Trauma exists in many peoples lives and can come from many places and situations.
When people think of trauma most people relate this to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Psychiatric diagnosis. Most people do not understand the more ‘complex’ aspects of trauma that may exist in their lives and where this can come from, such as:
- Childhood abuse (physical, verbal, sexual)
- Domestic violence
- Immigration from overseas (cultural trauma)
- Sudden and shocking loss (such as a suicide)
- Natural Disastrous
These are some of the less well known aspects of trauma that may affect a persons life and sense of self identity. Do you relate to any of them or can you think of something else that may have caused trauma in yourself or someone you know? Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes and it also affects each person in very different ways. I have seen 2 people with very similar trauma histories respond in completely different ways, therefore needing 2 very different treatments.
This is why it is important to have an approach to suite your needs and not cause retraumatisation.
Many people are aware that working with trauma incorrectly can actually cause more harm than good by retraumatizing the person. Retraumatization is where traumatic material is brought up and the effects of the trauma are experienced again, while this is often unintentional it may still be extremely damaging. Therefore each person must have an approach that respects them and their individual strengths and differences.
Trauma is also heavily tied to other mental health conditions such as addiction, psychosis (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), personality disorders and depression. Instead of using labels, I utilize your strengths and resources as a person in your treatment due to the negative stigma and ‘boxes’ that labels can cause. After all despite the trauma that has happened to you even though you didn’t deserve it you survived and are still here today.
I have worked with a number of people with many different types of trauma with a variety of ages. Through counselling the aim is to overcome the effects trauma has had on your life so you can be free, happier and healthier. With training in how to work with complex trauma (Blueknot Foundation) and integrating the latest research as well as ongoing supervision I provide effective trauma counselling in the Albury, Wodonga and Riverina.
It is acknowledged what has happened to you cannot be undone but we can do something with where you are at now. Never let others take your strength from what you have been through away from you.
Call me today for a confidential chat to discuss how I might help you or someone you know.