As we go through life, we can have experiences that are deeply distressing that induce a trauma response. Trauma counselling helps to control your mind and body therby helping onself to calm down.
Trauma is a natural biological response to events and situations that can include accidents, assault, abuse, health problems, or other life experiences such as death or childbirth. Trauma can additionally arise from witnessing a traumatic event as well as experiencing it first-hand.
How do I know if I am experiencing trauma?
A simple fear response, for example, a close encounter with something we fear such as a spider or snake, will peak and dissipate quickly. You may experience sweaty palms, dialated pupils, racing heart, breathlessness, and so on. But generally, this experience passess once the ‘threat’ is removed and we return to our usual physiological and mental experience.
When this fear response is intense, chronic, and debilitating, it can develop into trauma if it refuses to subside. Trauma can remain persistent and long-term, causing significant distress that impacts our mental health and every-day life.
What are the symptoms of trauma?
Some of the symptoms of trauma might include:
Disturbed sleep patterns
Feelings of terror
Numbness and disassociation
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a prolonged and chronic stress response that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. People living with PTSD can experience intense, disturbing feelings and thoughts linked to the experience long after the traumatic event has ended.
Common symptoms linked to PTSD/trauma counselling include anxiety and depression related to the trauma, emotional difficulties, hypervigilance, sleep issues, aggression, and concerntration difficulties to name a few.
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How can we help through Trauma Counselling?
Hargan Psychology aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for our client’s to process their trauma they have experienced. Our psychologists can provide you with the tools you need to better address distressing memories and re-gain control. Here at Hargan we provide:
- A structured and tailoed therapeutic approach.
- Support for PTSD, anxiety, and depression resulting from trauma.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EDMR) therapy.
David Wu is our provisional psychologist with experience in supporting English, Mandarin, and Cantonese speaking individuals who have experienced trauma counselling while maintaining a culturally sensitive approach. David has previously worked to provide support for individuals engaged with Victims of Crime (VOCAT), and the Eastern Victims Assistance Program (EVAP).
David is also trained in providing Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EDMR) therapy. David has worked with clients experiencing difficulties ranging from depression, anxiety, family and relationship difficulties, schizophrenia, substance use and addiction, as well as clients with legal issues.
To book an appointment with David, please get in touch today!