Counselling for Trauma & PTSD
Most people will experience some form of trauma in their lifetime. It may be a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or perhaps living through a natural disaster.
If necessary support and resources are not available and the experience of trauma remains unresolved, lasting effects can cause suffering long after the event has passed. In these circumstances, the support of a therapist is often fundamental to healing.
The four types of trauma symptoms listed in the DSM-5 include:
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behaviour, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behaviour since the trauma
If you or someone you know is experiencing distress related to trauma, we are confident that we can help.