Most of us have experienced psychological trauma at some level throughout our lives. These events can be anything from witnessing or being in a road traffic accident, physical or mental abuse through to living in violent conflict. Such events can trigger off our "fight or flight" response resulting in an experience of extreme fear, threat or helplessness to our own personal integrity. The triggers that can cause these reactions are a result of an "unconscious pattern match" from the original trauma. A certain smell, sound, sight or taste can fire up those feelings inside us, immediately leading us to reliving that event once more.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
PTSD occurs when a person has been exposed to a traumatic event where they have experienced, witnessed or been confronted with an event (or events) involving actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of themselves or others resulting in a response of intense fear, helplessness or horror.
The person constantly re-lives the experience by either having persistent distressing recollections of the event, recurring dreams or reliving their traumatic ordeal in forms such as flashbacks, illusions or hallucinations. This can be extremely debilitating for the person affecting their daily routines and continuously increasing their emotional arousal resulting in affecting sleep patterns, concentration, irritability, hyper-vigilance or an exaggerated startle response.
As a Human Givens Psychotherapist; I will be able to work with you to:
help you understand your traumatic experience,
help you understand how the brain processes such an event and how
these memories are stored,
eliminate strong emotions by using an effective technique called
teach you how to relax deeply and take back control of your life.