Integrative Counsellor based in a Private Practice in Bromley

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What is Trauma?

Emotional and psychological Trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is Traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be Traumatised.

What can cause Trauma?

Trauma can be caused by one time events, such as an accident, injury, violent attack, natural disaster or a sudden death. Other events such as on-going stress, living in fear due to abuse, crime or battling a life-threatening illness, surgery, the breakup of a significant relationship, or a humiliating experience can all be triggers.

Symptoms of Trauma

Some people feel they are in shock, denial or disbelief. They can feel angry, irritable, moody, guilty, shameful, responsibility, sadness and hopelessness. Their concentration maybe affected, they may feel they need to withdraw from others, or they may feel numb and disconnected from the world around them.

If you have been affected in this way your Automatic Nervous System (ANS) has been disrupted. What this means is if the ANS is disrupted by Traumatic events it’s unable to regulate itself, leaving you suffering with recurring Traumatic symptoms.

Symptoms can be persistent and not ease over time, or you could feel triggered from time to time by a painful memory or emotion especially in response to triggers such as an anniversary of the event.

How I work with Trauma

The main goal of somatic therapy is the recognition and release of physical tension that may remain in the body in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Therapy sessions typically involves me supporting you to track your experience of sensations throughout your body. Sessions may include awareness of bodily sensations, breathing techniques, mindful meditation, physical exercise and movement.

I will ensure that you feel comfortable with me before we begin to work together in this way. Only then would I begin to incorporate somatic therapy by integrating the cognitive (thinking) and somatic (bodily) parts together. Somatic therapy offers a variety of benefits. It reframes and transforms current or past negative experiences, inculcates greater sense of oneself, increases confidence, resilience and hope. It reduces discomfort, strain and stress while developing a heightened ability to concentrate.