Trauma Counselling Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire CBT Therapy for trauma at Possibilities helping you overcome post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and trauma-related problems. With new, more effective coping strategies, our integrated approach helps you toward better functioning and being more present in the world.
Trauma therapy in Aberdeen (Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR Therapy) provided by our trauma specialists at Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Aberdeen can also help you repair the disturbances in your relationships with your mind, body and other people and help you move toward feeling more in-tune, comfortable in your own skin, more fully allive, more fully engaged, mobilised, and more fully present with yourself and other people.
In addition to CBT Therapy for Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) in Aberdeen, we offer you counselling for trauma-related problems, such as: anxiety, depression, stress, anger, panic, worry, social anxiety, bereavement, grief and loss, relationship problems, guilt, sleep disturbance, flashbacks, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders plus drug and alcohol misuse.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller
Trauma-related problems and, at the more extreme end, post-traumatic stress, may include combinations of the following:
- Reliving the traumatic event(s): recurring unwanted and intrusive thoughts, images, memories about the trauma, flashbacks (experiencing past events as if they are occurring in the present), nightmares.
- Feeling hyper-alert and ready for danger: Hyperarousal: increased startle response and hypervigilance. Dissociation.
- Changes your relationship to your body and body state: having physical reactions like sweating or shaking when reminded of the trauma.
- Attempt to avoid reminders of the traumatic event(s): actively avoiding thinking about the trauma, avoiding reminders of the trauma and avoiding close relationships.
- Experiencing other emotions: depression, anxiety, mood swings or emotional numbness, self-blame, blaming others, mistrust, shame, guilt, grief, extreme denial and anger. For example, anger is a common emotional response after experiencing a traumatic event and can have disastrous impact on many aspects of a person's life and relationships.
Please note: It should be remembered that different people respond to trauma in different ways. The above symptoms are all within the range of normal human reactions to disturbing events and usually resolve after a few weeks. However, if these symptoms are still bothering you months or years later, you may need additional help.
If the post-traumatic stress symptoms are ignored, denied or avoided, other problems can emerge later, such as alcohol and substance misuse or over-eating. These are sometimes used to numb or soothe the trauma symptoms.
Flarebombs bloom on the dark sky.
A child clasps his hands and laughs.
I hear the sound of guns,
and the laughter dies.
But the witness
Thich Nhat Hanh
Trauma-related psychological problems and physiological reactions can occur in response to a range of different traumatic experiences, such as: accidents, fires, personal injury, abuse, rape, assault, burglary, childhood abuse (verbal, emotional, sexual and physical), war and natural disasters.
We may also have significant traumatic responses to loss and bereavement, disturbing and upsetting events, bullying, relationship problems, relationship break-down, traumatic separations, job loss and witnessing or hearing about a trauma.
"Every single day, whether we realise it or not, we witness and are affected by violence." Kaethe Weingarten
The traumatic event may be a single experience, a series of events or a complex inter-play of events. Sometimes the trauma response occurs immediately after the event, at other times it may occur many weeks, months or even years later.
The severity of problematic reactions to trauma varies greatly from person to person. For example, it can leave some people with some traumatic symptoms and others with many or none.
How common is Post-Traumatic Stress?
All of us will experience traumatic events of varying severity in our lifetime. As trauma impacts on everyone to some degree, its effects ripple through families and communities.
It is thought that at least 1 in 7 of us will experience the more extreme post-traumatic stress symptoms at some stage. Many more of us will also struggle to cope with the after-affects of an unresolved traumatic experience but, perhaps, without the more extreme symptoms. Therefore, it is much more common in mild to moderate forms.
You should consider seeking trauma therapy (counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma incident reduction therapy and EMDR) when the post-traumatic stress or trauma-related issues are concerning you or interfering with your normal functioning, relationships and daily activities and you would like help from an experienced and qualified therapist to overcome them.
Trauma therapy involves thinking about your relationship with the trauma, managing the effects of the trauma, such as your bodies response plus applying various therapeutic techniques to alleviate your suffering and re-engage with hope. Recovery is possible.
Although therapy can sometimes be difficult, our therapists are trained to proceed in safe and compassionate ways and at a gentle pace that you control.
Trauma therapy can help you heal the trauma, explore associated factors and unearth your strengths.
To make an appointment for Trauma Counselling or CBT Therapy or to make an inquiry, please contact Tracey Johnston, Clinical Director
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All communications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion.
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
14 - 20 John Street