Get the help you need to deal with Trauma & PTSD
Life is full of unpredictable events.
No matter how hard we try to make our lives as safe and predictable as possible, things can always take a turn for the worse.
Today you’re chatting with a friend; tomorrow he/she might be taken away forever by a tragic accident.
Or perhaps you’ve been on the frontlines, witnessing the horrors of natural disaster, disease, or even war.
Events such as death, illness, separation, divorce, or physical abuse can inflict a profound emotional wound. And when your entire personality is shaken to the core, life can suddenly feel unbearable.
That’s when “dark” thoughts begin to seep into mind: “I can’t take this anymore!” “No one understands what I’ve been through.” “I’m hopeless…”
Without proper care, thoughts can turn into actions and the consequences can be devastating.
People who’ve been through a traumatic event experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. From migraines and insomnia, to flashbacks and panic attacks, trauma has a destructive impact on your overall sense of health and wellbeing.
The only way to move forward and achieve post-traumatic growth is by confronting and accepting that painful event.
But you don’t have to face it alone!
Here at Counselling in Melbourne, our team of experienced and registered professionals can assist you in dealing with trauma & PTSD.
Understanding Trauma & PTSD
Whenever we hear the words “trauma” or “PTSD” we often think of war veterans. For some reason, we tend to associate trauma & PTSD with terrible events like natural disasters and war.
But while those who’ve seen the battlefield (or the horrors that follow earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) are indeed at a high risk of developing PTSD, they’re not the only ones.
Trauma is a complex phenomenon that can occur as a result of various negative experiences.
So, let’s take a moment to understand trauma & PTSD.
What’s a traumatic event?
In essence, a traumatic event is any negative event that triggers a strong emotional response. More specifically, you lose your sense of security which might lead to depression, feelings of helplessness, and an overall grim perspective on life.
As you can see, this definition covers a broad spectrum of events. But leaving aside armed conflicts, natural disasters, and other similar calamities, some of the most common reasons why people request trauma counselling are:
- Inexplicable breakups
- Car accidents
- Work accidents
- The passing of a beloved family member
- The death of a pet
- Physical/sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
Current research indicates that emotional trauma may be the result of common events for most people, but which are subjectively perceived as aversive.
But while trauma is a normal reaction to a frightening situation, the effects can seriously interfere with your relationships, work, and personal life.
What is PTSD?
Short for post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD is a condition that can develop after you experience an event that you perceive as shocking, dangerous, and frightening.
- People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder often struggle with:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of helplessness and despair
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Intrusive thoughts and images
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Social withdrawal
To get a sense of what PTSD feels like, try to recall the last time you felt extremely anxious about something. Now imagine living with this anxiety every day; imagine feeling restless, hypervigilant, and on edge 24/7.
Most experts believe that under normal circumstances, people overcome trauma and adjust to their new circumstances in about several weeks.
If you’ve been struggling with these symptoms for more than a couple of weeks, perhaps it’s time to consult a professional.
When Should I See a Trauma Counsellor?
As you probably know, people deal with trauma in different ways. Some seek comfort at the bottom of a bottle, while others bury themselves in work.
It’s hard to go about your daily business when you’re constantly feeling on edge and there’s no one around with whom to share your pain.
Most of us have a natural tendency to avoid internalising traumatic events because it’s too painful and distressing to be permanently connected to an unpleasant memory.
So, how can you overcome something that you’re too terrified to approach?
By consulting a professional who can assist you in facing your trauma, accepting the feelings it produces, and adjusting to a new life.
Our trauma counsellors are equipped with a wide range of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and many other evidence-based strategies.
Here’s How We Can Help
Trauma counselling involves a long but rewarding process of self-exploration during which you gradually dig up painful experiences and discover the inner resources you need to start building a future.
But it doesn’t happen all at once. In fact, facing your trauma abruptly generates an overwhelming sense of distress which can increase the risk of suicide.
That’s why trauma counsellors focus on building a solid therapeutic alliance before addressing the core problem.
Through guidance and emotional support, a trained professional can help you cultivate post-traumatic growth. In other words, you will have the opportunity to find constructive ways to manage painful emotions and move forward in life.
With the help on our counsellors, you can:
- Regain clarity and feel supported in processing your trauma
- Reframe life events and regain a sense of meaning
- Rebuild your self-confidence
- Learn effective coping strategies to deal with anxiety, depression, and stress
- Adjust to your new circumstances
- Accept the past and plan for a better future.
Always remember that no matter how much trauma we might be forced to endure, the human mind will always find a way to adjust.
You just need someone who can validate your feelings and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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