Trauma therapy is a type of mental health treatment that counsellors use to help people overcome psychological trauma. A traumatic event can and will often happen when you least expect and without warning when it does so. It is important to recognise that if you are experiencing trauma as this is how you brain is acknowledging what has happened to you. Trauma is often associated with activities of war, distressing accidents , being raped, receiving a distressing medical diagnosis, being attacked or mugged, etc. but it can also refer to difficult events in childhood.
Thousands of people each year grow up and live in abusive relationships or regularly witness distressing events- severe rows, alcoholic or violent parents, or have to live with care-givers who were emotionally unavailable to them. This is all abuse and has a detrimental effect on the well-being of the child and their ability to grow into emotionally resilient, strong and confident adults.
Trauma therapy will offer you a secure space where you will be able to relay and project your feelings and bodily experience resulting from your traumatic experience, whilst feeling safe, listened to and cared for. A therapist in this specialist area will be highly trained to work with trauma and will be able to offer grounding techniques, breath and bodywork and awareness exercises in the "here-and-now" so you can begin a safe route to recovery. It may also be appropriate and useful for you to have some EMDR Therapy.
In the current world of information at our fingertips we are more aware than ever that trauma can affect people in many ways: Symptoms that might indicate trauma or PTSD include hyperawareness, nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks, de-realisation, dissociation, panic attacks, unusual levels of irritability, and anger outbursts.