From 2011, having undertaken specialist training I have helped those who are experiencing symptoms which make day to day life difficult recover from trauma, Post traumatic stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have both the psychological and physiological knowledge as well as the skills to help.
I also understand how debilitating it can be for you when your heart races, suffer a panic attack, your body vibrates, you can’t catch your breath, live in fear and / or find yourself detached from reality, having experienced and recovered from my own trauma.
A trauma is not caused because of a particular type of event, instead it is your response to what has happened and everyone reacts differently. It can be a single event you have been involved in, something you have witnessed and / or as a result of the “drip drip” effect of continued repression or extreme stress over prolonged periods of time.
The reasons people come for help are varied and examples include; rape, assault, emotional or physical repression, life threatening events to you or someone else, accidents and for some the trauma comes out many years after the event.
Many who I help are often scared that when in therapy they will suffer the very symptoms they want to change or that therapy will make them worse, having found limited ways of coping.
Whilst therapy can be tough at times, how I help is specifically designed to avoid you being re traumatized. The first step is to help learn how to manage and reduce your symptoms and then move on to the underlying issues which trigger them. I will also help you with tools and techniques you can apply to yourself away from therapy to both reduce symptoms and speed up meaningful change.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Flashbacks of what happened as though you are reliving the event.
- Palpitations & sweating.
- Panic attacks.
- Disassociating from the “hear and now” – losing touch with reality.
- Anxiety or Depression.
- Sleeping difficulties.
- Eating difficulties.
- Anger and aggression.
- Lack of sexual drive.
- Struggling to focus and short attention spans.