A confidential space to explore the thoughts,
feelings and challenges in your life.
Trauma and PTSD counselling from CB Counselling services Bedford and also available online.
Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Traumatic events often come unexpectedly or out of the blue. Traumatic events include but are not limited to abuse, accidents, assault, bereavement, combat and disasters.
Events such as these have the effect of turning one’s world upside down. Managing the impact of traumatic events without support can be hard for many people. That’s where a trauma counsellor can help to understand and accept what has happened and then look to the future.
People respond in different ways to trauma. There are different stages that present themselves after such an event and the length and impact of each stage is dependent on the individual. A trauma counsellor will help you to understand your feelings. Working with you, at your own pace and centred around your needs, you can explore and find ways to cope and live a positive life day-to-day. You can also learn to manage negative thoughts and feelings when they arise away from the counselling setting.
The reaction to trauma in the first days and weeks is likely to be raw and the emotional responses can be many and varied. One of the frustrations about recovering from a traumatic episode is that there is no mapped path. As humans we are unique. Our personalities, emotions and coping mechanisms are our own. Once that is understood it is easier to accept
that recovery will include progress and setbacks, perhaps within the same day. But over time, and with the right support, sustained improvements can be seen to be made. Even then challenges can still present themselves months or years
later that may require further professional help.
Is day-to-day life proving a struggle? Do negative thoughts come into your head at the wrong time and when you’re not expecting them? Do you experience flashbacks? These are indications that you might need some help. You can make an appointment to visit your GP. They may refer to you a specialist counsellor or you could contact a counsellor directly. Either way, exploring your feelings with somebody can be the first step to recovery.
My work is about creating a safe space where someone can come and explore freely and without judgement the emotional responses they are experiencing. For many people the world will be a different place following the traumatic event. Time is needed to accept and reflect on the event before discussing strategies for recovery.
In the aftermath of a traumatic event, you may feel you are coping and that you have a good support network around you. However, as time goes on you may still be struggling and not sensing a recovery. That would be a strong sign that some professional help maybe needed, whether first via a GP or direct to a counsellor. I, like most qualified counsellors provide a free initial consultation. This will help you to understand how I work, what you can expect, and for you to consider whether I am the right counsellor for you.
©2021 Caroline Bygrave. Counsellor in Bedford.
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