Counselling for trauma victims usually involves:
- Emotional support for current distress;
- Problem solving around immediate issues like returning to work, childcare or other social roles;
- Self care by eating a healthy diet, exercising in moderation, and improving sleep habits;
- Talking through the traumatic event/s as it happened;
- Labelling emotions that are caused by the event eg fear, guilt, anger, grief, etc;
- Education around why the events were traumatic;
- Talking about how your personal views of the world were changed by the trauma;
- Learning about anxiety and depressive symptoms;
- Coping in more effective ways;
- Improving social support and learning to ask for support from others.
One of the most important parts of counselling for trauma is feeling understood and accepted by your counsellor. If you feel confident to talk about the event and that your counsellor is on the same page as you, then this very important. Talking about the trauma will help you to process the event and understand why they affected you deeply.
Our highly qualified and experienced team of therapists specialise in working with people who have experienced trauma; we have a psychiatrist, psychologists and a midwife counsellor able to help you with specific needs.