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Trauma counselling services
Not only can trauma be healed, with appropriate guidance and support, it can be transformative - P Levine, Waking the Tiger

Trauma debriefing and Trauma counselling

Trauma debriefing and trauma counselling is done by qualified professionals (Social workers, Psychologists, Health practitioners). Trauma debriefing must ideally be done 48-72 hours after the incident. After this period has lapsed we refer to the intervention as Trauma counselling.

Benefits of Trauma debriefing and Trauma counselling:

Trauma debriefing and Trauma counselling promotes healing and recovering after the trauma; it provides containment, emotional support and usually diminishes the symptoms of trauma. It provides the victim/s with the opportunity to express and process difficult feelings (vs. acting them out)

  • Depression, anxiety
  • Medical illness
  • Impaired social relationships
  • Social isolation or acting out
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Suicide
  • Violence

Typical trauma symptoms:

Physical:
Disturbances or changes in sleep patterns, appetite, digestion, blood pressure, libido, chronic tiredness, skin rashes or outbreaks, hair or nail changes, physical illness (immune system lowered)
Emotional:
Anxiety, tremors, tics, easily startled, hyper-vigilance, suspiciousness, tearfulness, sadness or depression, anger, dissociation (emotional blunting)
Avoidance behaviour:
Attempts to avoid thoughts, people, and places associated with the trauma
Cognitive:
Denial, disbelief - minimizing the trauma, reduced concentration and focus, errors of judgement, forgetfulness, flashbacks (re-experiencing the event), reduced creativity, depressed thinking (negative, pessimistic)
Relationships:
Projected anger, verbal / physical abuse, loss of boundary control, inappropriate behaviours, generalised anxiety, mistrust, suspicion, alienation and social isolation can occur. Compulsive, repetitive talking can cause irritation. Changes in sexual behaviour and mood swings can also have a negative impact on relationships.
Outlook on life:
Changes ideas about life, world, people, review of spiritual beliefs, values, choices , desire to be with family, friends, foreshortened sense of future, changed priorities (work, family, career)

Who is affected by PTSD?

  • The traumatised person
  • People who care about him/her
  • Those who want or need him/her to function effectively(employers, family)
  • People in the traumatised person’s environment

Recovery from trauma:

  • Recovery is gradual, can be inferred
  • Reduced trauma symptoms
  • Growing sense of self-mastery
  • More stable moods
  • Recovery of realistic sense of self/others
  • Increased motivation, libido, energy
  • For many, spiritual & personal growth and a heightened appreciation of life

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