Trauma / Sexual Abuse / Childhood Abuse

Trauma of any kind is an emotional injury from which you can recover and regain control in your life. Trauma is the result of an extraordinarily stressful event that shatters your sense of security, making you feel helpless, powerless and vulnerable in your day to day life.   Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic.

When the mind is overwhelmed by trauma, it struggles to recognise the event, or events, as over, as being a past memory. For someone who is traumatised, it can be experienced as ‘ongoing’, ‘happening right now’, in the ‘present’ moment.

The oppressive act of another person can leave you feeling bewildered, lost, anxious, depressed, lonely, crushed, isolated, devastated, demoralised; the emotions associated with what you have been subjected to can overwhelm you and possibly leave you feeling as if you are ‘cracking up’ or ‘going mad.’ This is not the case!

This is where counselling can be useful to you:

  • It's a safe place for you to voice your feelings without the fear of being judged for it
  • Help you to express your bottled up feelings safely
  • Identify and manage triggers
  • Build up your self esteem
  • Learn and develop a variety of self-care strategies to help you in day to day life
  • Provide therapeutic strategies that are specific to your needs

Empowers you to:

  • Feel Safe
  • Feel more stable
  • Care for yourself
  • Repair relationships with others
  • Believe in a better today/tomorrow
  • To better understand and cope when feeling a range of emotions
  • Manage self harm or destructive thoughts more effectively
  • Become more resilient
  • Learn skills to help influence how you feel
  • Move forward by living a fuller, more rewarding and happier life