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:

Emotional Responses Cognitive Responses Physical Responses Interpersonal Responses
Feeling anxious/overwhelmed Self-blame Disturbed sleep Irritability
Guilt Confusion Restlessness Withdrawing from others
Shame Flashbacks Fatigue Loss of interest/ or dissatisfaction doing the things you once enjoyed
Feeling helplessness or hopelessness Nightmares Headaches Cry easily
Fear Confusion Racing heartbeat Trust issues
Anger Difficulty concentrating Change in appetite Feelings of abandonment or rejection
Grief Memory loss Hypertension Increase in family conflicts
Sadness or depression Struggle with making decisions Body aches & pains
Resentment Loss of faith/ question spiritual beliefs Easily startled
Emotional numbness Nausea
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