Strength in vulnerability: how our trauma counselling can help

Trauma counselling by Trauma psychologists

In a world that often values strength and resilience above all else, it can be easy to overlook the power and potential of vulnerability. Yet, it is precisely in our moments of vulnerability that we can find the strength to heal and grow. This is especially true for those who have experienced trauma. Trauma can leave wounds that impact every aspect of a person’s life, from their mental and emotional well-being to their relationships and overall sense of self.

However, in our city of Perth, there are services for those seeking to find strength in vulnerability – trauma counseling. With compassionate and skilled trauma trained psychologists we offer a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their experiences, process their emotions, and ultimately find the strength to heal. In this article, we will delve into the transformative power of trauma counseling and how it can help individuals in their journey towards healing and reclaiming their lives.

It has long been recognised that if you have been through a traumatic experience you need help if you are to recover fully. Many people fear that this will involve ‘reliving’ the trauma or getting stuck in the past. With our evidence-based treatment approaches, it is not a requirement to put into words the depth of the story.

What are trauma symptoms?

Virtually everyone experiences a trauma or significant stressor at some point in their lives, and we are usually able to recover from these experiences naturally, over a relatively short period of time. There are times, however, that people have difficulty recovering after certain traumatic or extremely stressful events. In these cases, one might experience a wide range of reactions.

Some of the most common reactions are:

  • repeated thoughts or memories of the event;
  • dreams or nightmares;
  • intense emotions at thoughts or reminders of what happened;
  • efforts to avoid thinking about it, as well as to avoid people, places, or situations that might be reminders;
  • changes in your sense of who you are, or in how you see the world around you;
  • trouble in relationships;
  • impulsive or self-destructive behaviour; and
  • difficulty with different emotions, such as depression, anxiety, anger, shame, and guilt.

What happens when the memories that won’t fade?

Normally our memories are organised in the hippocampus part of our brain then stored safely away in the neocortex or ‘long term memory’. When you have been traumatised these memories feel active or live, they don’t feel like they are safely stored in our long term memory. It is experienced as a current situation, and that things are happening now.

Benefits of trauma counselling

Trauma counseling offers a range of benefits that can have a signifcant impact on individuals’ lives. Firstly, it provides a supportive and empathetic environment where individuals can feel heard and understood. Our trauma pscyhologists are trained professionals who specialize in helping individuals navigate the complex emotions and challenges associated with trauma. Through active listening, validation, and guidance, they empower individuals to reclaim their voice and agency.

Additionally, trauma counseling equips individuals with valuable coping mechanisms and tools to manage their trauma-related symptoms. Techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness-based interventions can help individuals process their traumatic experiences, reduce anxiety and depression, and develop healthier coping strategies.

How trauma counselling works

Our trauma psychologists are trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma focused therapy and memory processing techniques that can help you leave the past memories behind and move forward with your life in a positive and meaningful way.

Counselling can help you to learn ways of dealing with emotional conflicts caused by your trauma. You will develop an understanding of how your past affects the way you feel now and set goals for how you want to feel and act in the future.

Your trauma psychologist can help you:

  • Identify what triggers your stressful memories and other symptoms
  • Find ways to cope with intense feelings about the past
  • Become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, so you can change your reactions to them
  • Raise your self-esteem
  • Reduce your symptoms, the intensity, frequency and severity of flashbacks
  • Work out a way to live with your symptoms
  • Learn how to cope with feelings of guilt or sadness, improving your relationships with colleagues, friends and family

How long does trauma counselling last?

Trauma focused therapy lasts up to 14-20 sessions or more depending on the complexity of your concerns and past events. Initially sessions may be spaced biweekly or weekly but phased out towards the end.

What to expect during a trauma counselling session?

During a trauma counseling session, you can expect a safe and confidential environment where you can freely express yourself. The counselor will actively listen and provide validation, empathy, and support. They may ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of your experiences and help you explore your emotions. Together, you and your counselor will work collaboratively to identify goals and develop a personalized treatment plan.

The importance of addressing trauma

Ignoring or suppressing trauma can lead to long-term negative effects on an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Unresolved trauma can manifest as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. By addressing trauma through counseling, individuals can break free from the chains of their past and create a brighter future.

In conclusion, trauma counseling in Perth provides a place for those seeking strength in vulnerability. It offers a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their experiences, process their emotions, and ultimately find the strength to heal. With the guidance of skilled trauma psychologists and the implementation of self-care techniques, individuals can embark on a transformative journey towards reclaiming their lives.

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Our Trauma Psychology Team

Namrata Makhijini

Namrata has over five years of experience working with youth and adults. Namrata works with adults and adolescents and is experienced with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. Namrata is experienced in a range of therapies.

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Heidi Smith
Senior Psychologist

Heidi is experienced in working with trauma and complex trauma. She is experienced in eye-movement desensitization reprocessing therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive processing therapy for trauma.

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Megan Moussa
Senior Psychologist

Megan is a valued member of our team and a Senior Registered Psychologist. Megan has significant experience with adults and adolescents.

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Katherine Shanhun
Senior Psychologist

With over 12 years of experience as a psychologist in both private practice and not-for-profit centres Katherine has significant experience with a wide range of therapies for trauma including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectal Behaviour Therapy. Katherine excels working with clients with depression, anxiety, family therapy and complex trauma.

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Where are you located?

A resolution Applecross has been proudly helping the people of Perth for over 10 years. Set in the heart of Applecross Community Village (Private entry on the first floor via stairs) and Reynolds Road Medical Centre (Wheelchair accessible). We are conveniently located just off the Kwinana Fwy. Nearby suburbs include South Perth, Como, Booragoon, Victoria Park, Mount Pleasant, Rossmoyne, Fremantle, Willeton and more.

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