WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Trauma counseling is a specialist field of counseling which helps people address, come to terms with and recover from a traumatic event. Trauma counselors are typically involved if someone is struggling physically, emotionally or psychologically after a traumatic event. Trained Counsellors with a mental health background can help someone who is struggling in response to a traumatic event.
A traumatic event can be any stressful event that an individual has difficulty coping with afterwards.
Any situation (to name a few) which causes you to feel distressed:
- Sexual assualt or rape
- Losing a loved one
- Hijacking / mugging / armed robbery
- Job loss / retirement
- Car accident
- Natural disasters
SYMPTOMS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA?
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- Anxiety and fear
- Guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected or numb
WHAT IS TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY?
Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic event impacts a client’s mental, behavioural, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
This type of therapy is rooted in understanding the connection between the trauma experienced and the client’s emotional and behavioural responses.
The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist a client to better understand, cope with and process emotions and memories tied to a traumatic event, with the end goal of enabling a client to create a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in his/her life.