Experiencing trauma is an extremely distressing, but often unavoidable part of life. Although the lingering effects of traumatic experiences can make us feel isolated, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With 5 – 10% of Australians suffering with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and an even greater number affected by trauma in other ways, you are far from alone.
However, the different ways in which individuals are affected by traumatic events can vary greatly. Some people don’t even realise their stress or poor coping mechanisms stem from a disturbing experience, while others may feel overwhelmed by memories, thoughts, or feelings that threaten to consume their life.
Sometimes, a response to trauma can be short-lived and temporary, but other times, it can stay with us for decades. In these cases, it may become such an ingrained part of our lives that we start to feel defined by it, or like we haven’t got the power to change ourselves.
Reclaiming control over our lives after a traumatic experience may be difficult, but with the help of an experienced trauma counsellor, it is 100% possible to make a full recovery.
Trauma counselling is a method of processing the body’s response to an acutely stressful situation. Although this response is natural and can be crucial for protecting our psyches during painful times, it becomes destructive to our wellbeing if we are unable to process it effectively.
Events that may lead to trauma include physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, a serious car accident, natural disasters, war, the death of a loved one, relationship break downs, living through a natural disaster, or being a survivor of childhood trauma.
However, causes are not limited to these events, and what constitutes a traumatic event will differ from person to person.
Whatever the cause, the symptoms of unprocessed trauma range from sleeping problems like insomnia and nightmares, to mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and anger management issues. In the case of those who develop PTSD, intense flashbacks can even trigger the sufferer to relive a traumatising event in vivid detail.
An experienced trauma counsellor will use evidence based talking therapies in order to help a patient process their trauma. They do this in an environment where the patient can feel safe and empowered.
Some of the ways in which trauma disrupts our lives can be debilitating.
We might struggle with low self esteem and poor self worth, leading to negative coping strategies like avoidance, isolation, eating disorders or self harm. We might self medicate with alcohol or other substances, leading to addiction and poor life choices. Or, we might check out altogether and become emotionally detached, depriving us of the ability to feel joy.
Understanding trauma and its hold on us is the first step to disentangling who we are from what has happened to us. With the guidance of a qualified counsellor, trauma survivors are able to confront these painful memories in a safe, confidential setting, so they can begin to process them at their own pace.
Although it’s often difficult for traumatised individuals to speak about their past, sensitive and respectful counselling will make this process as comfortable as possible. The mental health benefits and easing of PTSD symptoms make this trauma therapy well worth any initial discomfort.
For trauma counselling which allows you to reclaim control over your mental health, SHYNE Wellness is here to help.
The life coaches and counsellors at SHYNE Wellness come highly qualified and highly recommended. Certified in the treatment of all types of trauma, including complex trauma, and psychological trauma, as well as interconnected issues like anxiety, depression, and anger management, the range of specialists at SHYNE Wellness are able to provide effective healing techniques for all symptoms, no matter how severe.
Even if trauma has left you feeling disempowered and hopeless, with SHYNE Wellness, you’re bound to find an approach that works for you. With services covering many different styles of counselling from spiritual practises to neuroscience, you can learn how to heal in every sphere of your life.
Founder, Poli Zoungas, brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to her treatments for trauma. A member of the Australian Counselling Association and International Coaching Federation, Poli is warm, caring, and dedicated to helping her clients find happiness. So, if you wish to move beyond the trauma in your life, simply phone 0417 616 406 or email [email protected] to learn how Poli and SHYNE Wellness can help!