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Many people experience traumatic events and they can occur unexpectedly. Accidents, illnesses, assault, sexual, emotional and physical abuse are all examples of trauma. Traumatic events can leave us feeling shocked, disorientated and distressed. You are likely to experience a range of emotions and reactions following a traumatic event. Initially many people say they are shocked, stunned and cannot believe what has happened. In the weeks following the events, many people continue to feel distresses, fearful and confused.

Common symptoms following a Trauma

  • Feeling on edge and constantly fearful that something is going to happen
  • Being jumpy and easily startled
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Intrusive memories and images of the traumatic event which seem to come out of the blue
  • Feeling overwhelmed by intense emotions such as anxiety and sadness
  • Feelings of anger
  • Withdrawing from normal activities, places and people
  • Detaching from emotions and feeling numb

How can Therapy help with Trauma?

Therapy can provide the opportunity to work through the traumatic event

  • To process the traumatic event and its effects
  • Learn tools and techniques to manage intrusive memories and flashbacks
  • A safe space to reflect on how the trauma has altered your life and perspectives
  • Develop skills to reframe and rebuild your life following trauma