Whilst anxiety is generally concerned with the future, trauma is generally concerned with the past. When we experience traumatic events such as rape, abuse or being involved in an event which threatened our lives or our physically integrity, we can find it difficult to be in the moment and live our lives like we did before. Intense fear and feelings of helplessness are common in those who have experienced trauma who can also experience unexpected intrusive thoughts that can be extreme and painful. When remembering the traumatic event we may re-experience the same painful and terrifying feelings that we experienced when the event originally occurred; this is called re-traumatisation.
I work with clients to help them understand why they responded to the trauma in the way they did and to address how the consequences of the trauma are affected them now. I also provide the client with a safe space to express their emotions and help them to be in the now rather than the past. Some clients find it useful to gain an understanding of how the brain and body responds to trauma.
As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing trauma I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in working with these issues.