At Existential Practice I offer counselling to people suffering from symptoms of a single incident trauma or complex trauma. Those might manifest as symptoms of depression, anxiety, personality disorder, somatic pain and, in some cases, present as Post-Traumatic Stress.
I work with clients who experienced domestic violence, childhood abuse, sexual assault or life threatening events (such as being close to death). Trauma response is a natural and “smart” mechanism allowing your brain and body to process events and recover.
Seeing a specialist to assist your recovery is recommended if you are experiencing some of the symptoms of PTSD:
– Recurrent thoughts or memories of most hurtful or terrifying events
– Feeling as though the event is happening again
– Recurrent nightmares
– Feeling detached or withdrawn from people
– Difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, feeling on guard
– Feeling irritable or having outbursts of anger
– Avoiding activities that remind you of the most traumatic or hurtful events
– Feeling as if you don’t have a future
– Sudden emotional or physical reaction when reminded of the most hurtful or traumatic events
If you feel that you may have been affected by trauma, but hesitate to seek treatment, it may be helpful to know that you do not need to disclose, recall or talk about the events in your therapy sessions. In fact, it is often counterproductive and can result in re-traumatisation, if done too early in treatment. In the initial stage of therapy we take our focus to building therapeutic alliance and work on addressing current symptoms that may be affecting the quality of your life.
My approach is transparent and I always encourage open discussion about the stages, direction and “speed” of therapy, as I believe that achieving sense of control, safety, stability and self-confidence are main factors contributing to the recovery from trauma.