What is trauma?
Trauma is the psychological damage that you suffer from a serious and distressing event. A traumatic event could be something like being in an accident, being a victim or crime or bullying, or anything that has left you deeply affected and unable to stop yourself from reliving the event.
A stricter medical definition of psychological trauma would be that trauma has to involve actual or threatened death – either affecting you, being witnessed by you or being discovered by you. However, as I’ve outlined, it is possible for people to experience symptoms as a result of distressing experiences that fall outside of this criteria.
What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition in which people have been left psychologically scarred by their experience of trauma. You can find out more about PTSD in this blog post. Symptoms of the condition include low mood, nightmares and flashbacks (the experience of reliving the incident as if it’s occurring all over again).
These symptoms can be very distressing for both the person suffering and their friends, family and loved ones.
How can PTSD be treated?
The symptoms of PTSD can often seem like a negative form of hypnotic trance; sufferers can feel like they’re observing their own experiences from a distance and aren’t anchored in this reality. Because of this similarity to a trance state though, hypnotherapy combined with psychotherapy can be an effective form of treatment.
How can you book a therapy session for trauma or PTSD?
To book a therapy session or simply to find out more, please contact me. I’m based in Larbert, close to Falkirk. I’m only a 5 minute walk from the train station, which offers regular, direct services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.