Trauma and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) follow a significant event or traumatic experience such as: witnessing or being involved in some kind of threat or attack, violence, physical or emotional abuse, childhood neglect, bullying, war, conflicts, accidents or injuries. Symptoms of trauma can also arise from any kind of negative experience, like feeling embarassed, ashamed, frightened, rejected, betrayed or neglected. Essentially trauma is a result of an experience that threatens our personal sense of safety, security or survival. It is described as a normal reaction to abnormal or unsual events or experiences.


Symptoms of trauma & PTSD include:


  • reliving of the original experience

  • intrusive thoughts, images or memories

  • feelings of shock, denial or disbelief

  • anxiety & fear

  • irritability & anger

  • feelings of guilt or shame

  • low self-esteem

  • withdrawing from family and friends

  • feelings of disconnection

  • depression

  • difficulty sleeping 

  • nightmares or flashbacks

  • difficulty relaxing

  • fatigue

  • feeling on edge and jumpy

  • agitation

  • tensions, aches and pain

  • feeling under threat or in danger


These symptoms can appear within days, weeks, months or even years following specific events and can last until help is sought.


Trauma can be experienced at any time or from any situation where you feel overwhelmed, scared or shocked. Earlier life events can leave some people more susceptible to experiencing trauma. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed and despondent but help is available.  


It is especially important to take your time to find a trauma therapist you feel comfortable with and one that is qualified and experienced in treating trauma. There are a wide array of psychotherapy approaches to treat trauma and it really is worth speaking to different people and exploring what feels most helpful to you.  


Trauma therapy involves the processing of related memories and feelings. This includes learning and developing ways to dissolve the strong surge of physiological responses that can be triggered by traumatic memories. Throughout the healing process of trauma therapy, many people report feeling more able to cope and deal with strong, previously overwhelming emotions as well as an increased sense of trust - both in themselves and in others.


Dr. Sarah Davies is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist & Trauma Therapist trained in the use of Specialist Trauma Therapy approaches; Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) and body-based approaches including sensorimotor psychotherapy and trauma-sensitive yoga.


EMDR is a complex and powerful tool used to treat trauma and PTSD as well as a range of other related issues such as phobias and addictions. 

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