Trauma Counselling in Cape Town

What is Trauma Counselling?

Trauma is the body’s response to an emotionally charged event that can have severe effects on an individuals’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This occurs in response to an external stressor, which can vary in terms of its severity – something that one person may be able to brush off, could be severely traumatic for another. People who have undergone a trauma may find themselves reliving the event – even through dreams. They may find themselves unable to move past that point in their lives, and function effectively because of it. In this case, trauma counselling is recommended. Trauma can bring with it physical consequences like insomnia, loss of appetite and/or headaches; as well as emotional consequences like feelings of anger or fear.

Trauma counselling a short-term intervention, where the counsellor attempts to assist the client in coming to terms with the aftermath of the trauma – the way it made the client feel, emotions associated with it, and the like. The end goal of trauma counselling is to aid the client in feeling like a victor, rather than a victim, and embrace this mentality moving forward.

Will Trauma Counselling Help Me?

Everyone has suffered terrible experiences throughout the course of their life. When this traumatic experience becomes unbearable to live with, involves bad dreams and reliving the experience, trauma counselling should be considered. There is no trauma too small or too big – we are all different, and we all experience things differently.

Trauma counselling aims to equip the you with coping mechanisms, and encourages a move away from living in the past. Where a trauma has occurred, and the feelings associated with it have been suppressed, trauma counselling aims to make sense of and validate these feelings, in order that the client may move forward and thrive.

In the case of a robbery, hijacking, divorce or separation, loss of a job or a loved one, rape, car accident, illness or even in the case of a natural disaster, trauma counselling is recommended. While these are extreme examples of trauma, these are not the only ones that require treatment – bullying, childhood neglect, harsh, critical parenting and any kind of abuse cannot be overlooked. Any event that is perceived as negative, and is negatively impacting on your life can benefit from trauma counselling.

If the cause of your trauma is related to the loss of a loved one, you can also consider bereavement counselling or grief counselling or even personalised counselling . In some cases, it can be helpful to include your spouse in the process, so that they can assist you in the healing process by offering their support, and having a better understanding of what you are going through.

Group counselling is extremely beneficial too, as it allows you to share with people who have had similar experiences.

Trauma Counselling in Western Cape

This type of counselling is in response to a traumatic event that the client has experienced. It enables the client to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and stop living their lives in that particular moment in time. The aim is to aid the client in living a more fulfilled life, in spite of the trauma they have undergone.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strengths

Sigmund Freud