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Trauma and PTSD

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after both 'minor' and 'major' incidents. These could be something as 'trivial' as having your purse stolen or as big as being involved in or witnessing a near-death experience. It also includes many childhood experiences, such as bullying or being smacked - sometimes as children, we overcome these experiences with ease and other times, they stay with us and infect and affect our present and future. We all experience difference events differently - something that might be traumatic for one person may be experienced as traumatic by another, and usually we cannot predict what we will find traumatic.

For an experience to felt as traumatic, we experience it as overwhelming, as life-threatening - so much so that we can't make sense of it. Parental abandonment, for example in time of divorce, can be experienced by a child as traumatic as young children cannot always make sense of it and the abandonment may feel like a life or death situation. If we experience an event as traumatic, the experience becomes 'frozen' in the part of our brain to do with survival. The memory is not processes like other memories and can remain stuck, causing us to have feeling flashbacks where we feel that we've been here before... The reaction to the traumatic event can often cause us to become depressed, anxious, stressed, even physically ill - these are the symptoms that many people present with when they first come into therapy.

Events which can traumatise us include:

  • Bereavement
  • Childbirth
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Surviving major disasters
  • Parental divorce
  • Bullying at school or at home
  • One or both parents suffering from a mental health problem, such as depression
  • Childhood Traumas
  • Rape or assault
  • Soldiers/Police/Firemen - after witnessing combat, deaths, violence, etc

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    Mic Austen
    Brentwood Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Tel: 07445-672295
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    Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
    IMAGO Relationship Therapist
    Sensorimotor psychotherapy for trauma

    Trauma and dissociative disorders
    Individuals, Relationships and Couples Therapist

    Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brentwood, Shenfield, Chelmsford, Upminster, Hornchurch, Billericay in Essex
    Paddington, Maida Vale, Little Venice, Bayswater, West London
    United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy

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