Counselling and Psychotherapy for help with with issues based around emotional damage, trauma and post-traumatic stress.
There are two distinctly different ways in which the therapy field uses trauma. In medical settings trauma is an injury to the physical self. It may be a broken bone, a cut or laceration, or some type of violent injury or damage to the interior or the exterior of the body.
In the mental health field trauma has a very different meaning. It is still an injury, but it is an invisible injury that is only known to the person who has been hurt and emotionally or mentally damaged. This pain is just as real as a physical injury, but without the ability to see it, it is extremely difficult to distinguish for those around you.
Making things more challenging for mental trauma are the variety of ways it can occur and how it is displayed. Emotional and mental trauma are very different for different people; what one person sees as a traumatic event in their life may not even be remembered by another person. Additionally, trauma can be a one-time event, such as watching or being in a horrible car accident, or it can be an ongoing experience, such as being emotionally bullied or harassed.
Some types of trauma can result in extreme changes in an individual. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a good example of serious and significant exposure to trauma, often over a long period of time. Changes in personality, aggression and temperament often occur in severe cases of PTSD.
The Visible Results of Trauma
With other types of trauma and those that are not linked to a specific event, the effects can easily be mistaken for a range of other possible issues. This may lead to multiple failed treatment attempts by medical doctors or those not experienced in working with trauma.
At The Bermondsey Practice our experienced counsellors and therapists have extensive experience in helping those struggling with trauma, and we are also trained in special techniques used to treat PTSD.
Common signs of individuals trying to cope with trauma include:
- Thoughts of being alone, isolated, different or unconnected with the people around you
- Inability to feel happy, or feelings of guilt that come with positive emotions, as if they are undeserved
- Inability to sleep or issues with vivid, intense and negative dreams or nightmares
- Flashbacks to an event that may be triggered by something in the environment
- Problems with aches, pains, digestive problems or intimacy problems.
Without treatment trauma does not just go away or fade into a less overwhelming condition. In most people the symptoms experienced will get worse over time, which can lead to additional mental health problems around anxiety, phobias or depression. Self-medication with alcohol, drugs or other types of addictive behaviours may occur as the individual attempts to escape the feelings and thoughts that are so debilitating.
The key to remember is that trauma can be effectively treated. Offering integrated and holistic treatment, The Bermondsey Practice is there to provide help in overcoming trauma.
Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.
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