- Any event that involves threat to life or to safety.
- This includes robbery, hijacking, car accidents, rape, witnessing a shooting/physical attack, etc.
- There may be some fear that you will die or be injured.
- It could involve seeing a loved one threatened, harmed or killed.
- Or seeing someone who has just been injured or involved in a traumatic event.
- It could include severe destruction of property, or theft of property (a fire, flood etc)
These events are “out of the range of normal experience” and would be distressing to almost anyone.
"A reaction of some sort is normal." - Sharon
Trauma has a profound effect on most people.
In trauma counselling you will:
- Tell your story - this helps to "offload" and start to get perspective
- Start to make sense of what has happened
- Get some containment for the anxiety, worry and fear, and to start to feel more in control again.
- Learn about the reactions and symptoms, and understand these are to be expected.
- Learn to deal with these reactions
- Start to find constructive personal meaning out of what has happened
- Benefit from what you have learnt and the changes that have happened (over time)
- Find a sense of self empowerment and a sense of coping