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Psychotherapist & Mental Health Counsellor

MNCS, Hyp.dip, Ad.dip.CP

Julie Morley

3 Godsey Crescent, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8HU
T: 01778 349620    M:07902 583487   E: [email protected]

Post Traumatic Stress and other trauma

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined as the severe negative psychological problems caused by one major event that has happened to somebody. Severe responses to a Trauma can be a cause of significant and particular mental health difficulties.

 

Most people are only diagnosed with PTSD when their difficulties has affected them so much that their daily functioning has become affected enough to seek psychological or psychiatric help through GP /medical services.

 

However. responses to trauma can be to a lesser degree than those that end up with an official diagnosis of PTSD and these can also cause mental health problems. In these cases, the trauma can be mild or severe and the trauma itself can be something big or small, it depends on the individual who experiences it as to whether it is a trauma to them or not.  What seems like it should be traumatic for one person may not be actually traumatic for another person and visa versa.

Counselling and Psychotherapy supports a person living with the after affects of trauma (big or small) and is complementary to any medical management a person is receiving if their symptoms warranted intervention from conventional medicine.

The types of events that can cause PTSD or some milder (albeit only so far as they are not quite so destructive on ones life) after effects of trauma include witnessing or experiencing the following:


  • Road accidents
  • Personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
  • Witnessing violent deaths
  • Discovering a suicide
  • Military combat
  • Being held hostage
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis



Some other traumatic experiences people seek counselling for include:

  • A loss of a relationship or life style
  • A change in life that was too dramatic or unexpected
  • A change in social status
  • A medical experience
  • A bereavement
  • A social experience that went badly
  • Prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
  • Road Accidents
  • Childhood experiences
  • Accidents at Work
  • Accidents when out and about
  • Witnessing Death
  • Bullying
  • In-Hospital Treatment for illness or after accidents
  • Operations and other medical Treatment or Intervention
  • Giving Birth Trauma
  • Animal Attacks
  • Betrayal
  • Health Treatment for illness
  • Abuse from another


Any type of shocking experience

 

The symptoms of TRAUMA can include:

  • Constant state of nervousness
  • Psychological or Physical Anxiety symptoms
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Repetitive thoughts
  • Feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of despair or anguish
  • Feeling so overwhelmed youre unable to function effectively in your life
  • Pre-occupation
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Inability to concentrate

After experiencing something that disturbed you, whether it was one incident or a multitude of experiences, the effects can be very difficult to deal with without professional help. Sometimes people are affected slightly but are unsure if they really are effected by an incident and other times, people can be so greatly effected that it is very obvious as to the cause. Flashbacks may be occurring or nightmares. Your behaviour may have changed -perhaps you’ve stopped going out, stopped seeing friends.


In Psychotherapy, trauma is dealt with by using a variety of specific methods aiming to enable you to move on, stop flashbacks, feel better and process more effectively now and in the future.