No one’s broken beyond repair.
There is more to you than whatever you have survived.
And just because others may go through worse doesn’t mean you don’t deserve support.
When we think of trauma, we might think of extreme cases like people being bombed or being at war, natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and wildfires.
Post Traumatic Stress (I prefer the term PTS to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD) is a normal response to having survived something abnormal.
Symptoms obviously differ depending on what you’ve survived and how often. Complex trauma (sometimes called Complex PTSD or developmental trauma) can sound (and feel, when living with it) more challenging but you can learn self-care tools for complex trauma, too.
Sexual assault or abuse, physical abuse, bullying, domestic violence… the list of ways in which humans harm others is a long one.
Physiologically, surviving trauma can affect the way we see everything and our resulting hypervigilance can make life feel incredibly challenging.
Fortunately, we have an amazing capacity to heal.
Though this is different for everyone, should never be forced and can take a long time, Post Traumatic Growth can mean some people begin to see what felt unliveable with as a gift of sorts.
Trauma therapy has evolved
You have already survived.
This is about supporting you in exploring residual feelings and thoughts about it and teaching you tools you can use when you feel flooded, scared and like you might never be OK again.
Trauma therapy, trauma sensitive yoga, trauma sensitive mindfulness and trauma sensitive coaching can help you help yourself.
PTSD self-care and trauma self help is especially helpful as, often, it impacts our capacity to trust others. I want to support you in being able to help yourself.
I love being able to share the self-care tools for trauma that have helped (and continue to help) me with people like you.
All my work is collaborative so the choice about the direction we take and tools you learn is entirely up to you.
The fact that you’re even reading this, looking for support and knowing you can improve things is a big step.
You can also access several more self care for trauma ideas HERE
The videos below are clips from my studio guest slot about working with trauma with trauma sensitive yoga and EFT as well as psychosynthesis counselling.
The live webcast was after Michael Gavin’s workshop at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Private Practice conference on trauma in London (September 2015 with studio co-hosts Anne Scoging and Karen Lloyd).