What Is Trauma?

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Trauma is something that many of us can relate to in one way or another. It could be a distressing event, a series of difficult experiences, childhood neglect or even the lingering effects of a past struggle. Regardless of the form it takes, trauma can leave a profound impact on our lives, affecting our mental and emotional well-being.

According to renowned experts such as Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, trauma is not just an event that happens to us but also the way our bodies and minds respond to those events. It goes beyond the mere memory of an event and can profoundly impact our nervous system, brain chemistry, and overall well-being.
This impact can manifest as symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, nightmares, flashbacks, and difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships.

Although the topic of trauma has become ever more popular in current society, it is important to note that trauma is a deeply personal experience, and its effects can vary from person to person.

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How Can Plymouth Counselling Help You Heal From Trauma?

Counselling is beneficial for healing from trauma as it can help you make sense of your feelings and reactions. Traumatic events often leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused, and disconnected from ourselves. Through counselling, you can gain a deeper understanding of the impact trauma has had on your life and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Furthermore, counselling can support you in rebuilding trust and connection with others. Trauma can often strain our relationships, causing feelings of isolation and mistrust. Your counsellor can assist you in developing healthy boundaries, improving communication skills, and fostering healthy connections with your loved ones. They can guide you through the process of rebuilding trust, both in yourself and in others, so that you can form meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

It is always important to remember that even if you choose counselling as a way to help you move forward, you will never be pressured to talk about anything you do not wish to. Our counselling will always be led by the pace you set and I do not believe it is necessary for everyone to talk about their traumatic experiences in order to heal from them. Instead you will be encouraged and supported to reconnect with yourself, acknowledge your own needs and rebuild your trust and connection with yourself and others.

As it is becoming more widely understood how trauma is held within our bodies, it can be useful to also look at physical forms of therapy like yoga or somatic experiencing. Some people may choose this over a talking based therapy, but many find both helpful in their journey to recover their true selves away from the impact trauma has had on them.

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For the past 4 years, Sarah had been working with people across Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall and London to help release them from their anxieties, feelings of low self esteem, depression and life stresses. As individuals, we all have basic needs that need to be met to live a fulfilled life.

You have the resources to make change and live that life. I can help you find your resources and the strength to make the choices you want to be making.

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Sarah Avenell

Integrative Personal Counsellor

4+ years experience