Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or overwhelming event that can cause long-term severe effects on a person’s ability to function emotionally, psychologically, cognitively, behaviourally and spiritually. It is important to remember that people experience trauma differently, therefore their response to the trauma is also unique.
I understand that the effects of trauma can be damaging, horrific and debilitating. It can often rob victim-survivors of their power, autonomy, control and sense of safety. Therefore, I use a trauma-informed practice approach, which is a strengths-based, person-centred and culturally sensitive framework.
The aim of trauma counselling is for victim-survivors to re-establish their sense of empowerment and control by building trusting, healthy and meaningful social connections. Therefore, I will ensure that you feel safe, empowered and respected to make your own decisions in the healing and recovery process.
Seeking trauma counselling can provide victim-survivors with feelings of optimism, confidence and hope for a brighter future!
Please view the video to gain a better understanding of how trauma impacts your emotional and physical well-being.
Common trauma responses and reactions include:
|Withdrawing from others
|Loss of interest/ or dissatisfaction doing the things you once enjoyed
|Feeling helplessness or hopelessness
|Change in appetite
|Feelings of abandonment or rejection
|Increase in family conflicts
|Sadness or depression
|Struggle with making decisions
|Body aches & pains
|Loss of faith/ question spiritual beliefs