Trauma Counselling

Trauma Counselling

Being a bit anxious or somewhat fearful after experiencing a traumatic or very stressful event can expected. This isnīt necessarily a sign that one is experiencing a trauma-related disorder such as PTSD or Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).

However, if you are persistently re-experiencing a traumatic event through flashbacks or dreams, have strong reactions when exposed to something that reminds you of the event or experience other symptoms listed under “What are some of the Symptoms of PTSD and ASD?” then you may cause for concern. A visit to your doctor and a mental health professional is appropriate under these circumstances.  

What Are Some of the Symptoms of PTSD and ASD?

If you have developed a Post Traumatic or Acute Stress Disorder you have a lot of company. The projected risk of developing PTSD by age 75 is 8.7%, and these statistics do not include those who develop ASD but not PTSD (American Psychological Association. [APA], 2013).

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms include the following (APA, 2013):
  • Re-experiencing a traumatic event through flashbacks and/or dreams
  • Significant distress and strong reactions when exposed to something that reminds one of a part of the event
  • Being very anxious/easily startled
  • Avoiding anything associated with the event
Another symptom of PTSD is negative changes in thoughts or moods associated with the event. Examples include inability to remember important parts of the event and a persistent negative emotional state.

All of these symptoms will have begun or worsened after the event occurred.
These symptoms will have lasted longer than a month, will be impacting the individualīs functioning significantly, and will not be due to the effects of medications, drugs, or alcohol use.
The traumatic event will have been one involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.

Acute Stress Disorder has symptoms similar to PTSD. Symptoms usually develop immediately after the event, can be diagnosed as soon as three days after the event, and will last no less than three days and up to a month. Assess for possible PTSD if symptoms have been present for longer than one month.

The Right Types of Counselling can be Helpful in Overcoming Trauma Related Conditions

During the initial FREE session, you will also be asked to fill out assessment forms, in order to help us to evaluate the nature and intensity of symptoms, and other issues that you may be facing. This process helps us to us pinpoint effective first steps towards the future you desire.

During the next session, I take a solutions-focused approach. We will invest some time to get a clear motivating vision of specifically how your new life will be different and better once your symptoms of trauma are greatly reduced, and we will agree upon goals you be will moving towards.

Later, positive momentum can accelerate after both of us better understand the things that seem to help maintain your symptoms. Research shows that Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) has helped many people to examine and then release painful and negative thought patterns related to past traumas. TIR is also helpful when one has experienced a trauma, but does not have a trauma disorder. (Traumatic Incident Reduction Association, 2013).

Although you may at times feel hopeless about improvement due to your symptoms, there is help so your sense of inner calm can reemerge and begin to support healing. Throughout the process, you will be strongly supported as you create detailed goals that motivate you, and effective ways of measuring the effectiveness of your own steps towards achieving each of them.
Use what you've been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!
Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir
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