Trauma is a word we use in everyday language to mean a highly stressful event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. I work with people of all ages.
While I am writing about psychological effects it’s effects are clearly physiological as well. But it is an individual’s subjective experience that determines whether an event is traumatic or not.
Psychological trauma is the unique to each person’s experience of the event or enduring conditions, in which:
They subjectively perceive how great a threat is to their life, bodily or sanity and if their emotional experience is overwhelming.
Put another way: it is the experience of the survivor.
You could have two people, who have the same horrible event happen to them. Person A could be quite traumatised but Person B remains relatively unperturbed.
So, a traumatic event creates a psychological trauma when it overwhelms that person’s ability to cope. They can feel emotionally, cognitively, and physically swamped and unable to cope.
It includes responses to powerful one-time incidents like:
- natural disasters
- crimes and street violence
- violent events
- repetitive experiences such as child abuse, neglect
- concentration camps
- battering relationships as adults
- enduring deprivation.
Single shocking events can certainly produce traumatic reactions in some people:
- Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, etc.
Man suffering physical and mental trauma due to an accident at work
- Car, train and plane crashes, chemical spills, nuclear failures, etc.
- Accidents at home or work
- War and political violence
- Human rights abuses
- Criminal violence
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Sadistic abuse
Who Are Trauma Survivors?
Because violence is everywhere in our culture and because the effects of violence and neglect are widespread; trauma does not discriminate.
Survivors are all: genders, ages, races, classes, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities. There has been a cultural gender bias leading to an under-recognition of male trauma survivors, which has made it difficult for these men to get the help they need.
What are the Effects?
- substance dependence and abuse
- personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder)
- anxiety (including post traumatic stress disorder)
- dissociative disorders
- eating disorders
Plus many more.
Using the Flourish Programme most people are able to get where they need to be in just 2-3 sessions.
Please note. I do not regress people to remember abusive and traumatic events, (unless someone specifically asks for it).
If they do I will use a very rapid form of hypnotic regression based on Flourish principles. It does not take several weeks it is normal to complete it in 4-5 sessions over 2 weeks.