Multi-ethnic emergency team carrying a patientNormally our defenses allow us to weather the ups and downs that make up normal life. But sometimes, events occur that are so far outside of our normal experience that our minds and our bodies don’t know how to cope. These events are the arrows that pierce our armour and affect us in ways we don’t understand and don’t seem to be able to control. This is the experience of trauma.

Trauma can come in many different ways. We might witness a horrific road accident. We might be victims of a crime. We might experience abuse. We might find ourselves surrounded by the horrors of war. We might lose our jobs in unfair and unjust circumstances. A relationship might end in a mess. All of these things have the potential to cause trauma.

When a person suffers trauma, they might experience tiredness, a lack of energy, sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, low tolerance levels, muscle tension, nightmares, flash backs, headaches, fear and anxiety. The flow on effects impact relationships and the normal functioning of life.

Some who experience trauma think that avoiding talking about what happened will make it go away. However, the reverse is true. Talking about what has happened in a confidential and trusted environment begins the process of building a support base to help you cope with the event. Staying active is essential, as is eating and sleeping well. And getting help to examine how the trauma is linked to past experiences can lead to understanding why the event has such an impact in the present.

Matt and the team at MGA Counselling Services can help you talk through the traumatic event you have experienced, come to terms with the impact it is having on your life, and then work with you to lessen the impact that trauma has on your life. We will also equip you with the skills to deal with the emotions should memories and flash backs trigger another episode.

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