the trauma, allowing you to process distressing events safely and healthily, promoting post-traumatic growth and getting you to live the life you deserve.

Facts about trauma

We carry it in our body

That’s right, it’s not all “in our heads”. Our body holds trauma which can present as fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, and chronic illnesses.

It stands out

Our brain struggles to process traumatic events where we feel in danger resulting in the memory staying front of mind, easily triggered.

Distressing events can have similar impacts as traumatic ones

Our brain struggles to process traumatic events where we feel in danger resulting in the memory staying front of mind, easily triggered.

Psychological therapy works

We use trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma.

Common signs of trauma include:

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Withdrawing from other
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feeling disconnected or numb
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • Being startled easily
  • Muscle tension

It’s common for trauma to be experienced with additional concerns such as:

Anxiety / Depression / Physical health conditions / Chronic stress /
Life transitions / Substance use / Relationship changes

Tips to help with trauma

01

Practice self-care

Prioritise your physical and emotional well-being by engaging in self-care activities, such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and practising relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation.

02

Connect with supportive people

Reach out to supportive people like friends or family members. Joining support groups with people in similar situations can provide emotional support, validation, and encouragement.

03

Avoid substance use

Some people may use substances like drugs or alcohol to cope with the effects of trauma. In the long term this can develop into a dependency and not address the root cause of your distress.

04

Seek professional help

It is difficult to cope with trauma on our own. It is important to get assistance from a mental health professional who is experienced with trauma-informed therapies.

Resources for trauma

One part of therapy is examining how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviour. Here is a resource you can use today to help improve your ability to recognise ways of thinking that may negatively impact your mental health.

Get in touch

Healing from trauma can take time, but you don’t need to do it alone. If you identify with the above signs, contact us to discuss treatment options.