Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Newcastle
Elevated Wellbeing are experienced therapists providing counselling for PTSD and trauma in Newcastle. Trauma is an emotional and physical response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event. Trauma can be experienced in person, through hearing or witnessing an event, and listening or hearing other people’s experiences.
Sometimes trauma can be labelled complex trauma. This usually means that a person has experienced trauma over an extended period of time. This often involves another person (or people). For example, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, community violence or war. Developmental trauma is another example of this where people experience ongoing trauma when they are growing up, which can result in fear, maladaptive beliefs about themself or the world and hypervigilance.
Trauma can also arise from a single incident. Single incident trauma involves witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event once, often where they feel they are in danger or experience extreme distress.
What is PTSD?
When people experience or witness a traumatic event or repeated events, they can sometimes develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress or meet the criteria for a diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress may also arise when there is a threat that these events will happen, even if they do not actually end up happening.
A person doesn’t have to have seen the event to experience trauma, it can also be through learning that a close family member or friend was exposed to trauma, hearing other people’s experience or witnessing others trauma. Repeated or extreme indirect exposure to trauma can also lead to post-traumatic stress symptoms called vicarious trauma for example, first responders seeing distressing incidents regularly or therapists and teachers hearing about distressing events.
Often symptoms of trauma fall into the following categories:
Reoccuring and distressing memories of the traumatic event
Dreams or nightmares about the event
Emotional distress and physical reactions to reminders of the event
Flashbacks, or feeling like you are reliving the event
Avoiding triggers of the event such as places, smells, activities or people
Finding yourself trying to find distractions to avoid thinking about the event
Negative changes in mood and thoughts
Having a negative view on the world or yourself
Difficulties with close relationships
Feeling detached from others
Losing interest in activities or not experiencing positive emotions
Feeling numb, not present or detached from reality.
Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Being easily startled
Excessive alcohol use or risk-taking behaviour
Feeling irritable, angry or aggressive
Overwhelming guilt or shame
How counselling for PTSD & Trauma can help
With effective treatment, people can cope better with trauma, reduce it’s severity and the impact on their lives. As a practice Elevated Well-being are experienced in providing treatment and counselling for all trauma including developmental trauma, PTSD, chronic trauma, single incident trauma and vicarious trauma. Our mental health professionals are highly trained and use personalised, science-based therapy ensuring you get the best treatment possible.
Are you wanting to reduce the impacts trauma has on your life? Contact our mental health professionals today to book in an appointment for counselling for PTSD in Newcastle, either in person, online or via telephone.