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  • Counselling for Trauma / trauma

    Trauma is traditionally viewed as an “event” or “experience” like a terrible accident, abuse, a disaster, a death, etc. And it traditionally the view is that the event or experience has to be considered “big” like these examples. And while such events and experiences can be traumatic, other views expand on this with the thinking that:

    -Trauma is not an event or an experience as such, it’s what’s stored in the brain and the body. (There is a book called “The Body Keeps the Score” even, by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, discussing this.)

    -“Traumatic experiences” don’t have to be so “big” and what is traumatic for you might not be traumatic for someone else, depending on things like if someone is more sensitive than someone else.

    Also, sometimes events enacted or witnessed / experienced can be impactful because they run counter to your sense of morality / ethics and these can be difficult to recover from too.

    While many people can recover from trauma (and similar) over time with the love and support of family and friends, and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can vary greatly from person to person but might include living with deep emotional pain, avoiding reminders of the event or experience, substance use, feeling depressed or nervous, feeling like the event is happening now, feeling angry or guilty, difficulty sleeping, judgments of self or others, or other effects, long after the event or experience has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist can often be helpful in lessening the impact of the event or events on your life in the here and now, though certainly the road can be difficult.

    If you feel you are living with the effects of trauma and are wanting a more satisfying and values-directed life, I might be able to help.