What is trauma therapy?
Trauma therapy is body psychotherapy, working gently with the traumatised nervous system. I as a trauma therapist can calm and heal it through learning skills to increase resilience, coping and emotional regulation.
What is trauma?
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster or to multiple childhood events.
What trauma feels like
A person can find themselves reliving the event, feeling disconnected, avoiding people and things, emotional outbursts, sleeping problems, inability to concentrate, relationship difficulties, anxiety and more.
Do you suffer from these trauma symptoms?
Flashbacks, social isolation, strained relationships and physical symptoms like headaches or nausea? Syndromes, including chronic fatigue. migraines, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia? Anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression? Visual symptoms, vertigo, or auto-immune conditions. Read more
Will trauma Therapy help ?
Absolutely! Body psychotherapy is what you’ll need. Working with your ‘felt sense’, feelings in your body, you’ll access your defensive mechanisms to safely and gradually discharge the built-up and frozen energy of the shock or trauma.
There’s a huge build-up of survival energy in a traumatised system. A counsellor must be informed about working gently and precisely to release it in order to keep you safe.
use of childhood trauma therapy for adults
The reason being is that you may not have coped well with a traumatic childhood experience. You then relive it in auto-immune conditions or chronic emotional difficulties. Autoimmune disorders are associated with neglect, early attachment difficulties, as well as molestation and sexual abuse.
It’s essential for your recovery and health that you receive appropriate trauma therapy.
Are PTSD and trauma the same?
Not quite. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD} is an ongoing anxiety state. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Another person may go through the same trauma and not have enduring symptoms of PTSD.
PTSD can follow a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or events such as:
- Domestic abuse
- Prison stay
Why trauma happens
Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. However, you might have longer-term reactions including unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. This is PTSD.
How trauma changes you
You get hijacked all the time by stress hormones. PTSD basically changes your stress response.
Where trauma is stored in the body
It is stored in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that controls the heart, muscles, hormones…everything
Can trauma cause illness?
Yes, it can cause anxiety, depression, physical syndromes like chronic pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia.
How trauma affects the body
It overwhelms it. If you were unable to protect yourself in the trauma, your stuck defence mechanisms won’t work now. You’re flooded with stress hormones that you can’t release. You become unwell and always feel unsafe in your body.
When trauma slips into addiction
You’ve made a valiant attempt to regulate difficult emotions. Stress hormones are making life a misery. You use substances or other addictions to lower the stress load in the body. Instead, they exacerbate the problem.
How trauma affects relationships
You avoid others or are aggressive towards others. You become isolated.
Will trauma go away?
Yes. With the right trauma therapy, you can break free from trauma. You can heal from trauma.
How I work with trauma
I use a combination of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Transforming Touch therapies.
This involves teaching you the skills to increase resilience and regulation. I’ll help you increase your ability to feel safe in the presence of others. The skills you’ll learn are focused on increasing body awareness and on slowing in order to regulate difficult emotions.
This groundbreaking trauma therapy will stop you from reliving your trauma. Working gently with your nervous system and emotional regulation it will increase your resilience and coping skills to improve functioning. You’ll take back control.