WHAT WILL TRAUMA COUNSELLING LOOK LIKE
THREE STAGES OF TRAUMA COUNSELLING
There are three distinct phases that I will take you through during your trauma counselling.
Education, Safety & Stabilization
This is the first and most important phase of trauma counselling! Stage one is not about discussing and processing of traumatic memories but instead creating a road map and strengthening the person. For some individuals this can take a long time depending on the severity and complexity of the trauma. I will help you to:
Become educated on how the brain and body reacts to trauma, to help you normalize the trauma. “You mean I’m not crazy?” No, your nervous system and brain are responding exactly the way it was designed to respond after having survived repeated traumatic experiences, I will teach you all about it.
Establish personal safety, and self-care.
Tap into inner strengths and resources for healing.
Learn to regulate your emotions.
Learn to manage painful and unwanted thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Remembrance & Mourning
This is the stage where we get into the nitty gritty of trauma work, but I will safely work with you to:
Use EMDR therapy to transform traumatic memories into non-traumatic ones.
Build upon positive beliefs of self which spontaneously occur in the healing process and which emerge during this stage.
Review and discuss traumatic memories.
Process traumatic material to resolution.
Work through grief and mourn for what was lost in a person’s life due to trauma.
Connection & Reintegration
The final stage will build upon newly emerging positive healthy beliefs of self.
Imagine experiencing life in a new way including connecting with others and engaging in meaningful activities and life experiences.
What is Trauma?
When we experience a real or perceived threat of danger our brain sets off a series of responses that are designed to help us.
However, for some people the response of this experience does not resolve, either safety is not provided and/or the brain does not have a chance process the events.
It is important to know that you can recover from trauma!