Trauma/Distressing Events

Trauma is a subjective experience and can affect us in many ways. How one person responds to a stressful or life threatening event depends very much on their own psychological resources and coping skills as well as any prior experience of trauma or extreme stress.

Trauma can be either a catastrophic event, or less distressing such as a car accident. Equally there can be cumulative stress or trauma following as child abuse over time.

If have you experienced

  • ·         A car or workplace accident
  • ·         A natural disaster such as flood, fire or earthquake
  • ·         An act of violence such as a physical attack, armed robbery, war
  • ·         A rape, child abuse or suicide of friend or family member

And you are experiencing any of the following (and have been for more than 2 weeks)

Physically

  • ·         Hyper alertness, on the look-out for signs of danger
  • ·         Easily startled
  • ·         Fatigue/exhaustion
  • ·         Disturbed sleep
  • ·         General aches and pains 

Emotionally

  • ·         Fear
  • ·         Numbness and detachment
  • ·         Depression
  • ·         Guilt
  • ·         Anger and irritability
  • ·         Anxiety and panic  

Mentally/ cognitively

  • ·         Intrusive thoughts and memories of the event
  • ·         Visual images of the event
  • ·         Nightmares
  • ·         Poor concentration and memory
  • ·         Disorientation
  • ·         Confusion

Behaviourally

  • ·         Avoiding places, people or activities that are reminders of the event
  • ·         Socially withdrawing and isolating yourself
  • ·         Lost interest in normal activities 

Then you may benefit from psychological counselling. You do NOT have to suffer on your own.

When to seek assistance

You should seek professional assistance if the symptoms resulting from the traumatic event are too distressing or last for more than a couple of weeks. Warning signs may include:

  • ·         Being unable to handle the intense feelings or physical sensations
  • ·         Feeling numb and empty
  • ·         Continuing to experience strong distressing emotions
  • ·         Continuing to have physical symptoms of being tense, agitated, and on edge
  • ·         Continuing to have disturbed sleep and/ or nightmares
  • ·         Having no-one to support you and with whom you can share your feelings and emotions
  • ·         Having relationship problems with friends, family and colleagues
  • ·         Increasing your use of alcohol or drugs.

Kim uses a number of focused psychological therapies including hypnosis to help the stressed, anxious or traumatised person.

Kim is an accredited Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) practitioner. This is a three to five session hypnosis process that aims to move the person into the future trauma free. This is achieved by changing the underlying unconscious core beliefs, taking the emotional charge out of the event/s and moving the person out of the fight, flight freeze position which is what keeps the person feeling unsafe and unable to function in the world. In order to move into the future trauma free the person needs to know “it’s over and I’m safe.”