Trauma Therapy : Future Focus Counselling & Consulting

Common Sources

Trauma can be categorized into "Big T" and "Small t" traumas, each affecting individuals differently.

"Big T" Trauma: These are typically single, life-altering events that are easily identifiable. Examples include:

  • Experiencing or witnessing acts of violence or abuse.
  • Life-threatening accidents or natural disasters.
  • Prolonged exposure to high-stress environments, such as military combat.

"Small t" Trauma: These are less dramatic, but still impactful events that accumulate over time. Examples include:

  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
  • Ongoing relational conflicts or workplace stress.
  • Chronic illness or recurring medical procedures.

Signs of Trauma

Individuals experiencing trauma may exhibit various symptoms, such as:

  • Persistent feelings of anxiety, fear, or sadness.
  • Flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts related to the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma.
  • Mood swings, irritability, or anger.
  • Feelings of numbness, detachment, or disconnection from others or oneself.

Therapeutic Approach

Trauma therapy employs methods like Trauma Informed Stabilization Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative therapy, tailored to individual needs. These techniques focus on processing traumatic memories safely, rebuilding a sense of safety, and enhancing coping strategies. The aim is to help individuals regain control over their lives, foster resilience, and empower their personal strengths, facilitating recovery and emotional well-being.

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