Dealing With Trauma

Counselling For Psychological & Emotional Trauma

Trauma is the result of an extraordinarily stressful event that incites emotional consequences which can shatter your sense of security. Traumatic events are often hard to define because a specific event can be more traumatic for some people than for others. Even if traumatic experiences do not exhibit any kind of physical harm, the psychological and emotional damage that can occur can be quite extensive.

Traumatic events can be experienced at any stage in life, and can be equally as devastating regardless of when they occur. However, the longer those feelings are swept aside and are not dealt with, the harder it may be to overcome in the future. Recovering from a traumatic experience takes time and everybody heals from the psychological and emotional distress at their own pace. At Unique Peace Counselling, we are here to work at your pace to help you regain a sense of control over your life. Through consistent counselling, our goal is teach you how to address your symptoms, help you cope with your thoughts and emotions, and guide you through changing the narrative regarding your traumatic experience. Contact us today, we are here to help.

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Healing From Trauma

Treatment Options For Trauma & PTSD

Acknowledging the traumatic experience and working through it can be painful, scary, and possibly re-traumatizing. Even weeks, months, or years later you can experience panic attacks or nightmares in response to that particular occurrence. When these emotional relapses persist for more than a month, you might be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – at this point, you should strongly consider seeing a professional therapist or counsellor.

Around 10 to 20 percent of people who experience a traumatic event will develop some form of PTSD symptoms following their incident – which can severely impact one's ability to control their emotions and maintain healthy relationships. One of the most effective methods of dealing with your PTSD symptoms is to receive psychotherapy. Through cognitive behavioural therapy, your therapist is able to help resolve your unpleasant emotions, help you process your thoughts about the traumatic event, and create effective coping strategies. By working together to resolve your long avoided thoughts and emotions, we can help you regain control over you life - you don't have to go through it alone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Trauma is a lasting emotional response that results from a stressful situation. Following the traumatic event, typical reactions include shock and denial. A traumatic event can alter one’s entire perception of safety and sense of self, making longer term reactions unpredictable and hard to navigate.

Trauma therapy or trauma counseling is a treatment option that helps an individual come to terms with their traumatic experience in order to progress to regular mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a common form of treatment for trauma that helps you make sense of your thoughts and feelings about the traumatic event. Healing from trauma is an individual experience and varies from one person and a specific situation to the next. Some common practices outside of therapy that can help provide relief are regular movement and exercise, connecting with others, and asking for support.

Emotional trauma, otherwise known as psychological trauma, is a lasting response to a traumatic event that causes damage to your psyche, impacting your ability to cope with your experience. If left untreated, trauma can have a significant negative effect on your life and can get in the way of everyday tasks and regular functioning.

Trauma can be caused by a variety of psychologically and emotionally overwhelming events. Some common sources of trauma include: domestic violence, natural disasters, the death of a loved one, and severe injury. Trauma can also result from a series of emotional neglect and emotional abuse.

The symptoms exhibited from someone who is experiencing trauma related to a specific situation vary from one person to the next. However, there are some commonalities in the initial reactions to trauma, which include: confusion, anxiety, exhaustion, dissociation, shock, and denial.