Trauma can be defined as a psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing to a trauma survivor. A trained Trauma Therapist can treat a survivor for the traumatic event that have helped to create the disturbance in their life which they are currently suffering from. If you find yourself being constantly berated by negative ‘mind chatter’, or unable to move forward with your life because of recurring thoughts of a past or present traumatic event, then I can help you to develop strategies to change your way of thinking and coping in order to overcome those thoughts of this traumatic event and develop a more positive mindset and healthy belief.
Because trauma reactions fall across a wide spectrum, psychologists have developed categories as a way to differentiate between types of trauma. Among them are complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and developmental trauma disorder.
PTSD can develop after a person has been exposed to a terrifying event or has been through an ordeal in which intense physical or psychological harm occurred or was threatened. Sufferers of PTSD have persistent and frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal.
Complex Trauma happens repetitively. It often results in direct harm to the individual. The effects of complex trauma are cumulative. The traumatic experience frequently transpires within a particular time frame or within a specific relationship, and often in a specific setting.
Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a recent term in the study of psychology. This disorder forms during a child’s first three years of life. The result of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment, developmental trauma interferes with the child’s neurological, cognitive, and psychological development. It disrupts the child's ability to attach to an adult caregiver. An adult who inflicts developmental trauma usually doesn’t do it intentionally – rather, it happens because they are not aware of the social and emotional needs of children.
Often, shock and denial are typical reactions to a traumatic event. Over time, these emotional responses may fade, but a survivor may also experience reactions long-term. These can include:
As a Trained Trauma Therapist, I can assess your unique needs and device a treatment plan (Bespoke Treatment Plan) specifically for the type of trauma you are suffering from.
Currently, there are several trauma therapy modalities in place which I use:
The above modalities treat the memory portion (the unconscious) of the trauma, however we now know that a survivor’s conscious brain must be treated, as well. Recent studies have found that body-oriented approaches such as mindfulness, yoga and EMDR are powerful tools for helping the mind and body reconnect.
A typical treatment plan will comprise of the following:
My preferred modality use is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Somatic Therapy but I'm trained in the application of other modalities.
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